Creating Your First Resume

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Dec 14, 2010 in , , | No Comments

There is no better time to start building your resume than NOW! But writing your first resume can be tough; trying to focus on your educational and extracurricular activities and less on your lack of work experience.

To get started, I would highly suggest getting a pen and paper and writing a draft/list that you can use as a blue print for your resume. In the draft list all of your educational experience (years, degrees, honors, etc.), extracurricular and volunteer experience (years, description, position), and any work experience, including any internships (years, description, position). Once you have all of this information, you can easily put it into a resume format.

Resumes can be written in a variety of formats. The format recommended for college students is the functional format because it focuses on skills and achievements.  Whatever computer program you use for reports and typing should have at least one resume template to choose from, but you can easily find others online (www.resumetemplates.org).

Regardless of which format you choose, the major components of a resume are:

  • Objective Statement – a brief statement of career and position objectives that are usually aligned with the position to which the application is applying
  • Summary of Qualifications – a brief statement summarizing all of the important qualifications the applicant possesses
  • Skills – a listing of the skills that the application has acquired over the course of their career
  • Accomplishments – awards or honors; demonstrate how the applicant used their skills to get things done
  • Work Experience – a brief listing of companies and positions held by the applicant, usually presented in reverse chronological order
  • Education – a listing of the educational degrees the applicant has received, year of receipt and the name of the institution
  • References – a listing of the educational degrees the applicant has received, year of receipt and the name of the institution

Use your blueprint to fill in this information and there you have it: your first resume! Be sure to save copies, because you will frequently add onto it throughout you career.

Be sure to check out “10 Tips to bullet Proof Your Resume”.