Posted July 22, 2013 by

Useful Tips on How to Make a Resume for Students

Lois Weldon

Lois Weldon

Having a presentable resume is very important for you to be able to land your dream or needed job position.  An impressive resume is very necessary to each and every kind of applicant including the soon to be graduates aiming for a way to earn money after ending the student life and students who wish to work while studying.  Below are the tips on how to effectively get the employers’ attention.

The content
A lot of students believe that leaving the work history blank lessens their chance of getting qualified for a job.  What they do in order for them to resolve the insufficient looking resume is they fill in the empty slot by work experiences that are either not true or half true.  Employers know how to see which part of your resume is true and which is not.  Finding dishonesty in a resume will burn out any single chance for landing a job.  A resume is not all about work experiences and achievements but a chance for you to sell yourself by your impressive skills and capabilities.  Below are what should be included to get the employer’s interest and approval.

Heading is located at the top of the resume with the applicant’s basic information such as complete name, mailing address, contact numbers, email address, and if possible to add one’s own website as long as it is safe for professional use.

Educational background
This is where each and every college degrees and the relevant training courses you have finished or if not yet finished with the course, just input the expected graduation date for it.

It is best not to put an objective in the resume and submit a separate cover letter instead.  But some employers prefer not to get a cover letter so just to make sure that you are not lacking anything, put at least 2-3 sentences that describe your goals for the job position and your career.

Selected experience
This means relevant previous jobs or if there is no previous job yet, include internships and volunteer positions in this section with a short job description.

The skills section is the big star of the resume.  This is your biggest opportunity to highlight what you can contribute that will be a big help for the job and the company that is not limited to what is being taught in your school and course.  It will also be helpful if you go back and read the job description and put in to your resume the company’s required skills that you think you can provide.

Honors, Awards, and Recognitions
This section is not really necessary but can always be a big help as it serves as a proof of how hard working and diligent you are.

Activities, Affiliations, Special Interest
Like the section for honors and awards, this section is also not required but can help you get closer to the employer’s list of candidates.  This section demonstrates generally important skills like communication and leadership.

The style of the resume
So you are done with the impressive content but there is another important thing to consider, the style.  It seems unnecessary to create a professionally acceptable style but the style is what will make your resume get noticed initially by the employer.  When there is a foot thick pile of resumes, the employer is more often than not incapable to spend longer time to scan them one by one.  What the employer does is to pick up a reasonable set of resumes based on how presentable it looks like without having to read the first word in it.
The resume should be in just one page because as stated above, employers do not have too much time to spend on scanning multiple page resumes.  Ensure that the font is consistent, easy to read, and is in black ink all the time.  It is also advisable to use just a plain white paper for professionalism purposes.

The final touch
Before heading to the human resource office and submitting your resume, keep in mind the 2 reminders.
Take time to do a serious proofreading as frequent as possible.  A single misspelled word can make the employer instantly say no and next.  It is a no because you are not qualified not because the employer thinks that you are not smart enough because of the mistake but it is primarily because the single flaw that was found on your resume shows you being careless and inattentive.  The employer will say “next” because he will not waste any of his time for any of your explanations but instead, he will proceed to the next applicant hoping that the next applicant will be qualified.
Do customizing from time to time.  Just like a practice, customizing makes your resume perfect to be presented to employer during the application process.  Check out for the information that needs to be changed or updated regardless if what you are applying for posted just the same job description in order for you to achieve an eye catching, presentable, and impressive resume that will be followed by a job offer.

Lois Weldon is writer at She lives happily in London with her husband and lovely daughter. Adores writing tips for students. Passionate about Star Wars and yoga.

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