7 Sections Of A Perfect Student Resume 5

UniversityMany times throughout college, you will need to be able to share your accomplishments. During the college application process, your past experience should form the basis for your essay and will certainly come up during any interviews. If you apply for any scholarships, you will once again need to write about your accomplishments.

Do you have your information ready? When was it that you had a job at your local pet store? What was your manager’s name? What were your primary responsibilities? Remembering the details is almost impossible. However, this information will be necessary if you wish to get into a good school and win scholarships.

The solution is simple: write a student resume (past experience cheat sheet). In this resume, you can include all the details – dates, names, and even contact info – all in one (or two) sheet(s) of paper! Then, when you are writing an essay or preparing for an interview, you will have all this information ready at your finger tips.

1. Academics

Under this heading, list your high school, date of graduation, Grade Point Average (GPA), and any major test scores (SAT or ACT).

Davidson High School              September 2003 – June 2007
GPA: 3.54
SAT Score: 2100

2. Experience

Explain where you worked and who you worked for. Include dates, responsibilities, titles, employer’s name, and employer’s contact info.

Sam’s Sporting Store               May 2005 – Present
Part-time Sports Salesman. Helped customers find the right equipment for many sports including soccer, basketball, badminton, and volleyball. Three time winner of the “Salesman Of The Month” award – received based on customer feedback.
Manager: Sam Hickson
Phone: (627) 345-2342

3. Community Service

List all the community service activities you took part in. Include the same details you mentioned in the “Experience” section.

Sandre’s Soup Kitchen               August 2004 – February 2006
Dish Washer. Cleaned the dirty dishes. Often we were lacking for clean dishes, so I learned to work well and quickly under pressure.
Manager: Varied

4. Activities/Interests

Explain some the interests and activities that make you unique. This will be a pool of information you can draw on when you are looking for stories to illustrate a point in one of your essays.

Hillsdale County Running Team                   September 2005 – June 2007
Team Member 2005, 2006
Team Captain 2007
Ran in hundreds of races over a period of three years. Duties as a team captain included fund raising, pre-race preparation, and emergency care. Raised $752 for our team. Trained in CPR and adult first aid. Cared for teammate suffering from heatstroke.

5. Awards

List any awards that you won in school. If you do not have any, don’t worry – it really is not that important.

History Student Of The Year                  June 2006
Awarded for exceptional grades in World History II.
Judge: Roger Germain
Phone: (274) 034-3458

6. Memberships

Under this heading list any clubs or associations you were a member of.

Future Farmers of America                      September 2005 – August 2006
Went to weekly club meetings. Gave a presentation of the topic of “Raising Organic Pigs”. Entered my 253 pound pig in the Hillsdale County Fair and won 3rd place.

7. Personal Traits

In this section, list unusual personal traits. Are you left-handed? An adopted child? First/Youngest/Only child in your family? Any condition – positive or negative – that you have should be listed here.

Left-handed, child of a disabled veteran, 6′ 9″ tall, tornado survivor.

Now that you are done…

Once you have completed your student resume, print it out and keep it handy when you are writing college application or scholarship essays. This will be your “cheat sheet” for details about your experience and qualifications.

Keep in mind, this is not the resume you will use to apply for a job.  Your student resume should only be read by you because it has too much private contact information on it.  It really is only an information sheet that you can use when applying to college, writing scholarship essays, and building your public resume.

Have you written your student resume?

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5 thoughts on “7 Sections Of A Perfect Student Resume

  1. Reply Wojciech Aug 12,2009 9:34 AM

    I really like number 7 – haven’t seen this in many resume advice columns before, but I think it’s a great way to differentiate yourself if there are tens or hundreds of other applicants for the same job.

    I’ve been on the hiring side of the process before, and doing 10-20 interviews a day makes it VERY hard to remember who was who…this is awesome advice.

  2. Reply Paul Aug 12,2009 10:15 AM

    That’s quite a resume for anybody.

    I wish I’d put down that I was left-handed… 🙂

  3. Reply Thomas Frank Mar 7,2011 9:53 AM

    Number 7 is an iffy tip – resumes are designed to sell you – to get you an interview. I don’t know how being left handed or a certain height will make you a more attractive candidate – to me, that’s wasted space. Those kinds of things can go on your Facebook profile, which employers most certainly check out 🙂

  4. Reply emi737 Apr 20,2014 2:35 AM

    I wish I was left handed

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