It’s student resume season at ResumeEdge, and I often get asked what makes for a winning student resume? The kind that will entice admissions directors to seriously consider the student for the college or university of his/her choice.
Although resumes are as varied as candidates, effective student resumes have certain things in common:
1. The resume is professional in appearance and content. Now isn’t the time to save a few dollars by doing it yourself. If you have no idea how to construct an attractive/compelling resume, leave it to the experts.
2. The document is as long as it needs to be within the guidelines of the school you’re targeting. The first thing any applicant should consider are the college’s or university’s guidelines in terms of length. If the targeted school insists on one page, then you must adhere to that rule. If there is no set page length, then the resume is as long as it needs to be, provided it contains only that information that will enhance your candidacy (nothing extraneous).
3. The data must show why you would be an asset to the school or its programs. This isn’t only about your aspirations, it’s about giving a seat to someone who deserves it. Schools and teachers don’t want to waste their time with an individual who isn’t there to learn and to enhance the school’s reputation.
4. It should give a glimpse into the kind of person you are. Unlike a resume used to obtain a job, a student resume should give the admissions committee an idea about who you are. Therefore, volunteer work and interests are often included in this type of resume.
As with any other resume, a student resume should show you to your best advantage, making certain to be accomplishment-focused with data that’s relevant to the school program you’re seeking.