The search is on for Spring internships. However, you can’t move forward with you old resume, or at least not entirely. Each semester demands a new, updated resume to send to employers. Even if you don’t have new job experiences, you’ll have new classes to add to reflect your updated skills. If nothing drastic has changed, what are the key elements in need of editing? Read on to find out.
It’s highly important for any student to have an education section listed on his or her resume. Natesa, a Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., explains that the standard way to arrange the education section is “University first, followed by major, and then GPA. If you want to provide more information in the Education section, you can bullet point GPA, relevant coursework, and course projects under the University and major."1
Even if you already had an education section built into your resume, it’s time to check it to see what’s new. Has your GPA or major changed? What new classes have you taken that are pertinent to your major or otherwise provide a new skillset? Especially if you don’t have much work experience, classes can be a great way to show potential employers that you’re well on your way and they should give you a shot.
Being involved for one semester isn’t enough; instead, your resume should be able to show a potential employer that you remain active as your college time progresses. Make sure to edit the dates for which you’re involved in your organizations each new year. Additionally, if you’ve taken on new positions, be sure to add those too. Even if it’s just Secretary of a small club, adding leadership experience will help to set you apart from your peers.
References and Statements
One final thing to update for the new season is your personal or objective statement. As Stephanie, a Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., explains, “Objective statements should be customized to the company and position you are applying for. You don’t have to totally rewrite your statement every time, but make sure you are clear on what it is you are looking for in your career.”2 Not every resume must include a personal statement, but if you use one, it must be updated. Imagine how awkward it would be to accidentally leave the name of a different company than the one you just applied for…. Talk about automatic disqualifiers.
Some students worry about adding references to their resume, however, as Tenneco Hiring Expert Hector points out, this isn’t really necessary. Instead, “If an organization needs references they will ask for them. You are usually asked to provide this information during the application process. Because the resume is sacred space, your focus should be on highlighting your skills/competencies in alignment with the role you are applying for.”3 Keep a reference in mind, but don’t put them on your resume unless a position for which you’re applying asks for it specifically.
Ultimately, as Dan, a Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, points out, the “Most important things to include in one's resume would have to be: Education, List of skills (transferable skills and ones that relate to that specific job), and Experience (Past jobs, Internships, and volunteer opportunities) to name a few.”4 Make sure that include an updated version of each section each time you submit your resume. This will give you the best possible chance to land an excellent Spring internship!