Basics for a Solid Resume
Building a solid resume is essential in order to get that job or internship you’ve been dreaming about. When crafting up your resume for potential employers, hiring managers, or recruiters, it’s important that you have the necessary information available for them to view. In this blog, you will get an inside look from our experts on how to create a solid resume. 

Start Strong

Knowing what information a hiring manager, employer, or recruiter needs to know is key to creating a strong resume. Targeting the job or internship you are applying for is vital in creating a resume that will make you the perfect fit. Here are some key points to add to your resume.

Tatiana, Hiring Expert at HP, says, “You should include your major as well as your graduation date if you are still in school, specifically for internships.” Ref Link

Katelyn, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, says, “My best advice when applying for a job is to tailor your resume to the job description. Hiring managers and recruiters are looking for keywords, qualifications, education requirements, and experience that match what they are hiring for. Putting your relevant skills, experience, etc. toward the top of your resume will help draw the recruiter or hiring manager’s attention. You can highlight these aspects of your resume by including a ‘Relevant Professional Experience’ or ‘Professional Skills’ section near the top of your resume.” Ref Link

Still in School?

Don’t let being in school stop you from making your resume. Employers look for teamwork, leadership, and achievements to prove your work ethic is valid. Even if you don’t have job experience yet, there are plenty of skills you can list on your resume that employers look for.  

Meredith, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, says, “You can include computer programming skills, hands-on training you’ve received in your classes, as well as achievements you’ve accomplished (Dean’s List, Chancellor’s List, academic recognition, etc.). Include volunteer experience, community engagement activities, sports, or social groups you are a part of as well. If you have already determined your degree program or area of study you can include that and indicate what your anticipated graduation date will be.” Ref Link

Sylvia, Hiring Expert at HP Enterprise, says, “I would also add in any projects you work on that are related, whether personal or academic.” Ref Link

Michael, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, says, “I strongly encourage you to utilize your career centers resources offered by your college. They can give you feedback and advice as you put together your resume, as well as help you think through your internship or job search strategies.”

Should It Be Included?

It’s important to know what to include if you want to build a solid resume. If you are going to transfer schools, or are a new transfer student already, here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind as you provide information about your education. 

Sylvia, Hiring Expert at HP Enterprise, says, “If you have an objective/profile section in your resume, you can add a sentence regarding the transfer and when you anticipate it happening. For instance, if you started out at a junior college and are transferring to a four-year college you could add after the junior college content (i.e. intended transfer to XXX Fall 2022).” Ref Link

Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, says, “I think you should definitely add the schools you attended on your resume. This helps give a true representation of your background and serves as a talking point during an interview. When listing your original school, you want to be sure that you aren’t misleading so it doesn’t appear as if you completed two degrees. Listing the school, city/state, years attended, and completed coursework toward ‘X’ degree should help clear the air. I would also ensure that you have a good explanation to share as to why you chose to transfer schools. It doesn’t have to be a significant reason, just something that comes across as professional and sincere.” Ref Link

Xavier, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, says, “Make sure you mention both universities and degree programs under the ‘Education’ section of your resume. If an employer does happen to have questions regarding why you transferred schools, be prepared to answer those during the interviewing process.” Ref Link

Being yourself is key. Knowing what to include (and how to include it) can help your resume represent you best. Now that you have the basics down, you’re ready to start making your resume a solid one. 

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