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How to Write a Resume When You Think You Have Nothing to Write?

Things to Include on a Resume


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Many first year and sophomore students often complain that they don’t have anything to put on a resume and they don’t know how to begin. If you feel frustrated because you don't know how to start a resume, this article can help. It can be very frustrating when you are trying to apply for internships and summer jobs and the first thing an employer asks you is to please send us your resume.

How do you create a resume when you feel that you have nothing to write?

As a student just starting out in college you can certainly include high school information and any other activities and volunteer opportunities you have been involved in. We all start off by not having any experience to put on a resume; but it is your college years when you can begin developing a strong resume by participating in a wide range of activities and by further developing your knowledge, skills and abilities through your classes and experiential learning opportunities like internships, service learning, volunteer, and collaborative research.

When putting together your first resume, it may look something like this –

Personal Information (Name, Address, Phone, Email)

John Brannon
31 West Avenue
New York, NY 12000
(508) 635-2456/jbrann@greenuniversity.edu

Education(College, High School, Location, GPA, Honors & Awards)

Green University, Glenville, NH, May 20XX Bachelor of Arts; Cumulative GPA: 3.4 Dean’s List: Fall 20XX – Spring 20XX

Experience (Jobs, Internships, Volunteer Experiences)

Student Assistant, Residential Life Office, Green University, Glenville, NH, Fall 20XX – Present

  • Maintain office records for Dean of Student Affairs
  • Work closely with residents in planning activities for first year students

Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity, Glenville, NH, Summer 20XX

  • Helped paint houses and finish doors and windows

Editor, GreenNews (college newspaper, Green University, Glenville, NH, Spring 20XX

  • Research and write stories on college and community activities
  • Took black and white photos for news section of the paper

Activities (Clubs, Sports, Memberships)

United Nations Club, Green University
Volleyball (intramurals)

Special Skills (Computer, Foreign Language, Art/Music, etc.)

Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Spanish (Fluent); French (Intermediate)

In drafting your first resume be sure you do the following:

1. First concentrate on the content (skills and accomplishments)
2. How does the resume look (is there enough white space so it doesn't look cluttered and will the employer be able to easily find the information they are looking for?)
3. Be sure your resume is consistent (attention to detail - look carefully at how you formatted the information - using bold and italics, underlining, periods, dates, states, abbreviations, etc.)

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