Below is a list of categories typically included for current students looking for an internship or an entry-level job. Greater attention is paid to academic experiences and accomplishments as well as activities on and outside of campus. Keep the resume concise to 1-2 pages and focus on key abilities learned and transferrable skills.

 Contact information:

  • Include:  your legal name, address, professional e-mail address, telephone number
  • Position information at the top of first page

Objective or Summary of Qualifications:

  • For experienced students or alumni, a “Summary of Qualifications” section can help you to market your abilities to the prospective employer
  • In 1-3 sentences (or bullet points), highlight any specific skills or areas of expertise you have
  • Be sure that the skills you list are concrete, and pertinent to the job you are applying to
  • Try to avoid using skills that reflect your personal demeanor (i.e., friendly).

Education:

  • List in reverse chronological order
  • Unless a freshman or sophomore in college, do NOT  include high school information
  • List the college/university’s name, city and state, degree earned or will earn (e.g., BS, BA, MA, etc.), graduation month and year
  • Grade point average information is optional;  however, it is suggested that you include the GPA only if it is 3.0 or higher; indicate the GPA is out of a 4.0 scale
  • List honors, scholarships,  awards and years received
  • Include information about all colleges/universities that you attended
  • Study abroad experience should be included
  • Listing relevant classes you took is optional and, if listed, should only include advanced courses related to job/internship you are applying for

Experience:

  • List in reverse chronological order
  • Include position title, company name, city and state information, and start and end dates
  • Experience may also be called other names (e.g., Relevant Experience, Internship, Work History), and you may include one or more of these categories on your resume if applicable
  • Avoid using personal pronouns (e.g., I, me, my) in descriptions
  • Begin each point or sentence with an action verb and include goals you accomplished, projects completed, and new skills gained
  • Be sure to highlight skills and abilities that match up best with the position you are applying for
  • Descriptors of your experiences should answer the questions:  What did I do?, How did I do it?, and, if possible, What was the final outcome?

Skills:

  • This usually entails languages written and spoken, specialized computer proficiencies or any other specialized skill you may have
  •  Denote your level of expertise with language and computer skills

Activities:

  • This section may include any volunteer, sport, club, or campus activity you participated in
  • Activities may also be called other names (e.g., Leadership Experience, Memberships, On-Campus Involvement)
  • If you have held any leadership positions, you may want to highlight this and include any special tasks or abilities you gained from that experience
  • Including descriptions may be of help especially if they are related to the position you are applying for
  • If you have significant volunteer experience, you may either include here or choose to include in another section

References:

  • Check with references BEFORE providing their names and contact information
  • References should be placed on a separate sheet of paper
  • Be sure to: spell references names correctly, use proper titles, include position title, company name, address, and a contact telephone number and/or e-mail address

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References:

Williams-Nickelson, C., Prinstein, M. J., & Keilin, W. G. (2013). Internships in psychology: The APAGS workbook for writing successful applications and finding the right fit (3rd Ed.). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

The Pennsylvania State University (2014). “Resumes and Cover Letters.” Retrieved from: http://studentaffairs.psu.edu/career/students/resumes.shtml#partsresume