How to write a resume as a graduate student

Here are some Resume writing tips for Graduate students.


  1. Collect useful information that is relevant to your desired job. If you are applying for a number of similar jobs or fields, try to write a couple of resumes by providing only important details relevant to the needed skills.
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    Begin constructing your resume. Use the following order:

    • Objective: concise, focused and compiling statement why you are qualified for the job position and how an employer would benefit from hiring you
    • Experience: list all of your jobs related to the position you are applying for, consider listing volunteer experience as well, because non-paid experience is equally as valuable as paid experience
    • Education: since this is strongest asset for graduates, focus the reader on your academic credentials by listing your major and minor area of study with classes relevant to the job that you are seeking
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    Next, hone in on several key elements of a successful resume. As a finishing graduate, there are four key elements:

    • Association Memberships: list all memberships related to your job target to demonstrate characteristics important to the job you are applying for. Explain what you accomplished with each membership.
    • Your Volunteer Work: list all your volunteer work through separate accomplishments, capabilities or skills sections
    • Computer Skills: list all your software and hardware knowledge
    • Foreign Language Proficiency: knowledge of a second language or more will definitely make your Resume stand out from the rest of the candidates
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    Be sure to include strong action words and key terms. As a finishing graduate use specific key action words to emphasize your leadership and team roles.

    • For example: organized, performed, maintained, developed, team work, supervised, executed, etc.
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    Do not include the names of any references on your resume. You may note that references are available upon request, but this is generally assumed by every employer.


  • Include the dates of your involvement for each activity you list. For ones that you are still engaged in, write “start date – Present.” Most importantly, show what you accomplished with each activity.
  • Avoid grammar and spelling errors. Triple-check your resume before you send it in; this is important! It can make huge differences in a potential employer’s first impression of you.
  • Organize your resume by section for maximum effectiveness. Group experiences together by similarity of skill required or content covered.
  • Avoid one of the common resume errors, describing your job responsibilities rather than your accomplishments on the job.