How to Write a Resume for Student Employment
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How to Write a Resume for Student Employment

College jobs are a great way to save time commuting to and from a full or part time job several days a week. On campus jobs are usually low stress positions that have openings in different departments. Some schools do pay a few dollars over the state minimum wage. Obtaining a campus job can be easy with a great student employment resume.

Writing a student employment resume may seem like an overwhelming project, as self-promotion without any career-oriented work experience can be a challenge. By highlighting education and strengths, students can put together well-rounded resumes for potential employers. 

Working on campus is a great way to save time commuting to and from a full or part-time job several days a week. On campus jobs are usually low stress positions that have openings in different departments. Some schools do pay a few dollars over the state minimum wage, and wages can be applied towards tuition.    

  1. Find a free student employment resume template online.   Look for a design that is easy to read with a professional appearance.  Most word-processing programs have student employment resume templates included in their software.
  2. The first step is to research current job openings in the field of interest. What are employers looking for? Are there certifications or schooling that will be particularly helpful? These things are important to know so that a resume can be targeted to a specific job.   College students should apply for numerous jobs on campus. Most applications can be completed online. Some departments may request a written application with an attached resume.  
  3. Take some time to create a resume. Start with a hand written resume. Highlight current completed education, past employment, and volunteer experience.
  4. Make a list of strengths, including computer skills, education, training, certifications, work experience (including volunteer or unpaid positions), personal characteristics and accomplishments.
  5. Complete the resume template by following the indicated steps. Use the list of strengths to highlight the potential for being a strong candidate for the job.  Do not include hobbies, unless they are related to career goals.    Detail the resume so that it reflects personal education goals. This can be done by mentioning the area of specialization that is currently being studied in college.
  6. Include classwork that might be relevant to the prospective job, even if a degree has not been attained.  Mention all groups where membership is held, that apply to the degree that is being pursued.   Also list specialized training sessions that have been attended. For example, a Nursing student may have attended a medical camp or a Journalism major may have attended several professional writing workshops.
  7. Ask for references from a professor or other mentor to provide credibility.
  8. Save the resume it to as a file that is easily accessible. This could be by saving directly to the desktop files or in a thumb drive.
  9. Consider using Google Voice or another free telephone service. An internet telephone service can be customized to include a personal greeting, and an email will be sent when there is a message. This helps in preventing others from answering important phone calls and forgetting to forward any messages.  It is significant to make a good first impression, by having a professional voice mail greeting.
  10. Have a friend, teacher or school counselor look over the finished resume and give constructive feedback. 

Last, by not least, do not give up.  There are a lot of people looking for a job, and a great resume is a foot in the door. 





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Resumes are very important tools in gaining employment.  You've made a lot of good suggestions in this article.  Good job.