Earlier today, the SAIL Office joined forces with Stacey Moulton from PC’s Career Education Center, for a workshop entitled “Student Leadership & Your Resume.”
Being the spring semester, I know that many of you students out there are searching for summer internships and jobs, applying for campus leadership positions, or – sorry to be bringing this up, seniors – searching for post-graduation employment. Here are some tips from today’s presentation which may be helpful to anyone struggling with how to maximize their campus involvement on paper:
The Six Second Rule
Recruiters only spend about six seconds taking a first glance at each resume, so make sure your formatting makes a good first impression! Though things like name, address, phone, and email should always be at the top of your resume, the rest of the design is really up to you. Commonly used headings include “leadership”, “activities”, “experience”, or “skills”. Check out the Career Center’s Resume & Cover Letter Guide for ideas and samples you can use!
Don’t Sell Yourself Short
Your student involvement means something more than just making friends and eating free pizza at events! Tasks you’ve taken on as a club or organization member, such as planning a major event, mediating conflict within your organization, or communicating with faculty and alumni, can prove to be transferable skills. Don’t forget that!
You Can’t Tell a Story…
But you can still include a lot on one sheet of paper! Summarize any co-curricular experience you feel is important by identifying action words and creating a bullet point or two to describe the associated tasks. (The “Guide” referenced above also includes a list of commonly used action words!)
Connect the Dots
Look closely at a job description or application form for keywords or phrases describing the responsibilities associated with any student leadership position. Then customize your resume (and cover letter, if applicable) to prove that your qualifications make you a strong candidate.
One final piece of advice: Aside from your resume, don’t forget to include your student involvement on your LinkedIn profile. According to Stacey, many alum and employers find connections with candidates who share similar student involvement, interests, etc…
For more info on how to best utilize your student involvement experience in the job search – or for the answers to many other career-related questions – please visit the Career Education Center in Slavin 108, or check out their blog.