College Graduate Resume Example and Writing Tips

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A recent college graduate typically doesn’t have much work experience. However, college grads can still write strong resumes that will get them hired. By emphasizing unpaid internships, volunteer work, and positions in school organizations, a college graduate can show he or she has the skills needed to succeed in the workforce.

Read below for tips on writing a strong college graduate resume. Also see below for a resume sample for a recent college graduate.

Tips for Writing a College Graduate Resume

Emphasize education. As a recent college graduate, your education is one of your strongest assets. Include an “Education” section towards the top of your resume. Include the college you attended, your graduation date, and your major and minor. If you have a strong GPA, include that as well. You might also include any study abroad experiences. Most employers see a well-traveled student as a plus.

Highlight any related experience. If you have any work experience, include this. However, you can also include any other relevant experience. This might include volunteer experience, unpaid internships, or positions in school organizations. Even if these are unpaid positions, they can still display the qualities that will make you a strong candidate for a job opening.

Use keywords. To make your resume stand out, use words from the job listing in your resume. You might include these keywords in your resume summary (if you decide to include one), your descriptions of work experiences, and/or your section headings. For example, if the listing says the company is seeking a candidate who is “tech-savvy,” you might include a section called “Technological Skills.” Use words that clearly link your resume to the job listing.

Use resume examples. When writing your first resume out of college, it can be hard to know where to start. Examples can give you ideas on how to structure your resume and what kind of language to include. Check out these student resume samples, as well as the sample below. However, make sure to always revise an example to fit your own background and experience.

Edit, edit, edit. Thoroughly proofread your resume for spelling and grammar errors before submitting it. Also make sure your format is consistent: for example, you should use the same size bullet points throughout your resume. Ask a friend, family member, or college career counselor to read through your resume as well.

College Graduate Resume Example

This is an example of a resume for a college graduate. Download the resume template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.

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College Graduate Resume Example (Text Version)

Susan Quigley
35 White Street
New York, NY 10001
Cell: 555-555-1234 


Soon-to-graduate honors college student, fluent in Spanish and with several years of teaching and tutoring the language to adults and students, seeks a position as a translator at a top East Coast firm.


Bachelor of Arts in Education, May 2019 (Expected Graduation Date)
Double Majors: English and Latin American Studies; Minor: Spanish; Overall GPA: 3.875

  • Honors and dean’s list every semester.
  • Studied abroad in Bogota, Colombia, January-May 2017.
  • Served as president of the school Spanish club; tutored nearly two dozen students in Spanish.
  • Received three “Best Student Awards.”


Library Assistant, September 2016-Present
Perform general administrative duties to support professional staff and assist students with research.

  • Designed a presentation, published to the university website, outlining how to most effectively use all of ABC University’s facilities when undertaking a research project.
  • Received award for “Outstanding Student Employee of the Year” due to excellent customer service and research skills.

Intern, Spring 2017
Helped design and implement programs in which community-based artists traveled to schools to work with children, teaching them about expression through art.

  • Assisted teaching complimentary English lessons to community members of all ages.

English Tutor/Volunteer, January 2015-May 2015
Assisted students in writing and proofreading essays, utilizing rhetorical devices.

  • Cataloged thousands of donated books, CDs, and DVDs in Excel database.
  • Started a weekly book club group to help elementary students learn basic Spanish.

Other Experience:

Summer Counselor, NY Arts Camp, Catskill, NY • Trombonist, All-State Wind Ensemble • Swim Team Assistant Coach, YMCA, Brooklyn, NY • Editor-in-Chief, ABC University Student Newspaper