College Resume Template for Students and Graduates

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When writing your first resume, it can be difficult to know where to start. Below is a resume template for college students and college graduates, as well as advice on how to use the template.

The resume template lists the information you need to include on your resume when you're a college student or recent graduate.

What to Include in Your Resume

Contact Information
The first section of your resume should include information on how the employer can contact you.

First Last Name
Street Address (Home or School)
City, State Zip Code
Email Address

In the education section of your resume, list the college you attend or graduated from, the degrees you attained, and awards and honors you have earned. If you are still a college student or are a recent graduate, you may also include your GPA.

College, Degree
Awards, Honors

This section of your resume includes your work history. List the companies you worked for, dates of employment, the positions you held, and a bulleted list of responsibilities and achievements. If you have completed internships, it's fine to include them in the experience section of your resume. You can also list summer jobs.

Company #1
City, State
Dates Worked

Job Title

  • Responsibilities / Achievements
  • Responsibilities / Achievements

Company #2
City, State
Dates Worked

Job Title

  • Responsibilities / Achievements
  • Responsibilities / Achievements


Include athletics, clubs, organizations, and other college activities. If you held a position on a team (such as team captain) or in a club (such as president), you can mention this as well.

  • Club, Club Position, Years in Club
  • Sports Team, Team Position, Years on Team

Include skills related to the position/career field that you are applying for. These might include computer skills, language skills, or another type of skill related to the position. If you have any certifications related to these skills (such as CPR certification or certification in a particular computer program), you can list these here too.

Skill #1 (related certifications)
Skill #2 (related certifications)

How to Use a Resume Template

A template helps you with the layout of your resume. Templates also show you what elements need to be included in your resumes, such as your education and work history.

You should use a template as a starting point for your own resume. However, you should always personalize and customize your resume, so it reflects your skills and abilities, and the jobs you are applying for. For example, if a resume template does not include a list of skills, but you want to include one, you should do so.

Sample College Resume for Students and Graduates

Below is an example of a resume for college students and graduates. Download the resume template (compatible with Google Docs or Word Online) or read the example below.

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Sample College Student Resume (Text Version)

Gus Graduate
123 Palmetto Lane
Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39406 
(123) 456 7890


Self-motivated and highly responsible individual trained to readily excel as a Corrections Officer.

  • Criminal Justice: Able to apply training in criminal justice and security operations to ensure inmates’ health and safety while vigilantly maintaining optimal facility security.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Well-versed in American Correctional Association (ACA), Management & Training Corporation (MTC), and state Department of Corrections directives.
  • Communications: Communicate effectively, both orally and writing, in fluent English and Spanish.
  • Key Strengths: Outstanding work ethic and integrity, with willingness and availability to work overtime when required. Calm and effective mediator within high-stress settings.


B.A., Criminal Justice (June 2018); 3.65 GPA
The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
Vice President, Criminal Justice Student Association; Varsity Weight-Lifting Team


Student, Criminal Justice (09/2013-06/2018)
Completed comprehensive four-year course of study in criminal justice in preparation for career as a correctional officer. Completed coursework included: “Criminal Justice Theory,” “Criminal Law,” “Police Methods and Organization,” “Introduction to Modern Corrections,” “Criminal Procedure,” and “Criminal Justice Ethics.”

  • Internship (Spring 2018): Successfully completed one-semester internship (150 work hours) with Alcorn County Regional Correctional Institute.
  • Earned “A” on capstone project on the organization and management of criminal justice.

Laborer / Security Guard (Summers 2015, 2016, and 2017)
Worked as laborer and security guard for family-owned construction company. Erected structures and performed internal carpentry; safeguarded construction sites during graveyard shifts.

  • Maintained a perfect work attendance record.
  • Stepped up to work overtime and on weekends to ensure job completion by stated deadlines.