Resume Template for Students and Recent Graduates

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This resume template provides a sample resume structure for students and recent graduates. The template is merely a starting point to help you create a resume. For workers with three or more years of experience, review the resume template for experienced employees.

Resume Template (Student/Recent Graduate)

Contact Information

Place your contact information at the top of your resume.

First and Last Name
Street Address
City, State, Zip Code
Phone Number (Cell/Home)
E-mail Address
Website or Blog (Optional)

Career Objective (Optional)

The objective section of your resume should succinctly summarize your career goals. Your objective should mirror the prospective employer's mission or job description and highlight how your skills and background would fit the position.

Education

If you are a student or recent graduate, you should list your education before your work history. The education portion of your resume is generally presented in reverse chronological order and includes the degrees you earned as well as the name, city, and state of each educational institution you attended and the date you graduated or expect to graduate.

Be certain to list any academic distinctions you have earned while in school, such as, cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude, scholarships, high-class rank, and Dean's List memberships. If your grade point average (GPA) is high, generally 3.5 and above or 3.3 and above in difficult majors, you should list this as well.

School Name, City, State
Graduate or Law Degree
Date of Graduation
Academic distinctions
GPA (if high)

School Name, City, State
Undergraduate Degree
Date of Graduation
Academic distinctions
GPA (if high)

Work History

The work experience section of your resume describes your past and present work experience. List your work experience in reverse chronological order beginning with your present or most recent position.

You should also list your job title, the name and location (city, state) of each organization in which you were employed as well as your employment dates (month and year).

Your work history need not be limited to paid employment; you should also list internships, externships, clinics, and volunteer work if they are related to the field or position you seek or if the skills you acquired in those positions are relevant to the job for which you are applying.

Under each employer, describe your job responsibilities in terms of accomplishments and results. For example, instead of "Interned in Acme Co.'s legal department" you might say, "Interned in Acme Co.'s legal department, rising to senior intern within two months."

Company Name, City, State
Job Title #1 (Most Recent)
Dates of Employment

Company Name, City, State
Job Title #2
Dates of Employment

Skills

This portion of your resume should list any special skills necessary to the job you seek or the field in which you aim to find employment. These skills might include technology skills, job-specific abilities, foreign language fluency, writing skills and software proficiency.

Achievements and Awards

Your resume should also include any achievements, awards, honors, and recognition you have received.

Examples include academic awards, writing contest awards, publications, perfect attendance awards, leadership positions in clubs and organizations, community service or volunteer awards, high scores on standardized tests and exams and offices held in clubs and organizations.

Memberships and Activities

List any other information that helps to set you apart from other candidates such as extracurricular activities, scholarships, honor society memberships, professional association memberships, and community service activities. You can create a list such as the following:

  • Job Responsibility/Result/Accomplishment
  • Job Responsibility/Result/Accomplishment
  • Job Responsibility/Result/Accomplishment
  • Job Responsibility/Result/Accomplishment

For additional resume advice, you might also review resume guidetop resume mistakes, and how to craft a winning resume.