College Student Resume Examples

The job market is expected to have added 15.6 million jobs by 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of those, more than 75% will go to candidates with at least some college experience. Industries requiring a college degree that are expected to experience the most growth include health care and health care support. As the Baby Boomer generation continues to retire, support jobs needed for seniors are expanding rapidly to meet higher demand. 

However, even with a healthy job market, not all college students find work in a field that relates to their degree programs. Some areas may lose jobs, even as the market expands. For example, technology may phase out some older positions and replace them with more efficient ways of working, which means your college student resume needs to showcase a variety of skills and experience even if you’re planning on applying in a certain sector. Below, you’ll find some examples of college student resumes for several industries, along with samples and tips on how to make your resume shine. 

Downloadable Resume Examples

No Experience

Example #1 No Experience

2-3 Years

Example #2 2-3 Years

5-10 Years

Example #3 5-10 Years

10+ Years

Example #4 10+ Years

College Student Resume Examples (Text Format)

Years of Experience
  • No Experience 0
  • 2-3 Years 2-3
  • 5-10 Years 5-10
  • 10+ Years 10+

Clara Smith
(123)-456-7890
[email protected]
123 Your Street, Columbus, OH 12345

Profile

Active and motivated nursing student with more than a decade of experience in the health care industry. Administrative skills include managing large staff and schedules to ensure complete coverage of services, along with billing and coding expertise. Seeking to leverage administrative experience on the clinical floor to help streamline processes starting at the front-line of health care deployment.

Professional Experience

Ambulance Driver and Dispatcher, Emergency Services, Columbus, OH
December 2019 – Present

  • Greeted patients and worked with health centers to create good working relationships
  • Prepared documents for health insurance providers for billing submission
  • Scheduled drivers for transport services
  • Handled emergency schedule changes and ensured solid coverage
  • Organized patient files and ensured patients were stabilized for transport

Education

Administrative Assistant Associate of Applied Science
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD, 2019

Key Skills

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Clinical skills
  • Comfortable with diverse populations
  • Extensive knowledge of health care procedures
  • Strong verbal and written communication

Certifications

  • Advanced EMT (AEMT)
  • Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Rob Smith
(123)-456-7890
[email protected]
123 Your Street, Columbus, OH 12345

Profile

Hardworking and deadline driven university student who has always delivered work on time throughout four years at the University of Michigan. Aiming to leverage my technical skills and knowledge of UX design to land an internship at Tech Generica in the IT department. Ability to apply critiques and objectively measure software performance while also participating in a rapid development cycle will help Tech Generica finish more projects on time and on budget.

Professional Experience

Tech Support, XYZ Company, Columbus, OH
June 2018 – Present

  • Respond to tech support tickets rapidly and professionally, solving problems as they arise
  • Maintain excellent records detailing every support ticket interaction and final outcome
  • Install hardware and software as needed to maintain systems currently in use
  • Work with upper management to develop rapid response systems to major tech threats
  • Help design and deliver educational materials to staff about appropriate tech use

Retail Sales Associate, Smith Clothing Company, Columbus, OH
August 2017 – May 2018

  • Greeted customers and assisted with finding specific merchandise
  • Provided product recommendations based on customer needs
  • Built and developed relationships with repeat customers to provide better service
  • Answered multiline phone and assisted with inquiries
  • Performed basic cashiering functions, including balance the till at EOD

Education

Computer Science Bachelor of Science
University of Maryland Global Campus Baltimore, MD, September 2013 – June 2017

Key Skills

  • Agile
  • Detail-oriented
  • Development
  • JAVA
  • Mobile
  • MySQL
  • Program skills
  • Tech-savvy

Certifications

  • CompTIA A+
  • Network+
  • Nielsen Norman Group UX and UX Master
  • Security+

John Miller
(123)-456-7890
[email protected]
123 Your Street, Columbus, OH 12345

Profile

Creative marketing student with exceptional GPA, growing portfolio and desire to develop entire campaigns from inception to completion. Designed award-winning print ad for local coffee shop and included Fortune 2000 companies as clients. Technical proficiency includes all standard office software and graphic design and desktop publishing options like Adobe In-Design or Photoshop.

Professional Experience

Freelance Graphic Designer, XYZ Company, New York City, NY
April 2016 – Present

  • Create diverse marketing materials to spec
  • Collaborate with marketing teams to design campaigns and track ROI
  • Design logos and event graphics for nonprofit organizations
  • Book cover design experience
  • Make infographics using data provided by sales teams

Library Materials Associate, Community Library, New York City, NY
June 2014 – April 2016

  • Greeted students and verified account status for check out
  • Assisted with research and pulling appropriate materials to support learning goals
  • Set up display technology for classes and individual use
  • Managed schedules for meeting and study rooms
  • Reshelved materials at end of day

Education

Advertising Bachelor of Fine Arts
University of Texas Austin, TX, September 2012 – June 2014

Key Skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Experience with multiple art mediums
  • Good understanding of color
  • Responsive to customer design requests

Peter Jones
(123)-456-7890
[email protected]
123 Your Street, Columbus, OH 12345

Profile

Dean’s List student who maintains an exceptional GPA with more than a decade of experience in bookkeeping. Seeking to develop more high-level accounting experience prior to completing the CPA exam.

Professional Experience

Account Auditor, Company XYZ, Columbus, OH
April 2016 – Present

  • Gather and enter all invoices related to specific accounts
  • Maintain records for each account on a cash basis
  • Generate standard reports upon request, including reconciliation reports
  • Check on any account discrepancies and fix errors in accounts
  • Issue bills or credits to bring accounts in balance

Bookkeeper, Accounts Payable and Receivable, Smith Tax Company, Columbus, OH
June 2009 – April 2016

  • Tracked invoices for all vendors in real-time
  • Handled purchase requests and petty cash disbursements
  • Balanced petty cash drawer and other cash accounts
  • Generated monthly reports on cash flow and expected out-go
  • Ensured accounting processes were compliant with all regulations

Education

Accounting Bachelor of Science
University of Texas Austin, Texas, September 2016 – Present

Key Skills

  • Analytical
  • Detail-oriented
  • Digital and paper file maintenance
  • Organized
  • Peoplesoft
  • QuickBooks
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Certifications

National Bookkeeper Association’s (NBA) Uniform Accounting Certification

Common Key Skills and Action Verbs for College Student Resumes

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) often scan resumes long before a copy hits the desk of a hiring manager. To highlight your skills and make it past the automated systems, it is important to ensure your resume has the right combination of keywords and phrases to match the desired skills for a particular job posting. Include as many skill keywords as you can to give your resume a boost and bump up your chances of an interview. Here are a few items that apply to most industries, but be sure to scan every job posting for specific keywords and include them whenever possible.

Key Skills & Proficiencies
Analysis and testing Budget-conscious
Communication skills Deadline oriented
Design Management
Organized Software programs (provide a relevant list specific to the job)
Action Verbs
Analyze Collaborate
Coordinate Design
Develop Diagnose
Enhance Examine
Execute Implement
Maintain Plan
Resolve Respond
Supervise Test

Tips for Writing a Better College Student Resume

Showcase educational achievements

When newly graduated from college or still enrolled in a degree program, educational achievements are often the highlight of your resume. Always include what degree you earned or plan to earn and when you completed the program. A job posting for a registered nurse is looking for someone who has completed a nursing program and taken and passed licensing exams.

Example #1

Good


Bachelor of Nursing
Johns Hopkins University, 2015-2019

  • Completed externships at skilled nursing facility for real world practice of clinical skills
  • Excelled at filling in patient charts and delivering services in a compassionate and clear manner
  • Volunteered at a local hospital, expressing a passion for helping those in need

Bad


Bachelor of Nursing
Johns Hopkins University, 2015-2019, 3.05 GPA

Example #2

Good


Bachelor of Fine Arts
University of Maryland, 2015-2019

  • Participated in art tutoring program for younger students and provided mentorship
  • Developed a portfolio of work that includes published material
  • Experimented with a variety of art styles to develop a personal viewpoint

Bad


Bachelor of Fine Arts
University of Maryland, 2015-2019

Portfolio available

Include any relevant certifications

Candidates should include all relevant certifications when searching for a job. You may also want to include certifications that are in-progress or that you will earn during the course of your degree program. As a new grad, you may want to list certifications separately since your work experience is likely to be either slim or only partially relevant to applications based on your new degree.

Be sure to include the exact name of the certification. States may have very different regulations and listing the exact certification is crucial when providing a hiring manager with the information needed to short-list your resume.

Example #1

Good


CompTia A+
Scored in the top 1% and excelled at database administration

Bad


A+
Achieved a passing score on exam in 2017

Example #2

Good


Certified Usability Analyst (CUA) from Human Factors International
Developed exceptional skill at performing A/B testing for user interfaces

Bad


CUA
Certification granted in 2018

How to Align Your Resume With the Job Description

A single job posting might generate hundreds, or even thousands, of responses. Hiring managers wade through all of those applicants to find the best fit. To give your resume a boost and help it make it through round after round of cuts, it is important to ensure that your resume mirrors many of the skills and responsibilities listed in the job description.

If you’re not sure which skills and experience to highlight, give the job posting another read through. The most important requirements are usually at the top of the list for the position. A particularly desirable skill may even be mentioned multiple times. Read through your resume and make sure the information provided matches the job description and desired skills. Demonstrate how you can deliver the needed skills through a combination of education and experience.

Example HR Assistant Job Description


DWT, Inc., is an industry leader in media production and has been named one of the best places to work in Colorado. Put your HR skills to work in a collaborative environment. Communicate with new hires and supervise training programs to ensure all workers meet corporate expectations. This position requires you to work with upper management and employees on the floor, helping to align strategies and implement changes in processes.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage communication with existing employees and applicants
  • Organize and maintain confidential files and databases
  • Schedule interviews and manage training programs to ensure availability
  • Administer benefits and communicate with employees regarding changes or open enrollment periods
  • Follow up on applications and references to ensure accuracy
  • Collaborate with multiple departments to develop and refresh training courses

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources preferred
  • 4-5 years of progressively responsible administrative experience
  • Training experience preferred
  • Proficient in modern office efficiency programs and computer skills
  • Experience with multi-line phone systems
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • High degree of attention to detail
  • Data entry experience

According to the job description, the ideal job applicant should have the following qualities and/or experience:

  • Communication skills
  • Organization
  • Training
  • Attention to detail
  • Data entry
  • Computer skills
  • Collaboration
  • Benefits administration

So, this list is a sampling of what the employer wants. After pulling out the most important keywords, take a moment to make sure the experience and education you list includes those keywords. Here is one example of how to include them in your resume:

College Student Work Experience Example


Administrative Assistant, XYZ Company, Columbus, OH

October 2016–Present

  • Organized all travel and purchase requests for a company with more than 200 employees
  • Trained seasonal workers for events and major advertising campaigns
  • Maintained filing systems, prioritized communication and answered the phone 
  • Used data entry skills to input transaction information into accounting software along with budget tracking to ensure compliance
  • Drafted employee manuals in collaboration with HR department