If I graduated from Caldwell University prior to the date of the status change, am I a graduate of Caldwell University or Caldwell
University? What should I put on my resume?
2. After reading Sage’s tips on resumes, ask students to write their resumes. You might have the class discuss key questions as a group:
–What should I put on my resume if I’ve never had a job? (Honors, achievements, church involvement, sports, club participation are possible answers.)
–Should I include informal jobs such as yard work for a neighbor or babysitting? (Probably, it depends what kind of job you’re applying for.)
–What if I can’t remember exactly when I won an award or was involved in a club? (Trying asking a parent, sibling or friend who might jog your memory. Think about what else was going on at the same time–for example, what grade were you in?)
What Should I Put On My Resume When I Almost Graduated?
5. How do I write a highlights section?
Think of 3-4 key skills/experiences that the employer wants and that you have. When composing your points, make sure you state the skill and give some supporting evidence to make the point concrete and evidence-based. This makes the point more convincing to the employer. Here are samples showing 3 different styles of the highlights section: , , and
6. I have no (related) experience. What should I put on my resume?
Think relevant skills and knowledge, not just working at the exact same job. Check out the page in the Toolkit. Follow the steps on this page to ensure you have assessed all your experiences. You may be surprised to see how many skills you do have. Choose the skills that are most relevant to the employers of interest to you. Then decide on the format that highlights your most relevant skills and write bullets that demonstrate your skills. See , and for more information on these aspects.
If after following these steps you don’t feel you have enough material to work with, please come in to see a Career Counsellor or Employment Advisor. They can help you develop a plan to gain the experience you need.