Mastering Your Interviews in College Part 1: The Resume

Mastering Your Interviews in College Part 1: The Resume

Since moving to Houston, I’ve had a few people reach out to me regarding the process of landing their first job. This all begins with an interview.

One positive take away from my career aspirations in college was getting denied by countless internships and job openings. This forces you to perfect your interviewing skills. I recommend all college students apply everywhere in their perspective field. Take as many interviews as you can and get feedback from your interviewer. If you end up doing well and get a job offer, you can accept or decline it, your choice.

I figured I would write a series of blog posts regarding the three most important aspects of the interview itself:

  • The Resume
  • Your Appearance
  • Preparation for Your Interview

(Notice how all three aspects take place before the interview. Interviews are all very similar. Be prepared and your interviews will become a walk in the park.)

 

General Resume Guidelines

 

With interviews, you need to stand out in a good way. The first way to do so is to showcase your strong points on your resume. This includes prior work experience, extracurricular activities, or achievements and related awards. PLEASE DO NOT INCLUDE ANYTHING FROM HIGH SCHOOL OR PRIOR EXPERIENCES!

Below are some quick tips regarding your resume as a whole:

  • One, one-sided page resume only
  • Use bold and all caps effectively to make certain points stand out more than others
  • Less is more. Try not to cram as much information as you can onto one page.
  • Use bullets, numbering, and roman numerals to organize information neatly and prevent cluttering of valuable information

Now let’s get into the proper layout of your one sheet resume!

 

Resume Layout

 

I’m going to break up the resume into five parts: 1.) your contact, 2.) your objective, 3.) your education, 4.) your work experiences, and 5.) your awards/honors or extracurricular activities/skills.

  • Your Contact

At the top of your resume should be your name and contact information which will include: your mailing address, professional email address, and LinkedIn URL (create one if you don’t have one, its 2018).

  • Your Objective

After your name and contact list should be your objective or goal. Clearly identify what you are looking for. Plenty examples of industry specific objectives can be found online!

  • Your Education

Next will be your current education. You need to include the colleges you attended or are attending and the degree path you are in (include minor degrees as well). It is very important to include your anticipated graduation date and also your cumulative GPA or degree GPA (whatever is higher). Please do not intentionally disregard your GPA because you are afraid it is low. Recruiters aren’t stupid and they will ask you what your GPA is anyway.

  • Your Work Experience

In my opinion, your work experience is the most critical portion on a resume (especially for engineers). Your GPA provides you with the interview if it meets the companie’s requirement and your work experience will make or break you. For each experience include: the position name, time spent there (start date and end date), and a brief description of your duties while there.

  • Your Awards/Honors or Extracurricular Activities/Skills

This final portion of your resume is the one that is slept on the most. Usually people don’t bother with this section of their resume. I understand everyone won’t receive awards and honors, but you need to stand out. Join some sort of club or organization while in college and be able to talk about them. Also, learn new skills such as a Microsoft Office (highly recommend), a new language, or software to enable you to stand out even more.

 

Hopefully this is clear and concise enough for everyone to understand! If anyone has questions, do not hesitate to email me at matthew.fowler@gmail.com . I’ll be more than willing to send you a copy of my college resume. Stay tuned for part two of the series detailing your appearance for interviews! Don’t forget to comment, like, share, and subscribe!

 

“Writing a perfect resume is a messy process, but the easiest way to start is by simply getting in the right mindset and putting pen to paper.”

 

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