When applying for opportunities, your résumé, cover letter, and application materials are your first impression.

This can help you land an interview, so it is important to detail your experience and accomplishments clearly and concisely.

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How to Create Your First College Resume

Peer Career Advisors Zoey Ellis ‘22 and Cindy Cardona ‘22 explain how to create your first college resume.

Slide One: Introduction slide - Hello and welcome to this workshop on how to create your first college resume.

Slide Two: Agenda - We will first start off with an explanation of why we use resumes. Then we will cover the basic resume format, the ACE method, important reminders as well as  resources and any next steps you should be taking

Slide Three: Why do we use resumes? So to start us off, it is important to acknowledge that resumes are for everyone! They are not just for graduating students. They are also for first and second year students who need resumes to apply for jobs, internships, and scholarships. They are used to get the attention of the employer, to show off your any skills you have, to demonstrate your commitment towards issues and goals, and to humanize you and show you as a suitable candidate for the position you’re applying to.

Slide Four: Basic Resume Format - The basic resume format consists of a one page long resume with .5 or 1 inch margins. It has to be consistent in regard to any underlining or bolding of titles, it has to have professional fonts such as the ones listed, and it should have 3 main parts consisting of a heading, education, and experience.

Slide Five: Heading Section - Next I will provide a breakdown of each section. First is your heading section. Here you want to make sure your name is the biggest object on the page.You want to make sure your name is also clear and easy to read. Below your name you can provide an address, phone number, and email address. If you are a current student, use your Middlebury address and email. However, if you are planning to apply near your hometown, you may use your home address.

Slide Six: Education Section - Number 2 is the education section. Here you’re going to list institutions attended and associated skills or affiliations that you’ve gained. First, you’re going to place your Middlebury College education. Indicate that you are a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts, your major(s), minor, expected graduation month/year, and cumulative GPA (if over 3.00). If you have not yet declared your major/minor, you may indicate “Undeclared” or cite an intended major in the same place. Below the name of your college and GPA, you may include Athletics, Language/Computer/technical skills and honors. High school. If you are an underclassman, you may list your high school on your résumé. However, if you are a junior or senior, you should list your high school if you attended a school that employers may recognize.

Slide Seven: Experience Section - Be selective and concrete about the experiences you want to be included with regard to any internships, jobs, etc. For each experience, describe your major accomplishments and core responsibilities by creating two to three descriptive statements or bullets

Slide Eight: A.C.E. Method - You can use the ACE method to build your statements within the experience section. Start off each bullet points with an action verb to illustrate what part you took in your internship, job, or any other opportunity. Then, you should provide context through quantitative and qualitative means. Some examples of this include that you increased efficiency by 25% or that you helped check in100 people to a facility. Finally, you should discuss your end result, what was accomplished through the role that you played in the experience?

Slide Nine: A.C.E. Framework Example - This is an example of using the ACE method: we can see the breakdown of our bullet point into action verb, context, and end result. The sentence here is …

Slide Ten: Additional Skills - After a selective and concrete experience section, you can add an optional “Additional Skills” section to the bottom of your resume. In this section, you can categorize your skills and qualify your level of proficiency where possible. You may also include relevant certifications or licenses. If you wish to include conversation starters by mentioning personal interests, be specific(e.g., “contemporary fiction” is more interesting than “reading”). This allows for a great conversation starter that is very specific, selective and appropriate.

Slide Eleven: Final Resume - After that you’re all done and your resume looks great!

Slide Twelve: Important Reminders - Here are some important reminders that the CCI wants to emphasize and make sure you’re taking into account when making a resume.Important Reminders: Do not ever lie or embellish, submit as a PDF, no hyperlinks, job objectives or “references available”, triple-check for errors, save your resume as a PDF titled “First Name_Last Name_Resume”, avoid using “I”/“me”

Slide Thirteen: Conclusion Slide - Thank you so much for watching this video on how to create your first resume. We also want to provide some resources on the next steps in your career path: Visit ​Quick Questions​ at go/PCAs to meet over Zoom with a Peer Career Advisor(PCA), CCI 1:1 Advising, CCI website also contains a toolkit about ​Resumes & Cover Letters with sample resumes specific to first years, sophomores, and different industries.

To access a lot of these resources you can use the go links: go/cci, go/pcas, go/cciadvising. Thank you so much for listening to our presentation and good luck on your way to a great resume.

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