Resumes for College Students: Make Yours Shine [Students]

Crafting a good resume is an art form. Think of your resume as a snapshot of your entire professional and academic existence. Consider the work that people put into selecting a profile photo on Facebook or Instagram. They want to look physically attractive, sure – but perhaps they’d also like to demonstrate interest in a particular hobby, or show off an important relationship. Maybe they include a pet or beautiful outdoor scenery. Just as that photo is intended to convey nuance and detail in a single image, so should your resume.

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Structure and Design

Physically, your resume should conform to certain professional standards that are relatively inflexible unless you’re in certain fields – think visual arts – that allow for more creativity. Don’t go crazy on format. Follow these rules:

  • One page, max. Even professionals who’ve been working for several years don’t often exceed this rule until they have accrued a great deal of experience, so if you’re over a page you’re likely including details you don’t need.
  • Include – at the top of your resume – your name, a physical address, your cell phone number, and a personal email. If you don’t have one, make sure to open an email account that looks something like


  • Break down your resume into three or four sub-sections. We suggest: Education, Employment History, and Interests/Volunteerism. These are flexible and should be tailored to your experience. For example, if you have accrued technical certifications or awards, these may deserve a separate subheading.
  • Your resume should utilize bullet points to itemize your specific skills and experiences, and each line item should include some verbs that discuss what you learned or did. For example – if you’ve worked in a retail store, you might include “Provided excellent customer service” or “ensured compliance with corporate standards.”
  • Although it can be tempting to exaggerate responsibility or use complex language, don’t. Hiring pros see a lot of resumes, and want to see that you’re able to summarize some successful academic and professional accomplishments honestly and succinctly.

If your resume seems a bit bare-bones, don’t worry. College students haven’t generally had time to accrue much experience. Focus on shining some light on what you have done, and remember – this is a snapshot of your professional life to date, and first impressions are everything.

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Bridge is a program that focuses on connecting employers and students in Rhode Island. The goal of Bridge is to match Rhode Island employers with talented students looking to gain valuable professional experience. Applying knowledge and skills acquired in college to a professional setting is a vital component of a student’s college education. Students who gain relevant internship experience are better prepared for full-time employment after graduation. By hiring interns, employers gain qualified, career-driven young professionals as employees. Student bring with them exposure to cutting edge practices and technology, new insights and philosophies, flexibility and a thirst for knowledge. bRIdge has a particular focus on connecting students and employers from specialized fields such as Business, Science, IT, Technology, Health, Design, Engineering and Manufacturing. The bRIdge website allows employers to post paid or unpaid internships online and directly reach out to a vast and talented pool of students. College students and recent graduates can sign up and start looking for an appropriate professional learning opportunity in minutes. bRIdge is a program of the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) and RISLA’s College Planning Center of Rhode Island. RISLA has joined up with Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island (AICURI), the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education (RIBGHE) and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce to bring together academia, business and community. If you have any questions about this program or if you need any assistance, please feel free to contact us.

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