Need to create a student resume? Find out all the steps and the best tips to make a good student.
Parts to make a good student resume
1. Contact information
Your resume aims to get in touch with you. So let’s start with the most important: your contact information.
Indicate here your name, first name, and the different contact points you want to give to the recipient so that he can contact you. We recommend that you add several contact options. The more, the better! Without going overboard, they must remain professional.
- Last name and first name
- town of residence
- Phone number
Other recommended options
Avoid contact points deemed unprofessional
In case the CV is not accompanied by a cover letter, we strongly recommend adding an introduction.
What should this introduction contain?
Nothing very complicated! This is to write a short paragraph, in order to explain to the recipient:
- who are you,
- What are your goals,
- what are your strengths for the desired internship, job, or training?
A little tip: When writing this short paragraph, keep in mind these simple questions: Why are you doing this resume? Who is the recipient?
Example of resume introduction for a student job:
“Currently in the second year of Economic Sciences at the University Lumière Lyon2, I am looking for a student job (evening and/or weekend) to be able to finance my studies. My main skills are: …“
Indicate in this section the different studies that you have carried out or that you are currently doing.
For each study or training, specify:
- The name of the course or training followed
- the name of the establishment
- the period.
Do not hesitate to detail a little more about the training (s), having a direct link with the objective (internship, master, job) of your resume, and thus being able to bring more to your application.
Advice for the training part:
- If you are in high school: you can indicate your college and your high school, without forgetting your chosen specialty (S, ES, L…). So starts at college.
- If you are at the University: you can indicate your high school (specify the chosen specialty) and your university course. So starts from high school.
4. Professional experiences
This is the most dreaded part for students. “What if I’ve never worked?” I only did an internship… ”. 2 options:
Option 1: If you have never worked or completed an internship
Simply delete this Experience section from your resume. You will fill this space with the other sections of your CV that you will expand further. Don’t worry, everyone’s been there. Do not see your lack of experience as a barrier, but as a thirst for learning and discovering the professional world.
Option 2: If you have already worked or completed an internship
Indicate here all the small jobs, internships, or other professional experiences that you have been able to achieve.
For each specific professional experience :
- your status or occupied position
- the name of the company,
- the period,
- Mention in a short paragraph the various missions or tasks carried out. We recommend that you list them in the form of a bulleted list to increase the readability of your resume.
Knowledge or mastery of several languages is now more than necessary. So much so that these now become a requirement when finding a job.
Mention here the different languages that you study or master, indicating for each of them your level (notions, intermediate, advanced, bilingual, mother tongue).
- English: Advanced – 820 at Tonic
- German: Intermediate
- Spanish: Basics
IMPORTANT: Do not indicate the “English”, if you are American and you live in the USA, this will not add anything to your application.
This section is often decisive when deciding between candidates. For example for a summer job in a tourist town. Even if you only have a few notions, don’t hesitate to indicate them.
Our advice: don’t hesitate to take advantage of your free time to study other foreign languages. These will be of great use to you throughout your professional career and your personal life.
Mention here the various areas of interest that characterize you (sport, passion, etc.).
How to choose the centers of interest? Indicate those who represent you the most and those who can bring more to your application.
- Backpacking: Argentina, Australia, and Thailand
- Regular practice of competitive football since the age of 7.
Specify here the various skills you have. Indicate your corresponding level for skills that can be measured, such as software.
- Microsoft Office Suite: Mastery
- Photoshop: Intermediate
- Communication skills.
- The ability to work in a team.
5 tips for creating a professional-looking student resume
We invite you to read these few recommendations to obtain a perfect resume.
Your resume must not contain any spelling mistakes! A spelling mistake will tarnish the professionalism of your resume and the seriousness of your application.
Our tips for a resume without spelling mistakes:
- Connect several times.
- Check the spelling of certain words you have doubts about with the help of a dictionary or simply on the Internet.
- Use Word’s spell checker.
- Has your resume proofread by several relatives (families, friends)?
- Ask one of your teachers if he’ll do you this little favor 😊.
2. Clear and precise
Writing long and sustained sentences will earn you points !? WRONG!
Keep sentences simple, short, and easy to understand. The recruiter or head of the establishment sees dozens, even hundreds of CVs. The time dedicated to each CV is often less than 10 seconds. If the information is not well organized and is complex to read, you run the risk that the reader will skip your resume.
3. Uses an original design
Do not hesitate to opt for an original and differentiating resume. An original resume design will allow you to:
- To differentiate yourself from other candidates
- To catch the eye of the recruiter
- To demonstrate certain creativity and self-confidence.
4. Fill in the gaps
When it comes to making our first resume, it tends to be a bit blank, due to our lack of professional experience.
Use these tips to make your resume look full:
- Increase character size
- Increase the spaces between the different elements of your resume
- Add the logo of your college, high school, university, or the company where you did your internship … Also, it will bring a little color to your resume.
- Do not hesitate to detail the other sections “Training”, “Skills” and “Areas of Interest”.
5. Chronological order
Note that there are 2 types of resumes: the resume by skill and the chronological resume. We always recommend that you use the chronologically structured resume, as this is the most common type of CV. How to do it? It is very simple. You just need to organize your “Training” and “Professional experience” sections in chronological order, starting from the most recent to the oldest.
The objective being to facilitate the reading and comprehension of your resume, respecting a chronological order will be the best way to achieve this.