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Resume Template for Students and Recent Graduates

Customize This Resume Template To Create Your Resume

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The resume template below provides a sample resume structure for students and recent graduates. This resume template is merely a starting point to help you create own custom resume. For workers with three or more years of experience, review this resume template for experienced employees.

For additional resume advice, you might also review:

  • Resume Guide
  • Top Resume Mistakes
  • Tips to Creating an Effective Resume

    Resume Template - Student/ Recent Graduate

    Contact Information

    Place your contact information at the top of your resume.

    First and Last Name
    Street Address
    City, State, Zip Code
    Phone Number (Cell/Home)
    E-mail Address
    Website or Blog (Optional)

    Career Objective (Optional)

    The objective section of your resume should succinctly summarize your career goals (this section is optional). Your objective should mirror the prospective employer's mission and/or job description and highlight how your skills and background would fit the position.

    Education

    If you are a student or recent graduate, you should list your education before your work history. The education portion of your resume is generally presented in reverse chronological order and includes the degrees you earned as well as the name, city and state of each educational institution you attended and the date you graduated or expect to graduate.

    Be certain to list any academic distinctions you have earned while in school (for example, cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude, scholarships, high class rank and Dean's List memberships). If your grade point average is high (generally 3.5 and above or 3.3 and above in difficult majors), you should list your GPA as well.

    School Name, City, State
    Graduate or Law Degree
    Date of Graduation
    Academic distinctions
    GPA (if high)

    School Name, City, State
    Undergraduate Degree
    Date of Graduation
    Academic distinctions
    GPA (if high)

    Work History

    The work experience section of your resume describes your past and present work experience. List your work experience in reverse chronological order beginning with your present or most recent position. You should also list your job title, the name and location (city, state) of each organization in which you were employed as well as your employment dates (month and year).

    Your work history need not be limited to paid employment; you should also list internships, externships, clinics and volunteer work if they are related to the field or position you seek or if the skills you acquired in those positions are relevant to the job for which you are applying.

    Under each employer, describe your job responsibilities in terms of accomplishments and results. For example, instead of "Interned in Acme Co.'s legal department" you might say, "Interned in Acme Co.'s legal department, rising to senior intern within two months."

    Company Name, City, State
    Job Title #1 (Most Recent)
    Dates of Employment

    • Job Responsibility/Result/Accomplishment
    • Job Responsibility/Result/Accomplishment
    • Job Responsibility/Result/Accomplishment
    • Job Responsibility/Result/Accomplishment

    Company Name, City, State
    Job Title #2
    Dates of Employment

    • Job Responsibility/Result/Accomplishment
    • Job Responsibility/Result/Accomplishment
    • Job Responsibility/Result/Accomplishment
    • Job Responsibility/Result/Accomplishment

    Skills

    This portion of your resume should list any special skills necessary to the job you seek or the field in which you aim to find employment. These skills might include technology skills, job-specific abilities, foreign language fluencies, writing skills and software proficiencies.

    Achievements and Awards

    Your resume should also include any achievements, awards, honors and recognitions you have received. Examples include academic awards, writing contest awards, publications, perfect attendance awards, leadership positions in clubs and organizations, community service or volunteer awards, high scores on standardized tests/exams amd offices held in clubs and organizations.

    Memberships and Activities

    List any other information that helps to set you apart from other candidates such as extracurricular activities, scholarships, honor society memberships, professional association memberships and community service activities.

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