How To Write a College Resume (Template Included)

By Mike Simpson

It is senior year and the time has come.

The quad that seemed so welcoming and full of promise four years ago is now populated with children.

Was I really that young a mere four years ago?”

You were.

The beer has been drunk, the parties have become monotonous and dull, and you are sick and tired of living in a group house. It is time to put all you have learned to use and find your first full-time, fully-paid, benefit-giving position in the workforce.

It is time to write a college resume!

You take to your fiery friend Google for a glimpse of what steps to take next. The first resume template sends chills through your fingers and makes you curl your toes. The second solidifies your fears.

You are woefully unprepared for employment.

Just as you have to have money to make money, you need to have a job to get a job. If you have worked through college, either in paid positions or as an intern, you are in a pretty good position to enter the labor market. If, however, you have not held a job or internship by the time you graduate, you are woefully behind the curve.

Luckily, everyone loves a good underdog.

What Is A College Resume?

A college resume is a resume with relatively few, if any, positions of employment presented.

As the main feature of a traditional resume, the lack of previous experience makes a college resume unique. Unlike regular workers, you will need to show your preparation and ability to perform in the workforce without relying on solid, firm workplace-based evidence.

There are several ways to do this. The specific features you choose to highlight will depend upon how you’ve spent your time.

Resume Summary

This feature is optional. Depending on how much experience you have, and how well your experience fits in with the position you are hoping to gain, you may want to include a resume summary. This should include a statement of your career goals.


As a recent college graduate, you can convincingly argue that school has been your full-time job. If you have excelled scholastically, be sure to highlight your achievements.

Include grade point average, any honors received, and particularly difficult classes that are relevant to your chosen career field.

If you majored in a relevant field that includes bench work or specific skills, list these skills.

Extracurricular Activities

Aside from school, how have you spent your time in college?

You probably don’t want to mention your ability to do a thirty-second keg stand or trick of brushing your teeth in the shower to make it to class five minutes after rolling out of bed.

What you do want to highlight is any leadership you’ve taken on.

    • Have you helped to organize events?
    • Have you participated in student council?

Community Service

If you have engaged in any community service, even if it was a one-time deal, mention it on your resume.

Running a marathon for breast cancer may not be as impressive as starting a Habitat for Humanity chapter at your school, but something is better than nothing. If you did considerable community service, go into more detail, allowing this section to take up a larger portion of your resume.


If you have had one or more internships, these count as work experience. Though you will still want to bolster your resume with some of the features above, your final document will resemble that of a new worker, not a student with no experience. You may also be able to leverage your work as an intern to help you find an entry-level position.

MIKE'S TIP: Your resume will be one of many. Find some way to make it stand out! Many people include a skills and hobby section at the very end of their resume. This is a great place to let your unique personality shine through. Are you a black belt in karate, involved in a skydiving club or excellent at juggling? Sneak in a fun fact.

If you’re gonna go for an intership be sure to check out our internship interview questions article.

Tips For Writing A Winning College Resume

Since you generally won’t have a ton of experience to highlight on your resume, you have to make sure that you are nailing everything else.

With that said, here are some tips you can follow to ensure your college resume is up to snuff:

1. Keep It Clean And Short

As a new college graduate, your resume should not be longer than one page. Some employment experts stick to this rule independent of a job seekers time on the workforce.

It is also important that that your resume be formatted in a way that is simple and easy to read. Keep the