Why Your Resume Shouldn’t Wait Till Senior Year

I hope you are all having a great start to the school year! I’ve had the opportunity to intern at the Center for Career Development (CCD) for two years, critiquing undergraduate student résumés as well as planning and presenting presentations ranging from CCD Overviews to Résumé Writing. Having this experience at the CCD, I have been able to gain a breadth of knowledge on how to write successful résumés. Today, I will write about how to develop your résumé over the course of your college career and more specifically, how to become involved on campus in order to strengthen your résumé!

As a first-year student, it is important to join clubs and organizations on campus in order to explore what you might be interested in. Attending the involvement fair is one of the best ways to see all of the organizations UConn has to offer. After deciding what organizations you want to become a member of, make sure to begin including these organizations on your résumé! As a member, these organizations can be under the section “Activities”. Be sure to include the organization name, location, position title, and the dates you have been a part of the organization. Throughout your first year, make sure to be an active member in these organizations! Become involved and participate during meetings and events if applicable. As you accumulate responsibilities, these can be added as bullet points on your résumé. Be sure to start with an action verb and include the “What, How, Why”! More details on how to write a bullet point can be found on our website.

Throughout your college career and into your senior year, you can narrow down the amount of organizations you are actively involved in and choose the ones you may want to pursue a leadership position in. Leadership skills are extremely important and a very valuable attribute to employers. These organizations can be moved from the “Activities” section to a “Leadership Experience” section once you become a leader in the organization. The bullet points under these organizations can now be tailored to your responsibilities in your leadership role; make sure to highlight skills such as teamwork, communication, and organization!

In conclusion, being involved on campus is a great way to strengthen your résumé. You can do this by starting off as a member and progressing into a leadership role. All of the skills you will gain being in an organization are very applicable and transferable into the professional workforce, all of which will help you get that interview! If you have any questions on how to write a résumé or would like to get your résumé critiqued, come visit the CCD in Wilbur Cross 202 during résumé critique hours, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Best of luck for the rest of the school year!

 

-Nicole Chow