5 WAYS TO FEATURE YOUR SUMMER JOB ON YOUR RÉSUMÉ

As much as students hate to admit it, summer is officially over. The cold weather is coming, the leaves are falling and there are pumpkin spice lattes for all! While you are walking through the windy Fairfield Way, remembering your favorite warm and sunny summer days, try and recall all of the time you spent at your summer job. Whether it was in an office or at the beach, it is time to add that experience to your résumé. Following these steps will help you highlight the best parts of your summer job:

  1. FORMATTING
    • Organization: Name of company/organization
    • Position: Job title within the organization
    • Location: Where did you work? Include both city and state!
    • Date: Write out the starting month and year, followed by the ending month and year (or Present, if still currently working there)
    • Include details such as “seasonal” or “summers” immediately after the date in parentheses
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  2. JOB DESCRIPTION
    • Describe the tasks you completed and be sure to include how and why you accomplished them, adding this detail will provide context for your experience and further highlight the importance of your actions
    • Include action verbs in each bullet to further highlight your transferable skills
    • If the experience is currently occurring make sure to use present tense or past tense if ended
  3. Check out our Résumé Guide for other information and helpful tips.

  4. RELEVANCE
    • Tailor your transferable skills to further relate to an academic and or career focus
      • For example, finance students might concentrate on quantitative and analytical skills whereas communication students might place emphasis on writing and presentation skills
    • Allow for proportionate space to relevance on résumé
      • Amount of bullet points for each experience is dependent on its relevance to your aspirations
  5. LEADERSHIP
    • Important transferable skill to have as it is applicable to all current academic and future career goals
    • Include any increase of responsibility you have been given, whether you were promoted to shift manager at your summer job, or have been elected as Vice President of your club on campus
      • Separate both positions under the same name of the organization, describe individual positons and include specific dates
      • Think about using “Leadership Experience” as an eye catching header title

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  6. EXPAND ON EXPERIENCE
    • Use this time to reflect on your achievements, and think about where you see yourself NEXT summer!

Utilize the resources at the Center for Career Development to revise your résumé and explore new opportunities

Briana Williams