Writing Resumes for Scholarship/Admission Applications

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Writing Resumes for Scholarship/Admission Applications

This information will get you started.
Produce a draft, then get an advisor's help.
What is a Resume?
A resume is a data sheet that markets your credentials. It outlines your skills and qualifications and prompts potential employers to talk to you further about the opportunities they offer. A resume gets you in the door, but it doesn’t get you the job. You’ll get a job offer as a result of successful interviews.

Create a Master List
The first step is to recall and list every experience you can think of including volunteer/community service, internships, paid jobs, and major research projects. You should also list campus activities, student organizations, and all of your educational experiences. Don’t worry about the format yet. This master list will provide you with all the information you need to create your resume and cover letter and prepare for interviewing.

Elaborate On Your List
Next, write descriptions of the items on your list. Include information about your specific responsibilities, skills used, and outcomes you obtained. Use action verbs in your descriptions (see the Action Verb list below). Remember to tailor the descriptions to the types of jobs and employers you’re targeting. Think about the skills you used in each of your positions that will be of interest to potential employers. You’re trying to convince an employer that your skills transfer to the type of position for which you’re applying.

Organize Your Resume
After you have written descriptions for your positions, you’ll need to decide how to organize your experiences, and what to include in the resume. You do not need to include every experience in your list. Be strategic. Focus on those experiences that will be of most interest to your prospective employer.

There are a few sections that are common to most resumes:
CONTACT INFORMATION
It’s a good idea to include both your current school address and a permanent address. Be sure that your phone numbers are correct, and always include an email address. You only need to list one email address, but be sure you check it frequently. If you use an email address other than your Oberlin one, be sure to use a professional sounding address. Do not include your social security number or date of birth.

OBJECTIVE
This is optional. If you choose to include one, make it a concise declaration of the position you seek in a specified area, department, or industry i.e. a summer internship in a public relations firm. You will elaborate on this more fully in your cover letter, so if you can better use the space on your resume to list relevant experiences and skills, skip the objective.

EDUCATION
This section gives details about your college, degree, graduation date, and majors. An overall GPA and a Major GPA are optional. Typically, include your GPA if it is 3.0 or higher and add your Major GPA if it is higher than your overall GPA. Include study abroad or additional educational institutions if appropriate. Generally, you will not include high school, unless your high school is well known or is relevant to the employer (it is assumed you graduated from high school to get into college).

EXPERIENCE
This is the main part of your resume. Use the descriptions you wrote while compiling your list, being sure to begin them with action verbs. Strive to be concise. You should not use full sentences or try to write eloquent prose. Illustrate descriptions with specifics about numbers, outcomes, and goals you met. Omit all personal pronouns.

Try not to be redundant with your job title. For example, if you were a staff writer for The Review, don’t just say you “wrote articles for The Review”. That is implied by your title. Instead try to indicate how many articles, about what, whether you conducted interviews, etc.

Write the description of your experiences either using bullets or in a...
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