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Important Resume Dos and Don’ts for Students to Remember


The term ‘students‘ mean they are learning and are not done with their course.

The standard of economy and demand in the work culture has introduced students to pick internships or part time jobs to add value to their course and also build a reasonable amount of experience before they want to get into the actual job.

Keeping this in mind, we are about to write what are the dos and don’ts of a student’s resume.

resume do's and don'ts studentsStudents from various lines of course intend to enroll into part time jobs or internships. Now there are two things we need to know;


A temporary job profile that is mostly related to the student’s present course of studies. This is mainly done to gain experience and to enhance their practical knowledge in the field that they want to excel in.

Part time jobs:

Students here look out for jobs to fulfill their monetary needs or to gain experience or to achieve both. One needs to remember that part time jobs are done which may or may not relate to their course of education.

Regardless to the above situation, students need to have certain basic ideology for creating their student resume. Points below are to be kept in mind before penning down a resume.

Resume Do’s for Students:

  • Correct contact details
  • Showing absolute facts and figures are a must
  • Using simple sentences to promise your ability can help
  • A one sheet resume may speak the best for you
  • Highlight your achievements
  • Support your cause through providing valuable references
  • Academic score with proof
  • Usage of black ink
  • The hard copy of resume should consist A4 size
  • Keep your sub headings, name and important messages in bold/italics.
  • Use bullet points where necessary
  • Positive attitude in tone while creating your voice recorded message
  • Ensure to provide the right referral contacts
  • Choose to create from either “chronological resume” or “functional resume

Resume Don’ts for Students:

  • Lengthy resumes for beginners are not usually appreciated
  • Making it colorful may seem to be unprofessional
  • Using ‘ME’ or ‘I’
  • Do not extend paragraphs to more than 4 lines
  • Do not enclose photograph (unless required for other specific jobs)
  • Avoid templates; creating originally may add more value

Resume Dos and Don’ts Tips for College Students:

This gives you an insight of how a student can prepare a resume to compete with others and get a job.

We here are talking about how to begin constructing a student resume and its body message keeping in mind the above do’s and don’ts.

Consider 5 major points before preparing the resume. These are; Contact information, education, experience/ projects handled, assessment results and skills and interests. These act as the major pillars of your resume and the content under these should speak the candidate you are.

  • Use a normal word doc to build your resume (to keep in mind we require only one sheet to prepare a beginners resume).

Contact information:

Your contact details such as Name, address, Mob no., Email address should be correctly mentioned with name being in bold.

One appreciates an email address being formal or professional rather than it being casual or informal. For eg; avoid email id such as “”

Education details:

Mention the universities you have been part of previously and currently. Key in the details of the subject you are involved with and highlight the specialization there after.

You need to mention the University name and expected year of passing and enrollment year.


Here we are not talking about the typical work experience as it is evident we are preparing a beginners resume or a student resume.

This term in the context mean any experience that a student holds in terms of additional initiatives, activities, projects handled, worked as an assistant or as a lab coordinator, etc.

The knowledge that is acquired through these is something you need to highlight. To support your achievements and statements you can also provide relevant references who can talk about your journey with them.

Academic results:

Facts and figures are a must to every student in preparing a correct resume. Remember employers verify your status through various resources. To showcase your promptness and truthfulness, these inputs help talk the person you are.

You could also provide a photocopy of your previous assessment cards or certificates as per the employer’s request.

Skills and Interests:

Your inbuilt or acquired skills and interests are an important aspect. This proves not only your capabilities but also your urge to follow them.

  • Remember the proper usage of bullet points, borders, font size, font, bold and italicized words or phrases (only if necessary), black color, highlights, etc.

Keeping the do’s and don’ts and preparing a student’s resume in the above pattern can be a progressive step towards achieving a job.

However, it is also helpful if you could prepare your resume and allow experienced or full time job professionals to proof read your resume before submitting it for job vacancies. This avoids grammatical mistakes, typo errors if any and gives you a clean and simple profile.

Many of us fail to build a complete structured resume even after years of job experience. Trends and demands change from time to time so be well aware of them for updating your resume.

Here is wishing all the best for students aspiring to get a meaningful job and a right company to support their interests and studies. Keep in mind, this is just a beginning, once you start working every step adds as an experience.