We invited Brent Fujinaka from the Manoa Career Center to give students some pointers for beginning or refining their resume.
Brent broke down the resume into a few sections: Header, Education, Experiences, and Skills.
Before diving into the details, remember, don’t undersell your capabilities! Be honest about the you’ve work done, but think about how your experiences turned into positive qualities.
Include name, location, phone number, and email. While this may seem straight forward, avoid emails with nonprofessional usernames (for example: basketballfan123). Brent suggests using your hawaii.edu email to keep it simple. Make sure you check your email!
This section, especially while applying for internships or scholarships, can show merit. Include intended major and graduation date. A rule of thumb for GPAs, include 3.0 and above. GPA may be required for certain applications, however, this is an opportunity to show skill building too. Include course projects and contributions to the project. Was the project extensive and individual? Mention the level of organization required to make that happen. Lacking work experience can be made up for by this section.
(Work or Volunteer)
In the same way that Education helps convey skill building, this section helps convey transferable skills that can be applied to any opportunity. While its easy to list duties of the job, consider how specific tasks were building skills overall. As a cashier, people handle money responsibly; this can be molded to express the responsibility, accuracy, and customer service aspects of the job.
Extra Curricular and Awards
A key way to build a resume aside from working for pay, can be involvement in various campus organizations. The RIOs on UHM campus offer leadership opportunities that can be added to a resume. Being part of an organization for two semesters show commitment through change.
While hard skills can be listed under work experience, here, other skills that may not have been utilized at work can be mentioned. Language, computer programs, and social media platforms are examples of skills you could list if relevant to the opportunity in question.
Keep in mind..
High school experience can be relevant if certain commitments have stretched from then until now.
Brent shares: “The more experience you have, the better chances of being at the right place at the right time.”