How to Write a Student Resume for a Summer Job

When you’re busy with extracurriculars, group projects, and clubs, it’s hard to keep a part-time job during the school year! So in the summer, when you have a bit more free time to start a new job, you may find it a bit difficult to fill up your resume.

However, filling up your resume with unpaid experiences can actually be quite easy. Keep reading or watch our video below to find out how you can use transferable skills to write a student resume for a summer job!

Transferable Skills

When engaging with non-paid experiences like school clubs, and projects – the most important thing to take note of is its transferable skills. Transferable skills are skills that you can transfer from one experience to the other seamlessly.

These skills can include:

  • Leadership
  • Time management
  • Organization
  • Project management
  • Employee management
  • Book-keeping / budget
  • Problem-solving
  • People skills

Think of your experiences, and the transferable skills you can use on your resume. Were you the president of your school club or the leader of your school project? These are your leadership skills! Were you the timekeeper of your club or the person in your group project that delegated everyone’s tasks? Those are excellent time management and organization skills!

If you’d like support on formatting your resume, check out the walkthrough video on our Resume Creator!

Tailor your Skills

Expertly tailor your transferrable skills to write a student resume for a summer job. After you’ve gathered these skills, it’s time to tailor them to the position you’re applying for. Look at the top skills and qualifications needed on the job application, and evaluate how you can merge your experience with the experience they need.

For example, if they are looking for someone who is organized, or punctual, think about your timekeeping skills in your club!

You can also check out the organization’s Glassdoor reviews to read about what current and past employees said about the workplace. This will give you an idea of the types of skills you should highlight. You can check out GrantMe’s reviews on Glassdoor as an example.

Be Confident

Here’s a secret: not having paid experience doesn’t make you any less of a viable candidate for the job! Hiring managers usually know how tough it is being a student, and that skills accumulated during the school year can be very valuable! So, when you’re going into the interview, be confident in your transferable skills and show them that you are the perfect candidate!

Want a step-by-step on how to ace a job interview? Check out our video below!

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