Now that the summer is drawing to a close and you are about to finish your internships, research, or other summer jobs and projects, this is an ideal time to update your resume. It is not as hard as you think. Here are a few tips that might help:
1. Review what you learned and accomplished this summer. Don’t just list down the duties that were written in the job description. What exactly did you do? What projects did you work on? What were the results? Did you pick up any new skills? It sounds silly but get out a piece of paper and brainstorm all you did. List it all down and pick out the ones that stand out to add to your resume.
2. Be descriptive and quantify when possible. This is the time to really help the reader understand why what you did this summer is relevant. Don’t just write “wrote a report” as a bullet point. Something like “Aggregated data from the past two years to identify trends and compiled the results into a report that was presented to the manager” sounds a bit stronger.
3. Highlight transferable skills. Perhaps you did something this summer that is not directly inline with what you want to do when you graduate. That’s okay! Just highlight the transferable skills. If you spent the summer as a camp counselor, you can emphasize the communication skills and ability to manage groups when writing your resume.
4. Edit. Now that you have a new experience under your belt, you may have to remove older entries on your resume that may be redundant or outdated. You want to keep your document to one page. It doesn’t mean you have to remove everything just because you have something new. Just think critically and ask yourself if the older entries add show a different facet of your skill set to the reader.
If you are unsure of any of this, be sure to have a Peer Career Advisor look at your resume or attend our annual Resumania event in early fall to get your newly updated resume reviewed.