Making a Student Resume: The Ultimate Guide (+ free templates)

I began making a student resume in my first year of college, and after a lot of trial and error, I have finally learned the skill of making a good student resume.

When should you make your Student Resume?

Right now, if you don’t already have one. Ideally, you can begin working on your resume from the second year of your college programme, as you would have some time to work and gain experience. But even if you are starting later, that’s ok. This template and guide will work for you.

Why do you need a Student Resume?

It’s your first resume. Your Student Resume is a sum of all the work and experience you have gathered so far in one single page. It’s an important document to keep at hand, not only because it will help with your job search after you complete your college degree, but it helps in applying to leadership positions at your college, internships, and so on.

A resume is a one-page explanation of your professional skills and experience. It’s everything that anyone in your field would want to know and learn about you, professionally speaking.

Also, make sure it does not exceed one page. One page is more than good enough for a student or a fresher.

How can you make your Student Resume

Step 1: Make a list of all your work, project, and professional experience using this format

First, you need to gather all the relevant information that will go into your resume. You need to gather information such as :

Step 2: Organise everything and keep what is relevant

Now that a whole list of all your experiences and projects is ready, it’s time to cut out what is not relevant.

Here is a checklist you can use:

  • Is it from the last 2 to 2.5 years? If not, it’s not relevant to your resume
  • Is it applicable to the work and programme you are currently in? Your 8th-grade basketball trophy is not relevant if you are in an economics programme.
  • Is the project or experience less important than other work that you have done? If it is not as important, remove it.

Step 3: Make a final list with its timeline

All your relevant work experience will need to finally be put into your resume with the start and end dates.

Social Media InternJan 2023 to March 2023
Volunteer work Dec 2022 to Jan 2023

Step 4: Grab these free templates ( and start filling them in)

Important things to keep in mind

  • The resume should not exceed one page
  • Adjust all the text and font to fit the margins of the Canva doc properly
  • Use professional fonts
  • Use professional colours
  • Use a professional photograph

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