Your college might not be pushing for you to create your resume, and if not, they should be. Starting college is more important now that it has ever been before. It kind of mattered in high school, but you need a resume for college. Even if you don't need it for any specific class right now, you still should be creating a resume.
Why should you create a resume right now?
1. The earlier you create it, the easier it will be to keep it updated.
It's way easier to update something as you go along than to create a completely new resume when you need it. Save yourself the hassle and just create it now, before you need it.
2. You are going to have so many internships, job opportunities, and meeting companies. They will want a resume.
If you go to any job fairs or expos, any companies you meet will probably want a resume. Even if they don't, you can impress them by keeping a resume on you. Give yourself the best possible chance to get a job.
3. It's a summary of YOU that you can edit.
If you need to change it as time goes on, you can! This way you can do your best to show who you are to companies.
4. It lets you get ready for interviews.
If you look over your resume before going into an interview, it allows you to see what the interviewer might ask you about.
5. Lets you organize yourself.
Having a resume gives you a place to organize your thoughts before going into the interview, so you don't ramble.
6. It makes you look professional.
If you can create a good resume according to what the company wants, it shows you can follow instructions and aren't sending in the same resume to every company. This makes you look more professional than the person who uses a cookie cutter resume for every job.
7. A well-written resume might give you the job.
If you haven't figured out yet, a well-written resume might give you the job. It puts you higher up than those who don't do as thorough of a job.
Now that you know why you need a resume, how do you create one? The basic things you need are:
1. A cover letter
A cover letter explains why you want the job, what you can bring to the table, and allows you more space to talk to the interviewer. Use it wisely.
2. A contact section
Do you have your name, email address, and phone number on your resume? Cool, that's all you need. Don't put your physical address, they can get that when they hire you.
3. Work experience
Most recent goes first, and you should have the dates of each work experience. Don't leave big gaps between jobs unless needed
Put your most recent and relevant job first, then going later. You should also have specific dates of each job, with at least the month and year. You probably shouldn't leave big gaps between jobs.
This should include your current school, your high school if you're a recent graduate, and your majors. You should include dates of attendance here as well.
5. Additional skills
Do you have any skills that the company might want? If so, add them here.