Turn classes & projects into resume items

Before you burn that sociology notebook or forget about the 45 hours you spent on a class project, add it to your resume!

Not sure how? Check out these entries (called “resume phrases” in the label cloud) from SweetCareers, a blog written by Grace Kutney at Lawrence University’s Career Center. She gives samples of how you can turn classwork, projects, presentations and other campus involvement into valuable resume items.

The sample phrases are divided by type of involvement (like Greek life and working at the library) and major. Yes, there is even an entry called “Resume phrases for physics majors,” but you’ll also find history, sociology, art, marketing and PR examples (and more). She even includes sample verbiage that you can use.

Here are some examples:

  • Compared and contrasted _________ with _________ resulting in 8-page paper and 10 minute class presentation.
  • Utilized Lexis-Nexus, EBSCO Host, Jstor and other electronic databases.
  • Examined fundamental properties of crystalline solids from experimental perspective. (For the physics majors.)
  • Familiar with various techniques, including lithography, print making, digital imaging and sculpture.

The lesson learned? Almost anything you’ve done can be included on your resume. That’s an especially salient idea for people who may not have been able to complete loads of internships or take summer/part-time work in your field of interest.

A word of caution though: If you have worked in your field — through an internship or an actual job — that work experience will probably be more important and impressive to employers than anything you’ve done in class. So if you’re running out of space, classwork should be taken off first. (Actually, anything that isn’t relevant to the position you’re applying for should be taken off first!)


2 responses to “Turn classes & projects into resume items

  1. Way to help out your classmates with some good information! Optimal Resume is available at UNC (https://unc.optimalresume.com) and can make creating the actual resume easy too.

    • tarheelsintransit

      Thanks, Dave! Everyone should definitely check out Optimal Resume – it gives you a web link to share with employers.

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