- Read a book, or ten, about subjects you haven’t had time to explore lately.
- Spend as much time as possible with family, old friends, and new ones.
- Learn everything you can from your summer internship or job. Give yourself at least 3 learning objectives at the start of the summer, then revisit your goals throughout the summer to keep yourself on track.
- Treat yourself to something fun, like a trip, new clothes, a tech gadget, or a spa day.
- Whether it’s academic or just for fun, take a class.
- It’s easy to get stuck indoors during the academic year, so during the summer, get outdoors as much as you can.
- Prepare for next year. Summer’s a great time to plan out the coming academic year.
- Learn a new skill or try out a new hobby.
- Volunteer; get involved in your local community.
- Update your resume; make sure to add any new courses, volunteering, jobs or internships.
Question: I’ve been an actress in adult films for the last five years. It has been my primary income while I’ve been in college. I’m about to graduate and I’ve been applying for entry level chemistry technician jobs. I am not ashamed of my work, but I’m not sure how to include this on my resume or if I even have to include it. But I don’t want it to look like I have no work experience. I put myself through school and was basically working a full time job while being a full time student. I don’t have the typical “campus” jobs to list on my resume either. What should I do? ~ Meira, Florida
Answer: This is an important question! The basic rule of thumb for writing a resume is to only include experience that is related and relevant to the positions to which you are now applying. Although the chronological resume format, (one that lists your related work experience in reverse chronological order), is most popular, it is not always the most effective for every job seeker. Especially for college students, recent college graduates, and people who are changing career fields, who have limited related work experience, a combination format resume, (which is based on skill set), may make the most sense – at least until you have that first related job under your belt.
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As a mathematics major, you’ve probably spent a lot of time analyzing data, solving problem sets, and creating models, but how do you capture all of that classroom and math lab experience on your resume? Here are a few sample resume phrases to get you started:
- Thorough knowledge of statistical modeling, techniques and practices
- Formulated and analyzed mathematical models for a variety of real-world phenomenon, including ________
- Analyzed, constructed, and verified ___________ algorithms
- Formulated and assessed logical expressions and functions
- Graphed quadratic, rational, radical, and absolute value functions, linear equations and inequalities
- Determined convergence and divergence of sequences and infinite series using comparison tests, geometric series, ratio test, harmonics, integral test, root test and alternating series
- Used MATLAB to ____________
- Wrote SQL queries using SQL Server and Oracle
- Manipulated large data sets for analytical studies
- Regularly assisted professor in explaining complex mathematical concepts in easily-to-understand terms
- Analyzed data for trends and supported findings through thorough documentation
- Presented statistical results and technical findings to class of 25 students as part of 30 min. presentation
Keep in mind that the phrases above are just examples and are provided to remind you of your many accomplishments as a student. Revise, edit and tailor the phrases as your needs require.
As a college student or recent grad, your college degree is often the most marketable thing about you. But how do you translate your academic experience onto your resume? The Resume Phrases by Major
series provides sample resume phrases for activities commonly gained in different majors. These sample phrases are intended to inspire students and recent grads to describe their academic experience more thoroughly.