The first tool you need as you begin your job search is a well-written resume. This is an employer’s first impression of you. Don't know where to start?
Review our guide to writing a resume for tips on what to include on your resume.
How do I know what to include on my resume?
- Review the job description. Companies frequently post jobs on their own websites as well as on sites like indeed.com and www.smc.edu/hireSMC (this site is excusivley for SMC students and comapnies looking to recruit from SMC) it is good to check the sites often.
- Highlight the required skills and the job duties the company is requesting.
- Identify how you have learned those skills or when you have done similar activities.
- If you do not yet have those skills, find a class or experience where you can build those skills.
- If you already have those skills, highlight that information on your resume. Please review the guide to writing a resume for more information.
I have no experience, what can I put on my resume?
You can build experience and build your network through some of the following activities:
Volunteering - VolunteerMatch is a great place to find and sign up for Volunteer Opportunities.
Clubs - Get involved in club activities and take an active role in the club activities. See the clubs available at Santa Monica College or start your own club.
- Join a Professional Association. Industries have Professional Associations where people can attend
workshops and network. Most associations offer student memberships at
low or no cost.
Class Projects - Class
projects count! Make sure you take an active role and are proud of your
work so you can include your projects in a portfolio of your work.
Looking for a resume template?
Download our resume prefilled template if you need help formatting your resume.
Feel free to visit Resume Builder
to browse design ideas. We do not recommend purchasing a
template from this site. Building your own resume template using
Microsoft Word is the best way to maintain a working document that you
can edit as you grow.
Please feel free to review the following articles on how to create a resume that stands out:
Also, the language we use on resumes to describe the work we have done should start with an action verb. Please feel free to refer to a list of action verbs
to help you frame your experience in a way that will impress employers.
Do you need to submit a cover letter with your resume? Never miss an opportunity to highlight your qualifications and stand out from your competition. It will never hurt your chances of getting a job to send a cover letter, but it may very well hurt your chances of getting the job if you do not include it.
Review our guide to writing a cover letter for tips on what to include in your cover letter.
Please feel free to review the following articles about cover letters:
Why do you need to provide references? Companies ask for references to verify the information included on your resume and get insight into your character.
Review our guide for providing references for tips on how to create your reference list.