Tips For Writing A Computer Science Student Resume To Maximize Internship Potential

28 February 2017
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If you are a student that is studying computer science at a college or a university, you are likely looking to get an internship as soon as possible in order to build up your experience in your field and make it easier for you to get a job when you graduate. The problem is that many other students want to do the exact same thing. Here are some tips for tweaking your resume so that you can go to career fairs and mail it to recruiters and feel confident that you are going to draw their attention. 

1. Make it Human Readable and Machine Readable

The first thing that you want to do is make your resume readable by both humans and machines. Recruiters get a ton of resumes and don't have time to spend 15 minutes on each one. Instead, they have a computer parse through the resumes to see if the resumes contain key terms that indicate that a student has experience in whatever skills the company needs. Increase the likelihood that you will make it past this preliminary round by including a list of skills at the end. Write everything that you have had experience with, including database management, all of the languages that you have coded in, any Internet of Things products that you have coded for, and any mobile development you might have done. Be as specific as possible. Bold each of your skills and then in regular letters, write the general amount of experience that you have with each skill. This will allow both a machine and a recruiter to easily read your resume.

2. Include Personal Projects

If you are a student, you might not have anything to put in the work section of your resume. Instead, add a personal projects section and detail the projects that you have worked on outside of school. This will show recruiters that you are motivated enough to learn outside of school and will therefore be motivated if they hire you. It will also allow you to get additional words that a parser can pick up on. Try to match any of the skills that you put in your special skills section with a corresponding personal project. If you need to, include school projects that you think are cool in order to beef up this section.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in resume writing services.