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5 Resume Tips for Art Students

5 Resume Tips for Art Students

by Kim Isaacs / Monster Resume Expert

Start with a Qualifications Summary

Sue Campbell, a professional resume writer and president of, says that a summary of your top qualifications is often more effective than an objective statement. This is particularly true if your career goal is undefined.

Says Robyn Feldberg, a certified career management coach and owner of Abundant Success Career Services, "I don’t recommend writing a vague objective, because it will typically focus on what the job seeker wants, which is usually of no consequence to the person making the hiring decision. Instead of an objective, I recommend that students format a profile section that clearly gives the reader a picture of the value they offer a potential employer.” Keep your summary brief — a few hard-hitting sentences are perfect.

Give Education Top Billing on Your Resume

Typically, education is placed at the bottom of a resume, but students are often better served by moving their education toward the top, the experts agree.

“Without experience in the target field, education is often the most valuable information a student has to offer,” explains Campbell. “The ”">art education section can move down in priority as the job seeker gains experience.”

According to Feldberg, "when formatting education, include the name of the college or university, its city and state, anticipated graduation date, extracurricular activities and courses related to your job target.” If your GPA is 3.0 or higher, include that too, experts advise.

Be Strategic in Describing Unrelated Jobs

Many students have part-time, seasonal or temporary work experience that is unrelated to future career goals. You don’t want to pack your document with irrelevant details, says Feldberg. On the other hand, prospective employers value candidates who demonstrate dependability and a strong work ethic, even if the experience is in a different industry.

Pull out the most important aspects of your work experience, Lebert advises. “Go into detail about projects you were involved in that show leadership, drive and determination,” she says. Campbell suggests students extract the skills and achievements that are most relevant to employers’ needs and leave out details that don’t add value.

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