Building a Growth Resume

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How to strengthen your resume to make it more compelling? Students will be guided through facilitated exercises toward clarifying areas for growth, creating related plans, and developing compelling narratives (both internal and external).

Project description

One of the most important things we do is help students with their resumes. While we are not career counselors, nor is resume development an explicit part of our jobs, we are in the business of experiential learning. And high impact experiences such as internships, research, and global engagement should—by definition—support students’ academic and professional goals, and feature prominently in their resumes. However, we find that while students often do a good job conveying academic achievements, their resumes say little about who they are and what they have to offer in terms of skills, passion or sense of purpose, or why they are uniquely qualified for the opportunity they seek.

How to strengthen a resume to make it more compelling? Through this project, we will help you reflect on your achievements and experiences through various lenses toward clarifying areas for growth, creating related plans, and developing compelling narratives (both internal and external).

Project outcome

Students will develop:

  • greater clarity regarding strengths and areas for growth
  • greater confidence in speaking about their preparation and suitability for an opportunity
  • a model resume that can be adapted to different opportunities of interest
  • a model cover letter than can be adapted to different opportunities of interest
  • a plan for accessing and leveraging experiential learning opportunities
  • compelling narratives about skills and abilities and future pursuits

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment  Less than a semester (0-2 months)
Start time Anytime 
Level of collaboration Individual Student Project 
Benefits Varied
Who is eligible All students
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.

Project mentor

Mara Huber

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning, Director of

Experiential Learning Network

Phone: (716) 829-2834

Email: mbhuber@buffalo.edu

Preparation

To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience. 

To get started, contact the project mentor using the contact information above to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge. Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor

Preparation guidance

Once you have registered for the Project Preparation Digital Badge, you will receive further instructions related to the activities you will need to complete. In addition, you will also complete the following preparation activities for this particular project:

Before getting started, students will submit:

  • a resume and cover letter
  • a 2- to 3- page essay or 2- to 3-minute video profile detailing their background, strengths and interests related to career plans and academic aspirations