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2. Summary


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Motivated and results-driven Management major seeking an internship in logistics or project planning. Strong time management and customer service skills. Highly competent in MS (Word and Excel).

Goal-oriented problem solver and team player with strong leadership and interpersonal skills, seeking an on-campus job.

Creative writer with experience using social media to increase awareness of and donations to local non-profit organizations. Collaborative in nature, equally able to manage projects independently. Seeking summer internship in social media marketing.

Passionate, collaborative Elementary Education major with strong communication, organization, and problem-solving skills, seeking a tutoring position. Competent with Google Suite (Docs, Forms, Sheets and Slides), YouTube and MS (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

Environmental Studies major seeking an internship. Meticulous, critical thinker experienced in research and data analysis. Strong verbal and written communication. Proficient in MS (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

Organized and dedicated Biology major with complex problem-solving skills seeking a research assistant position. Critical thinker skilled in working independently or collaboratively. Proficient in MS (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

Elementary Education major seeking EOF Student Resident Program Assistant position for the summer. Creative, organized, dedicated, goal-oriented, and compassionate.

Meticulous worker, excellent at juggling multiple tasks and working under pressure. Broad leadership experience and a willingness to work hard and learn quickly.

Bilingual (English and Spanish) Marketing major, seeking an internship. Goal oriented and motivated with customer service and cashier experience. Familiar with Microsoft (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

3. Education

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Declared Majors:

Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ, June 2025
School of Theoretical and Applied Science
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Bioinformatics Minor


Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ, June 2025


IMPORTANT: Choose your school, degree and minor from the list below.

Schools, Degrees and Minors

Anisfield School of Business – AACSB Accredited
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Bachelor of Arts in Economics
Bachelor of Science in Finance
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Management
Bachelor of Arts in International Business
Bachelor of Science in Management
Bachelor of Science in Marketing

Minors: Accounting, Business Analytics, Economics, Finance, Information Technology Management, International Business, Marketing

School of Contemporary Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, Digital Filmmaking Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, Global Communication and Media Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, Journalism Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, Visual Communication Design Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, Writing concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Music
Bachelor of Arts in Music, Music Education Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Music, Music Industry Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Music, Music Performance Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Music, Music Production Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Music, Music Studies Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Theater
Bachelor of Arts in Theater, Acting Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Theater, Design/Technical Theater Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Theater, Directing/Stage Management Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Theater, Theater Studies Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, Art History Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, Drawing and Painting Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, Drawing and Painting with Art Therapy Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, Electronic Art & Animation Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, Photography Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, Sculpture Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts, Sculpture with Art Therapy Concentration

Minors: Art History, Digital Filmmaking, Museum and Exhibition Studies, Music, Theater, Visual Arts

School of Humanities and Global Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies
Bachelor of Arts in American Studies
Bachelor of Arts in English and Literary Studies
Bachelor of Arts in English and Literary Studies, Creative Writing Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in History
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language Studies

Minors: Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Civic and Community Leadership, Creative Writing, East Asian Studies, English and Literary Studies, French, History, Human Rights and Genocide Studies, International Studies, Italian, Judaic Studies, Latino/a and Latin American Studies, Museum and Exhibition Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Policy, Spanish Language Studies

School of Social Science and Human Services
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies
Bachelor Arts in Law and Society
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Social Science
Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, Community Mental Health Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, Education Studies Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, Ethnicity and Race Studies Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, Gender & Sexuality Studies Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, Labor, Work and Organizations Concentration
Bachelor of Social Work
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Criminology Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Social Inequality Concentration
Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability

Minors: Contemplative Studies, Crime and Justice Studies, Environmental Studies, Food Studies, Gerontology, Neuroscience, Psychology, Sociology, Substance Use Disorders, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

School of Theoretical and Applied Science
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science Studies
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging Science
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Minors: Bioinformatics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Engineering Physics, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Plant Studies

4. Experience

Format your Experience in this manner:

Most Recent Organization, City, ST, Month Year Start–Month Year End or “Present”

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bullet points to help you develop your own.

TIP: Use present tense verbs for jobs you currently hold and past tense verbs for jobs previously held.
Verbs are displayed as (Present Tense)/(Past Tense) below.


  • Establish/Established positive relationships with the children by designing creative games and activities.
  • Communicate/Communicated with children’s parents or guardians about daily activities, behaviors, and related issues.
  • Achieve/Achieved status as an in-demand babysitter with many repeat and referral clients.
  • Excel/Excelled at building rapport and enduring trust/friendships with children of all ages.
  • Regarded by multiple parents and children as their #1 choice for babysitting services. Families booked services weeks (and even months) in advance to ensure an opening in schedule.
  • Care/Cared for a 5 year old girl on weekday evenings, 5-9pm Monday through Thursday.
  • Prepare/Prepared healthy meals and ensure proper eating etiquette.
  • Coordinate/Coordinated bedtime routine – brushing teeth, face washing, potty.
  • Clean/Cleaned up the house every night before the parents return.
  • Take/Took care of a 3 year old girl and 4 year old boy over summer and winter breaks.
  • Set up a weekly schedule of games and learning activities.
  • Prepare/Prepared healthy customized lunchboxes daily that conformed to taste preferences.
  • Monitor/Monitored sugar intake of both children and regulate/regulated the quantity of snacks allowed.
  • Take/Took children to swimming lessons and helped them learn swimming fundamentals.
  • Arrange/Arranged play dates with children of family friends.


  • Provide/Provided exceptional customer service to camp participants and their parents, guardians, and families.
  • Develop/Developed and implement/implemented weekly lesson plans for children ages 4 through 12.
  • Plan/Planned, lead/led, and implement/implemented programs and activities for groups of 15- 20 three to five year old children, five days per week.
  • Supervise/Supervised activities involving up to 25 children, keeping daily records for each camper while fostering development, social interaction and an overall positive camp experience.
  • Maintain/Maintained daily attendance, incident reports and behavior reports.
  • Direct/Directed and lead/led recreational games, sports and group games for youth participants.
  • Support/Supported member’s emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts.
  • Organize/Organized and lead/led a variety of small and large group activities each week included crafts, nature, songs, and games, opening and closing ceremonies, swimming.
  • Communicate/Communicated with parents regarding camp policies, procedures and activities.
  • Assist/Assisted in writing and implementing a weekly schedule for your camp group.
  • Counsel/Counseled children displaying unruly behavior on the importance of respect, kindness, and understanding through positive reinforcement.


  • Maintain/Maintained high standards of customer service during high-volume, fast-paced operations.
  • Communicate/Communicated clearly and positively with coworkers and management.
  • Mastered point-of-service (POS) computer system for automated order taking.
  • Handle/Handled currency and credit transactions quickly and accurately.
  • Follow/Followed procedures for safe food preparation, assembly, and presentation.
  • Assist/Assisted management with inventory control and stock ordering.
  • Build/Built loyal clientele through friendly interactions and consistent appreciation.
  • Resolve/Resolved complaints promptly and professionally.
  • Cross-train/Cross-trained and coordinate/coordinated scheduling with team members to ensure seamless service.
  • Take/Took initiative to find extra tasks when scheduled duties were completed.
  • Train/Trained 3 employees on preparation and presentation of food.
  • Multi-task/Multi-tasked up to 10 orders and served customers in a timely manner.
  • Obtain/Obtained cash or credit card payments for various orders from customers and ensure/ensured correct change and issued accurate receipts are/were issued.
  • Take/Took orders from drive-through customers, bag/bagged orders ensuring the inclusion of condiments and napkins.
  • Ensure/Ensured staff members keep/kept work areas and restrooms clean maintaining maximum customer satisfaction and convenience.


  • Memorized company products and services to resolve inquiries efficiently.
  • Assist/Assisted customers with all issues, including resolving product issues, providing product information and issuing returns and refunds.
  • Process/Processed returns and inform/informed customers of return policy.
  • Provide/Provided detailed, personalized and friendly feedback to ensure customer satisfaction and retention.
  • Train/Trained new representatives on company script, services and entering customer data.
  • Handle/Handled 25+ calls daily including signing up new customers, presenting new products or services and assisting with canceling services.
  • Recognized for persuading canceling customers to stay with the company.
  • Awarded “Employee of the Month” in Month 20XX.
  • Resolve/Resolved online queries via email and instant messaging.


  • Provide/Provided quality customer service through positive and professional interaction with customers in person or by phone.
  • Help/Helped with taking phone calls, placing orders and performing prep work for pizzas.
  • Deliver/Delivered high quality customer service to clients and maintained their satisfaction level.
  • Interpret/Interpreted and comply/complied with established sanitation, safety, and service standards.
  • Handle/Handled inbound phone calls and place/placed customer orders, in a professional manner.
  • Prepare/Prepared, process/processed, and pack/packed all pizza orders, neatly and accurately.
  • Operate/Operated delivery vehicle and transport / transported pizza and food orders to designated location.
  • Deliver/Delivered all pizzas and complete/completed all assigned customer orders, in a timely manner.
  • Clean/Cleaned and maintain/maintained the company-assigned vehicle, properly and carefully.
  • Interpret/Interpreted and follow/followed government traffic laws and company-specified cash handling procedures.


  • Remove/Removed trees, modified landscaping, mowed grounds (approximately 7 acres).
  • Maintain/Maintained grounds including edging, hedging, pruning of shrubs and trees, clean up and removal of all debris.
  • Prepare/Prepared full winter maintenance including snow and ice removal, salting, sanding.
  • Install/ Installation of landscape structures, including trees, plants, block walls and brick patios/walkways.
  • Maintain/Maintained parks green spaces, using lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and other tools and/or equipment.
  • Inspect/inspected all common area grounds including landscape areas, streets, walkways and trash enclosures, removing all trash. Sweeps or wash common areas as directed.
  • Paint/Painted gates and fences; remove/removed graffiti using chemical or organic solvents.


  • Instruct/Instructed swim lessons for children ages 6 months to 12 years old..
  • Train/trained new instructors in lesson planning and delivery, customer service, and swimmer health and safety
  • Teach/Taught and assist/assisted in teaching children from 6 months of age and up in both private and group lessons.
  • Facilitate/Facilitated all child development programs such as: Kid’s Night Out, Parent’s Night Out, Seasonal Swim Camps, and Kid Triathlons.
  • Teach/Taught youth swimmers ages 1-13 years, focusing on personal developmental needs.
  • Promote/Promoted and market/marketed aquatics programs to increase club membership and participation.
  • Complete/Completed daily safety inspections within the aquatic facility and record maintenance reports.
  • Assist/Assisted with planning curriculum for water activities and maintain/maintained proper and safe use of the facility and equipment.
  • Provide/Provided emergency care and treatment when required until the arrival of EMS.
  • Utilize/Utilized water safety skills to develop children’s comfort and security around the water.
  • Assist/Assisted in creating a fun and safe environment during Family Swim Hours.
  • Supervise/Supervised patrons in an aquatic environment and deal/dealt with problems, questions and queries in a calm and responsible manner.
  • Provide/Provided minor and major first aid to patrons in a wide range of emergency and non-emergency situations.


  • Perform/Performed street maintenance work including, scrubbing, stripping, waxing, and resurfacing.
  • Repair/Repaired broken roads and patch potholes, warding off accidents.
  • Handle/Handled roadside landscaping work and mowing of maintained properties, including cemetery, fire hall, public parks.
  • Participate/Participated in snow and ice removal, and spreading sand and salt on cleared spaces.
  • Coordinate/Coordinated the installation, maintenance, and repair of traffic control systems such as signs and pavement markings.


  • Build/Built a strong, repeat customer base by delivering excellent customer service and resolving inquiries.
  • Consistently meet/met or exceed/exceeded monthly sales targets for misses and women’s suits.
  • Drive/Drove sales through upselling products based on customer’s preferences.
  • Perform/Performed daily department tasks including stocking, creating merchandise displays, pricing markdowns, and processing transactions.
  • Successfully assist/assisted customers with product selections and purchases, e-service transactions, and
  • Achieve/Achieved daily sales goal by cross selling and promoting additional products and services.
  • Arrange/Arranged new merchandise with signage and appealing displays to encourage customer sales and move overstock items.
  • Open/Opened and close/ closed store independently, when needed.
  • Greet/Greeted customers and maintain/maintained clean sales station.
  • Supervise/Supervised fitting rooms, checking number of items in/out, and returned.
  • Handle/Handled customer purchases, organize/organized sales station and balance/balanced cash register daily.
  • Issue/Issued receipts, refunds, credits, or change due to customers.
  • Respond/Responded to customer needs providing product information, aisle locations, stock checks and price verifications.
  • Scan/Scanned groceries and ensured proper price scanning. Balanced daily cash register receipts and provided quality customer service.
  • Calculate/Calculated money in cash drawers at the beginning and the end of shifts for accuracy of transactions and petty cash.
  • Offer/Offered customers carry-out service at the completion of transactions.
  • Balance/Balanced daily cash register receipts and provided quality customer service.
  • Train/Trained new employees to maintain organization of grocery shelves to promote a better customer shopping experience.
  • Manage/Managed stocks of frozen and dairy departments including facing, filling and organizing product items while Ensuring tags and pricing.


5. Extracurricular Activities


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and use the sample bullet points to help you develop your own.

TIP: Use present tense verbs for jobs you currently hold and past tense verbs for jobs previously held.
Verbs are displayed as (Present Tense)/(Past Tense) below.


  • Achieved 3-time consecutive Big Eastern Conference Champs, 2018-2019
  • Earned 1st Team Academic All-American, 2018.
  • Liaised with coaching staff on an on-going basis to enhance team cohesiveness.
  • Scheduled bi-weekly team meetings and team conditioning sessions.
  • Coordinated team volunteer activities for local community.

FUNDRAISING (ex: Kidney Foundation, Lupus Walks, Diabetes Walk, Relay for Life)            

  • Manage/Managed registration table, including greeting and checking in participants.
  • Distribute/Distributed water and snacks to participants at check-in points.
  • Attend/Attended, contribute / contributed to and occasionally lead/led after-school planning meetings.
  • Spearhead/Spearheaded efforts to recruit and train new student volunteers.
  • Raised $1,000 in monetary and in-kind sponsorships for the 5k in just two months.


  • Worked with volunteers in packaging, labeling, boxing, and stacking fruits, vegetables, and cans.
  • Conduct/Conducted research to find free local services needed by clients (emergency shelters, housing, vaccinations, employment opportunities, and educational classes/workshops).
  • Load/Loaded carts and politely deliver / delivered food items to customers’ vehicles.
  • Maintain/Maintained a clean and orderly work environment to ensure food preparation codes are / were met.


  • Collaborate/Collaborated with Vice President to create and organize club schedule including meetings, activities and events.
  • Oversaw club’s budget of $1000, accounts, and finances.
  • Organized and executed 3 programming events with an average of 50 participants at each event.
  • Contributed 50+ published and bylined articles.
  • Recruited student journalists, assigned weekly stories, authored several articles, and conducted final edits.


  • Implemented an after-school reading program at a local elementary school to promote literacy, a love of reading and respect for community.
  • Led a group of volunteers in making 500 cooling scarves to send to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Established a pet food pantry and collected 1000+ pounds of food which serves 200 pets monthly.


  • Restored grounds of the Legion of American Veterans, including landscaping, repainting a pre-World War I cannon, and installing a plaque to the cannon base.
  • Refreshed Elkhart High School Band Room closet with new wooden shelving painted in school colors to house instruments.
  • Designed and installed four helmet and bat boxes for 4 local baseball fields.


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