How to Create Your First Resume as a New College Graduate with Google Docs

  1. To launch a new Google Document from your Gmail account:
    a. Log into your Gmail account and select the square icon next to your name at the top right corner of your browser.
    b. Select "More" at the bottom of the pop­up menu, and a Google Docs icon will appear at the bottom. Click on the icon to launch Google Docs in a new browser window.
    c. Click on the round, red icon with a white "plus" symbol on the lower right side of your browser. This will launch a new, blank Google Document.

  2. At the top of the page, type your full name, followed by your contact information, inserting each item on a new line. In your contact info, include your:
    a. home address,
    b. email address,
    c. phone number, and
    d. website (if applicable).

  3. Hit enter twice to create a space and start a new line. Your first section will be Education. Employers will want to see your most biggest accomplishment first; as recent college graduate, that is your degree.
    a. On this new line, type Education as your first header.
    b. Highlight your name and contact information. Select the "center" icon in the menu above to
    center the text.
    c. Keep the rest of your resume left-­aligned, which is the default setting. Return back to your Education section, and below the header, in one to three lines, list:
    i. your most recent degree (BA, BS, BFA),
    ii. college major (and concentration or minor, if applicable),
    iii. the name of your college,
    iv. your graduation date,
    v. your GPA (if it is especially high, i.e. 3.5+), and
    vi. any special honors or awards you received.

  4. If you have no work experience yet, skip this section and move on to #5. ​Create a new header called Experience. Here is where you will include any and all positions you have held (paid or unpaid), even if they are completely different than the one you are applying to.
    a. Start with your most recent job, internship or volunteer work, and list:
    i. the position title,
    ii. employer, and
    iii. the dates employed, including months.
    b. Underneath, list your tasks and accomplishments, using semicolons to separate each item. If you are still employed, use the present tense; if the position has ended, use the past tense. Be sure to include every responsibility, no matter how minute it may seem.
    i. Here is a good format to follow:
    Graphic Design Intern ­ Top Ad Agency (1/2015-­4/2015)
    Assisted lead designer with ad production; updated company website & marketing materials; answered phones for busy design department.

  5. Next, create a header called Skills. This is where you will include all software you use to accomplish tasks. You can organize this section in 2 different ways:
    a. If you have a general knowledge of most software, list each program or language as a running list separated by commas.
    b. Optional​: If you have some skills you want to highlight, you can create two categories, "Advanced" and "General." Here is an example:
    i. You are a former Computer Science major who knows the programming languages the position asks for (C++, Python, HTML5, CSS3, Javascript) and are advanced in Photoshop, but have only worked with InDesign and Illustrator in a basic way (you can create simple images and re­save files). Here is a good way to organize your list:
    Advanced: C++, Python, HTML, CSS, Adobe Photoshop
    General: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator

  6. Optional:​ For your final section, create a header called References. Underneath, list 2­3 former managers or professors who you know would give you a good recommendation. Include their job titles, phone numbers and (if you have them) email addresses.

  7. Go to "Tools" in the main menu above the document and select "Spelling" to spell check your resume.

  8. To name your resume, click on the large text at the top left corner of your browser that says "Untitled Document." A prompt will pop up with a space to rename your file. Enter in a title, and click "OK" or hit "Enter" to resave. Tip​: A good file name includes some variation of your full name and the word "resume" (example: PatJones_Resume).

  9. Finally, go to "File" in the top menu and select "Download as." From the pop­out menu, select either Microsoft Word (.docx) or PDF Document (.pdf), depending on what format your potential employer prefers. If it is not specified, PDF is a more widely used option.

Creating a Resume With Google Docs ­ Version 1.0