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As one of the final Miami Plan requirements completed by students, the Senior Capstone is perhaps the one of the best courses you will take. It allows students to consolidate all of their learning throughout their college careers into a liberal, yet specialized, experience.
After all the hard work and effort put into your Capstone course during your final semesters at Miami, you should feel free to include that experience on your resume. If you do use it, make sure to demonstrate real application of your coursework while showcasing the liberal arts education you gained at Miami. Whether your course was research or project-based, employers and professionals in your industry will value your experience.
So, how are you going to do it?
1. Choose the section to list it under. Depending on the organization of your particular resume and the nature of your Capstone course, sections appropriate for the experience can relate to research, academia, or projects.
2. Include basic information about the Capstone. Be sure to include the name of the project, name of the course, and the months you took the course. Be consistent with the rest of your formatting in your resume.
3. Use your bullet points wisely! Write 2-4 bullet points that describe the scope of your Capstone experience and what you learned. These can help you stand out from students who may not have had entire courses dedicated to higher-level research or projects.
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How to List Projects on a Resume (Work, Personal, Academic)
Listing projects on a resume can instantly boost your chances of job hunting success. See how both freelancers and regular workers can harness the power of projects.
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Sending out the same old resume isn’t doing you any favors. Recruiters see hundreds of candidates for every job. Write a boring cookie-cutter resume, and you might as well just throw it in the trash.
What if… There was one easy addition to your resume. One that would instantly increase your chances of getting a job, and made you look more attractive to recruiters? You’d add it in a flash, right? Well, there is. All you need to do is list projects on your resume.
Read on and you’ll see:
- How writing a project-based resume is a job-winning tactic for freelancers.
- How to add projects to your work experience section or create a stand-alone section for an even bigger impact.
- How adding academic or school projects to your education section is a great idea if you’ve just graduated or you’re still studying.
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How to list projects on a resume?
Projects can be listed on a resume below a job description as accomplishments. You can also list them in a separate section titled Projects, Personal Projects, and Academic Projects. Academic projects can be included in the education resume section. You can also create a project-oriented resume.
Now, let's get to the nitty-gritty of each approach—
Project-Based Resumes for Freelancers
In today’s gig economy a standard cookie-cutter resume doesn’t always work. For a freelance contractor, including all of your projects on a resume the old school way can cause problems.
The chronological format is the standard for resumes. It sets out your work experience by listing your most recent job first and working back from there in reverse chronological order .
Recruiters love it, because it’s easy to make sure your experience is relevant and job title matches the job description.
But picture this, you’re a tech freelancer going for a contract coding a cool Python project for a web application. Your Python skills are legendary, but you’re no one-trick pony. Your last gig on your resume is a Java project.
Problem is recruiters only spend seven seconds on each resume, so chances are they won’t bother scanning further than the first entry.
They’ll think you’re unqualified then move on to the next candidate.
Here’s how to list projects on your resume to stop that happening. Create a functional resume .
Here’s how to code it:
- Rename your resume work experience section as “Projects.”
- Input a single line of code by naming every project with a title like this:
- Number projects sequentially. Project 1, 2, 3, etc.
- Write a project name.
- Then include the company and your position.
- Next line, type “Duration:” and list how long you worked on the project—e.g. three months, six weeks etc.
- Third line, type “Technologies used:” and list the programming languages , etc. that you utilized.
- Finish with up to six bullet points about the project and what you contributed. Aim to keep your resume targeted to the job you want.
- Start each bullet point with a resume action word to make it pop.
- Use the PAR (Problem-Action-Result) formula to give your project description more impact.
- Include quantifiable accomplishments .
- Use past tense on your resume for projects you're done with.
- Include a summary of qualifications at the very top to bring together the most imporant talking points of the rest of your resume.
And when structuring your resume , remember it should only be one or two pages long.
Here’s an example of how to list projects on a resume:
Project-Based Resume Sample—Freelancers
Project 1: Updating fintechnews.com (Fintech News Inc.) Backend Developer
Duration: Three months
- Created a content management system serving as a client interface that reduced download times by 30%.
- Developed new admin panel, which improved internal operating efficiency by over 40%.
- Created comprehensive testing regime using RSpec to ensure bug-free code.
- Rebuilt entire website with up to date technologies and frameworks.
Remember this format works great for freelancers in other industries, too. Even if your whole work history is based on freelance projects you can still write a great resume.
A word of caution. Functional format resumes may not get through older ATS resume scans.
Chances are that freelancing gigs are reviewed by human decision-makers, so this isn’t an issue. But if you’ve decided to go for a full-time corporate job, it’s best to assume ATS will be used so stick to the more traditional chronological format.
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Adding Projects to a Resume—Traditional Employment
Projects aren’t just for freelancers. They’re a great resume addition for traditional types of employment, too.
One way to include projects in your resume is to highlight them in your work experience section.
- Write up your work experience section according to professional standards.
- After the last bullet point start a line with “Key Projects:”
- Then write one or two sentences per project, following the PAR formula.
- Use action words and accomplishment statements.
Here’s an example:
Projects on a Resume Sample—Work Experience Section
Systron Solutions, San Francisco, CA
Inside Sales Associate
- Performed an average of 90+ cold calls daily creating three new qualified prospects exceeding company average by 10%.
- Managed a $1 million pipeline that supported the creation of 50 new accounts.
- Sold SaaS and Cloud offering to key accounts including California State University, Ace Athetics and BMI, succeeding in reducing back-up time by 50%.
Key Projects: Worked with IT team to create a new web-based leads-generating system, resulting in closed sales increasing by 18% contributing to a $1.5 million increase in profits.
Those two extra lines really add some wow factor.
Alternatively, include projects as an additional resume detail .
Recruiters love extra sections, they’re like a delicious buttercream cake frosting for your resume. A regular old cake is good, but the frosting makes it great.
This is how to add a projects section to your resume:
- Give it the title “Key Projects” and add it as the last section of your resume, after your skills section .
- Write a single sentence showing off an impressive project win.
- Use the PAR formula, action words and accomplishment statements when presenting your project management skills .
- Mention the job title and employer you had at the time.
- Avoid including irrelevant experience to beef up your document (especially if it means going farther back on your resume than 10-15 years ).
Here’s how it would look on a resume.
Projects on a Resume Sample—Additional Section
- Spearheaded a cost-cutting project achieving a $50,000 dollar annual saving by replacing paper towels with hand dryers in all bathroom facilities as National Operations Manager with Redbridge Systems.
This approach is nice and flexible, too. You can target your resume for different jobs by simply swapping out different projects depending on what you’re applying for. Plus, it might help you deal with multiple positions with the same company on your resume .
Projects aren’t just for experienced professionals though.
For a complete guide on resume writing, check out: How to Write a Job-Winning Resume: Professional Guide
Adding Projects to Your Education Section
If you’re writing a recent college graduate resume or you’re still studying, you’ll know the feeling. Writing a resume without work experience is tough.
You can instantly add more credibility by putting college or academic projects on your resume.
Here’s how to put coursework projects on your education section:
- Write up your education section according to professional standards.
- Then underneath add a title e.g. “Programming Projects.”
- Follow with a brief description of the project e.g. “Coding a chat application in Java”
- Include when you completed the project. Do this by semester e.g. Fall 2018
- Finish with 2–3 sentences describing the projects, the skills you utilized and what was accomplished.
Here’s an example.
Projects on a Resume Sample—Education Section
B.S. in Computer Engineering
University of California, Riverside, CA
Coding a Chat Application in Java
- Created a group chat application using MulticastSocket (Java Platform SE 7) with additional capabilities for joining “groups” of other multicast hosts on the internet. Used Java’s RMI (Remote Method Invocation) to achieve encryption-decryption.
Student resumes will also benefit from including the following :
- Your currently pursued degree and expected graduation date
- GPA , making the dean's list , latin honors
- Interests (especially if they can be spun as projects)
Don't put your high school education on a resume if you're already in college though!
Pro Tip: You can also put personal projects on your resume. The candidate above could’ve created some coding projects in their spare time. Just follow the instructions above for adding a separate projects section to your resume and title it “Personal Projects.”
And that’s it. Projects on a resume for every situation.
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Adding projects is an easy way to make your resume stand out like a peacock at a penguin convention.
How to list projects on s resume:
- Use a projects-based resume if you're a freelancer or most of your work is projects-oriented.
- Add projects below each job description or as a separate additional section.
- Add academic projects to your education section if you're still in school of just graduated.
- Add personal projects as a stand-alone category, but be selective in what you list.
- Make sure all projects are tailored to the position you're applying for.
- Highlight most impressive projects as "Key Projects" below each job description or in a separate section.
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If you’ve completed a project you’re especially proud of, it’s natural to want to show it off on your resume—and it might even help you land your next job. Projects that potentially belong on your resume can come from your past jobs, paid and unpaid side ventures, and—if you’re a recent grad—your academic coursework.
Read on to see why, when, and how you should put projects on your resume.
Why You Should List Projects on a Resume
Like everything else on your resume, projects can help highlight experiences that qualify you for your next job. You may have used skills— hard or soft —in a certain project that are key for the role you want. And including a successful project is a great way to tie those skills directly to results, which employers want to see on every resume.
When You Should List Projects on Your Resume
Adding projects to your resume “can be a great way to highlight experience outside of your daily role, enhance a recent grad resume, or bridge the gap from what you’re doing to what you want to do” if you’re looking to change or pivot careers, says Muse career coach Tara Goodfellow , owner of Athena Consultants .
Projects are an especially helpful addition to your resume when your experience section doesn’t already show that you have the background you need to get the job you want next, which is most common for two groups of job seekers:
- Recent graduates : Entry-level candidates by definition lack professional experience. But if you just finished college, a big project—whether you did it for a class, an honors or capstone program, an internship, or your own research—can show that you have a lot of valuable workplace skills such as leadership, collaboration, presentation, and public speaking, Goodfellow says. After your first-full time role, Goodfellow recommends removing school projects from your resume.
- Career changers or pivoters: When you’re looking to switch or pivot your career, you want to show any experience you have that relates to the role, field, or industry you want to go into. This might mean highlighting projects you did within a current or past job or adding a volunteer, side, or freelance project to your resume. What matters is that your project helps prove to employers you have relevant experience for the job you’re hoping to land.
Which Projects You Should Include
When you’re deciding which projects to add to your resume, “you want to be strategic,” Goodfellow says. “Don’t just dump every project you’ve been part of hoping something will catch the hiring manager’s attention.” Instead, carefully go over the job description for any role you’re interested in. Highlight any skills or qualifications the company is looking for that you have, as well as any job duties they list for the role that you’ve performed in the past. Then note any that can only be proven by including a certain project on your resume. If a project doesn’t meet this threshold, it probably doesn’t need to be called out.
Even if you’re in a more project-based field, like engineering, IT, or consulting, consider whether all or any of your projects can emphasize your accomplishments in a way that general bullet points under each job entry can’t. With too many projects crowding your resume, recruiters might not find the most important details. For example, if you generally do consulting for larger clients, but once worked with a small business and got great results, listing details for that one project might help you land a job at a consultancy with a small-business focus. But if most of your clients are small businesses, mentioning a slew of individual projects rather than overall achievements will take up valuable resume space without necessarily adding to your qualifications.
How to List Projects (Plus Examples)
List your projects wherever they’re most relevant, Goodfellow says. For recent grads, this often means your education section. If the project was part of a past job, freelance work, or volunteer work, it likely belongs under that specific entry in your experience section . If you’re thinking of a personal or side project or you have multiple projects that you want to include on your resume, you might consider adding a dedicated “Related Projects” or similarly titled section.
Regardless of where you list your project, you should follow these general tips:
- Include important details. You should add enough information about each project that it can be easily understood by anyone who reads your resume. Depending on the specific project, consider listing a project title, a project description, and project dates, as well as who you did the project for and with, what your role was, and what the results and impact were.
- Focus on your achievements. Whether your project description is contained to one bullet point or has several bullet points underneath it, employers want to see what results you’ve gotten with your skills so they can see how you might drive results for them. Use achievement-oriented , quantified bullet points to really put your accomplishments front and center.
- Tailor your project description for every job application. You should only include projects that are relevant to the specific job you’re applying for and, even more than that, you should make sure your description of a project highlights the pieces of it that are most relevant. So if a company is looking for someone with website design experience, focus on the design aspect of your side project, not how you attracted customers to your site. And try to use the same language and keywords as the job description.
- Include links to your work when possible. Almost everyone who reads your resume will do so for the first time on a computer, so links to work that’s live online are fair game. Just make sure you hyperlink an unimportant word like “Project” or even “Link” to avoid any applicant tracking system (ATS) issues.
What does this all look like in practice? Here are a few examples based on where you’re listing a project.
In an Education Section (good for a senior capstone)
This is how an entry-level applicant looking to emphasize their research, writing, and presentation skills might include a capstone project on their resume.
Bachelor of Arts in English | Colgate University | Hamilton, NY Expected Graduation: May 2022 Capstone Project: “Voices Missing From the 19th-Century Literary Canon”
- Wrote a 40-page dissertation on three minority writers who are not commonly taught in U.S. K-12 schools or colleges, exploring literary devices and techniques used before other writers who are commonly taught
- Presented research findings at Nineteenth-Century Studies Association 2021 Conference as one of five undergrads selected to give a 10-minute talk
- Researched writers’ lives and work by analyzing newspaper archives (via LexisNexis), conducting interviews with literary scholars who focus on the 19th century, and traveling to review old correspondence and writings not widely reproduced
- Analyzed 12 total texts to compare literary devices and techniques between focal writers and their contemporaries
Within a Dedicated Section (typical for current students and new graduates)
Here’s how an aspiring software engineer might describe a project they did in their free time to show off their coding chops to prospective employers.
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- Responded to user feedback and issues to improve site functionality and build additional features including a search function
Within Your Experience Section
Here’s how a marketer looking to pivot into project management might include a project under a past job immediately after the bullet points describing their overall duties and accomplishments.
- Led $200k digital marketing campaign from conception to launch, resulting in 120% of target signups in first two months of campaign
- Managed cross-functional team of seven marketing coordinators and analysts, content creators, and designers through market research, content creation, campaign launch, and analysis of results, setting deadlines, adjusting to changes in schedule, and resolving conflicts and miscommunications among teams
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What Is A Capstone Project? And Its Impact On Your Resume!
- by Srishti Jhawar
- Oct 17, 2022
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A capstone project is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in real-world situations. It’s a chance for you to take what you’ve learned over the course of your degree program and apply it to a specific problem or challenge. The goal is for students to demonstrate their ability to take on a leadership role and oversee a project from beginning to end, using their technical knowledge, communication skills, problem-solving abilities, and critical thinking skills. Capstone projects are typically required at the end of an undergraduate degree program in order to graduate. They are also sometimes necessary as part of the process of earning a master’s degree.
Capstone projects can be completed individually or in groups; they can be done on campus or off campus; they can be done over the course of one semester or multiple semesters. Some programs require students to submit their work as part of a portfolio that includes papers and other artefacts related to their experiences throughout their time in college. It’s designed to be an opportunity for you to synthesise everything you have learned so far, and establish your capacity to apply that knowledge in new ways. Your capstone project should be closely linked to your degree program and the skills you’re expected to develop as part of your education.
What Purpose Does A Capstone Project Serve?
The purpose of a capstone project is to help students gain the skills and experience they need to be successful in their future careers. The capstone project gives students the opportunity to take what they’ve learned in their coursework and apply it in real-world situations. Students are able to work on projects with a team, which allows them to develop interpersonal skills that will be helpful when they start working as an adult. Capstone projects also help students learn how to work under pressure, which can be invaluable when they have deadlines or tight turnarounds on projects at work.
It Helps You Showcase Your Skills And Impress Employers
A capstone project is a great way to show off your skills and impress employers. It’s also an excellent way to prove that you know how to work as part of a team and can handle responsibility with minimal supervision. Students have an easier time landing their dream job because they have experience using their knowledge outside of the classroom setting. Capstone projects are a great way to demonstrate your ability to think independently, integrate information, and apply concepts learned in class throughout the course of an academic program or career. It is a fantastic way to showcase how you’ve used the knowledge you learned in school. By completing a capstone project, you show your employer that you can follow through with objectives and take initiative. It also shows them that you have the ability to work independently and meet deadlines, as well as communicate effectively with others when it’s necessary. Many employers look for these skills when hiring new employees.
A Capstone Project Enhances Your Resume
A capstone programme can help you gain practical work experience to add to your resume. This can be a great way to show off your skills, learn new ones, and get some experience working in a team environment. A capstone project gives students the opportunity to work on something that is meaningful for them—whether it’s writing an essay about their favourite book series or building an app that helps people find nearby restaurants based on food preferences. It also allows students a chance to figure out what they want on their own terms. Capstone projects could be used on a resume or job application as evidence of your skills and abilities, making them an excellent way to differentiate yourself from other candidates.
It Helps You Differentiate Yourself From Other Job Candidates
Capstone projects can help you distinguish yourself from other job candidates. Students often have problems finding a capstone project that is relevant to their career goals and interests. The first step in creating a capstone project is to do research on the topic, which can sometimes be tricky if you aren’t familiar with the field or industry. When completing a capstone project, it’s essential to get feedback from others who are more experienced than you so that they can help guide you along the way and make sure your final product will be something employers would like to see! If you’re applying for jobs and are competing against other applicants who have completed similar classes or projects, your capstone project could be just what differentiates you from the rest of the pack. A good capstone project can showcase how much knowledge and skill you’ve gained during your time in school, and it can also show off how well-rounded and skilled a person you are.
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2. Include basic information about the Capstone. Be sure to include the name of the project, name of the course, and the months you took the
The MPA Capstone Project is an excellent professional experience to highlight on your resume. It is a demonstration of the skills you have acquired at the
Projects aren't just for freelancers. They're a great resume addition for traditional types of employment, too. One way to include projects in
This is how an entry-level applicant looking to emphasize their research, writing, and presentation skills might include a capstone project on
Including it in your job description allows you to describe the task and its impact. You can put academic projects under the education section.
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Altered an existing HMI display screen to add additional functionality to an already existing system. Research Assistant Intern, 2017 to Current
Capstone Project resume example · Worked independently and as part of a team to achieve an optimal heat pipe design. · Analyzed and interpreted test data and
Capstone projects are a great way to demonstrate your ability to think independently, integrate information, and apply concepts learned in class throughout the
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