Resume Writing 101

We’re getting in to the middle of the semester, and many of you may be starting to think about what comes after graduation! It’s peak season for applying to jobs and internships, and this can be very overwhelming. One of the first steps is creating the perfect resume! A resume is often the first thing a potential employer sees about you. It’s their first impression of you, so you want to make sure it wows them! We have compiled some tips to help you write a resume that stands out and shows all that you have to offer.

#1: Choose a format

There are 3 types of resume formats you can choose from.

  • Reverse-Chronological Format: This is the most traditional and common format. It starts with your contact information and a short summary of your career objective. Then, dive into your work history/experience (starting with the most recent position held). After this, you can highlight additional skills or honors and rewards you may have received. Finally, cover your education and any degrees or certifications that you have. This format emphasizes your work history and career progression, and is flexible for all types of job seekers.
Taken from Live Career
  • Functional Format: This format also starts with contact information. Then, list your strongest skills and qualifications. The work experience section should be concise, and does not necessarily have to include the time periods of employment. The purpose is to emphasize your skills and qualifications, not your experience. You should then include relevant skills you possess and examples of these. Finally, end with your education and awards/honors you may have. This is a good resume format if you do not have an extensive employment history and instead want to highlight your strengths and qualifications.
Taken from Resume Genius
  • Combination Format: This format combines the qualities of both chronological and functional formats. It focuses on both skills and work history/experience. This can be organized in a variety of ways, and include the same information as the above formats: contact information, skills and qualifications, work history (with dates and positions), education, and awards or honors. This format is great for applicants with a lot of experience in a certain field who want to highlight both skills and their job history.
Taken from Resume Genius

#2: Contact information

You’ve chosen your format, so now you can start filling it in! The first step is the contact information. Here is a general idea of what to put in this section:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Mailing address
  • You can add other things if you would like, such as a personal website, a LinkedIn profile, or a current job title.

#3: Introduction/resume objective

This is at the top of the resume and is a short introduction or objective/summary that showcases why you think you are qualified for this job. It needs to get the attention of the employer by emphasizing your strengths and experience.

This is a space for you to list what makes you qualified, with specific examples of jobs you have performed that show these skills. You don’t want to list generic qualities: make it unique to you and show your voice. The summary should be short: 2-3 sentences maximum. Here is an example of a concise, powerful, specific resume objective:

Marketing Manager with over eight years of experience. Proven success in running email marketing campaigns and implementing marketing strategies that have pulled in a 20% increase in qualified leads. Proficient in content, social media and inbound marketing strategies. Skilled, creative and innovative.

#4: Relevant work experience

This is the meat of your resume! You want to list any relevant jobs or experiences you have had that would aid you in the position you are applying for. Remember to list them in reverse chronological order, starting with your most recent position.

For each position you held, include a heading with the company’s name, location, job title, and dates of employment. Underneath each heading, list a couple of responsibilities you had with the position. These should be short bullet points that summarize your position.

#5: Education

This is a short section that simply shows any degrees you have received. This is what you can include in the education section:

  • Name of the school/university you attended
  • Location
  • Date of graduation
  • Degree(s)

#6: Skills

You want to quickly recap a wide range of skills that you possess. This can be formatted creatively, but needs to be short and sweet. Many resumes simply use bullet points to list each item. The point is to show that you have a diverse set of skills, both soft skills and technical skills.

Soft skills are personality-based qualities such as organization, teamwork, time management, or trustworthy. They are not quantifiable, but are skills that are necessary for working in any job. Technical skills are tangible and concrete, such as knowing different languages, being proficient in certain computer programs, or public speaking. A good resume will include both soft and technical skills to stand out to an employer.

#7: Awards or honors

Finally, your resume can end with a short list of relevant awards or certificates you may have received. This section is not necessary, but if it is relevant to the job then it would be good to add. This can be a wide variety of things:

  • Awards/honors: competitions you may have won, scholarships, student achievement awards in college, any published material, etc.
  • Certificates/licenses: this is more specific to the job you may be applying for. For example, if you are applying for a job in a health-related field, you could include that you are CPR Certified or a registered nurse.

#8: Finishing touches

The hard part is over! You have all the content you want for your resume. Now, you can work on formatting and styling it to be eye-catching and unique. You want your resume to be a single page, so you may need to play with font styles and sizes to make it appealing but also concise. Choose an easy-to-read font, and use the same font throughout the entire resume.

You may want to add some lines or borders to break up parts of the resume and keep it organized. A strategic way to add in lines are after the contact information and resume objective, and between each of the major sections.

There are many ways to make your resume unique and appealing to an employer. Be creative and add character! This can be a daunting task, so there are tons of online templates for resumes are websites to give you ideas. Here are a few free resume template websites:

Good luck with your resume writing and job hunting!

Textbook vs. E-Book: Which Should I Choose?

Textbook vs E-Book

The new semester is coming up. You go in line at your local textbook store and you ask for the textbooks you need. The customer service representative asks, “Would you like a physical copy or an electronic copy?” You stand there, stumped. You had not thought about this question before walking in the store. You just assumed that the representative would give you a load of books and send you on your way. How do you answer the question? Which version is best for you? Hopefully this blog post makes your decision, an easy one.

Pros of the Textbook:

Textbooks are tangible. Most students have physical copies of the textbook and odds are, the instructor has a physical copy of it as well. Textbooks are good for tactile learners who enjoy highlighting and underlining key information while studying. Most textbook stores, including Textbook Solutions, allow students to write in rental textbooks.

Textbooks are traditional. It is easily accessible and does not require any online setups or configurations to use it. For the technophobes who prefer the old fashioned way of learning, textbooks are friends.

Cons of the Textbook:

Textbooks can weigh anywhere from a pound to five pounds or more. If you multiply five by the amount of textbooks you need for the semester, you are looking at 25 or 30 pounds of textbooks! Undoubtedly, textbooks can cause physical strain and can become tedious to carry for any length of time.

Textbooks can run the risk of getting damaged. Physical textbooks are essentially pages and pages of paper. And paper can easily be ruined by water. So if it is raining outside or if you spill your drink, the textbook can get ruined and you may have to pay a fee.

Pros of the Electronic Book:

Unlike the textbook, an electronic book weighs as much as your smart device. There is no physical strain to carry the e-book and everything is compacted through one device.

The electronic books are always with you. That is, if you have your device in hand. Sometimes we forget our physical textbooks at home. Well, no fear! With the electronic book, you have accessibility to the textbook anywhere.

Cons of the Electronic Book:

One word: malfunction! Technology is unreliable at times and can go wrong in an instant. Have you ever had a network connection problem while taking a test or working on an assignment? If so, then enough said.

One downside of the electronic book is that you cannot take notes directly on the book. Granted, there are online applications that allow you to take notes but this may not be the most effective method for learning.

So which one do you choose?

Well, if you prefer something tangible and trustworthy, choose the physical textbook! If you are more of an “on-the-go” person who keeps the cell phone nearby, the electronic book seems like your option! At Textbook Solutions, we offer many physical textbook options as well as access cards for online e-books. As you’re starting to shop for textbooks for this upcoming fall semester, be sure to check us out and Save More Green!

Dorm Decorating

Your first year of college is going to be full of excitement and new adventures. While you might not be home anymore, it doesn’t mean that you can’t make it feel a little like home by giving your dorm some color and style! You should think of your dorm walls as canvases waiting to be brought to life. 

Before we dive in, keep in mind that your room should be a place you find comfort in. Your room should be inviting even if it’s just inviting to you. You’re going to be living here for about a year, so you should consider what kinds of things you want to surround yourself with. Think about what kind of space you want to spend your study, sleep and free time.

Color scheme

The first step into bringing your dorm room to life is determining what colors you want to be surrounded by. This is an opportunity to start fresh in the decor department so consider these questions: Do you want colors that stand out? Do you prefer neutral colors? Do you prefer more earth tones? Do you lean more towards pastel colors?

There may be an aesthetic that you gravitate towards. There are so many styles: Minimalistic, Boho, Preppy, Artsy, etc. Look up different styles online to get a feel for what you might like. Who knows, you might be leaning towards something you’ve never tried before! 


As mentioned, this is an opportunity to start fresh. This statement also stands true with your bed sheets. By now, you should have settled on a color scheme or aesthetic you want to pursue for your room. Using those, consider if you’ll be wanting bed sheets or a comforter with solid colors or patterns. You can also try accent pillows and throw blankets: they’re not only stylish, but they also serve a purpose!


You can never go wrong with some fairy lights! They can be hung above your bed, around bookshelves, or along the wall. They can even be hung around your study area. Studying may not always be fun, but fairy lights can make studying less dull. Even if you don’t place fairy lights over your study area you will definitely be wanting to place some sort of lighting equipment there. After all, you may be pulling all-nighters at some point!

Another good option is an adjustable desk lamp. This will allow you to adjust the lighting according to the brightness of the room.

maximizing space

If you’re looking to maximize the space in your room, you should definitely consider using storage bins. You’ll want to take advantage of the space under your bed by using bed risers to keep all your bins accessible and organized. Also, if you’re looking to maximize your closet space you may want to use hanging organizers. These will increase the space for both your clothing and shoes.  

wall art

Like we said earlier, your walls are a canvas waiting to be brought to life. You can bring them to life with mementos such as your favorite pictures, movie posters, motivational boards, or even school banners to get you into the school spirit! If you want to fill your walls with something new you can also create a new art piece to hang.

Your decor can have more than one purpose, like cork boards and whiteboards. These will allow you to track your schedule and school events as well as a means of communication between you and your roommate (if you have one).


Your room will most likely not be the same size as your room back home. You should be cautious of the size of the furniture you bring into your dorm area. Consider bringing in furniture that will serve more than one purpose. This will allow you to take advantage of the space in your room. A good example of multi purpose furniture is a storage ottoman: they are both chic and useful in more than one way.

One last thing to consider is that you’ll most likely be sharing your room with a roommate. If you are, try reaching out to them to see if they will also be decorating their side of the room. Should they also have the same thoughts the two of you can coordinate to have one specific theme for the entire room. Your roommate(s) will be one of the people you interact with first in your college journey. Some people stay close friends with their roommates even after college, maybe you will too!

We hope these dorm decorating tips help you out. They have definitely helped us!  

Ways to Save Money in College

As a college student, saving money can be hard. We’ve compiled a list to help you save your hard-earned money. Believe it or not, we live by these tips too. What better way to provide advice than with some methods we’ve already tested ourselves! We hope you’ll be able to use some of these methods during your years in college and into the future. 


One of the first dilemmas you’ll face as a college students is having to buy expensive books for your classes. Let’s face it, you won’t even read half of the chapters in your class for some of them. Instead of buying new books, we recommend that you rent your books!

We’ve noticed some students purchase expensive books in hopes to sell them later on for an equal or higher price they bought them for. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Bookstore can’t always guarantee that they’ll buy your books back for the price that you’re hoping, or if they will be buying them back at all later on as their need for books fluctuates every semester. You’ll actually be saving yourself SO much money by renting!

At Textbook Solutions, we aim to keep our book prices lower than your on-campus bookstore and rent out books up to 90% off their new price.


You should also look into what is included in your tuition: take advantage of the amenities that your university offers! If you’re looking to keep in shape while in college and are looking for a gym, don’t spend your money on a membership. Most universities have a gym for their students. All you’ll need to show at the door is your student ID. You can get fit and stay active without spending more money!


On a similar note, we know that some classes can be super time consuming when it comes to homework and assignments, which may limit your meal times. Don’t let that pressure you into eating out every day. Many universities offer meal plans included in the tuition that will give you access to the cafeterias and on-campus restaurants. It’s already included, so you’re not spending more money by eating out!

One healthy, money-saving tip for eating and drinking is to always carry a reusable water bottle with you. It’ll not only help you in staying hydrated but also save you money. If not eating on campus, you should also consider the time of day that you go out to buy your next meal. We highly suggest visiting your favorite place during Happy Hour! Restaurants are more likely to be having special offers during that time.


In addition, most universities have a computer lab that allows you to print all the documents you need for free. Instead of having to purchase a printer, paper, and ink, all you’ll really need is your USB or Google Drive information and your school ID. You won’t have to worry about not having enough ink or paper!

Of course you’ll need a means of transportation to and from the computer on campus. While having a car can be useful, you can also look into taking the shuttle. If you live in university housing they most likely have shuttles all around – and the best part is, you don’t have to pay for gas! The shuttles on campus are designed to help the students get from their dorm to classes on time. We suggest scoping out the shuttle stops and checking out their itinerary.

Student discounts

People always say you should always carry your ID, and we couldn’t agree more. When you go out, never forget to ask if they have any active student discounts. If you’re in need of electronics/entertainment, Apple, Sprint, AT&T, Office 365, Best Buy, Dell, Spotify among others offer discounts for students! Restaurants like Dairy Queen, Buffalo Wild Wings, Waffle House, and Burger King can help you save 10% on your next meal. Don’t be afraid to ask if a place has any student discounts!


If you’re just not sure if you can keep track of your expenses by yourself, don’t worry! There are actually various budgeting apps designed to guide you. They’ll not only tell you how you’ve been spending your hard earned money, but how much you’ve been spending in transportation, shopping, dining, etc. Here are some budgeting apps you can use for free: Mint, Wally & EveryDollar. They can also help you in alerting you when your next bill is in addition to creating monthly budgets so you can stay within your ideal budget and save some moolah!

We know how hard it can be to save money while in college. At Textbook Solutions we aim to help you Save More Green. We hope that with these tips you’ll be able to do just that!

Texas A&M Football Calendar Wallpaper

Happy Monday! As the new college semester approaches, that means we are that much closer to college football! Our very first Textbook Solutions location was founded in College Station, TX – the heart of Aggieland and Fightin’ Texas Aggie football! We love our school here and to show our Aggie pride, we have created a desktop and cell phone wallpaper with the A&M football schedule. The beautiful photograph for this was taken by Rebecca Griffith Photography, and her website can be reached here.

Click on the image above to save and download the Desktop Wallpaper.
Click on the image above to save and download the Cell Phone Wallpaper.