The first tool you need as you begin your job search is a well-written resume. This is an employer’s first impression of you. Don't know where to start?

Review our PDF Fileguide to writing a resume for tips on what to include on your resume.

How do I know what to include on my resume?

  • Review the job description. Companies frequently post jobs on their own websites as well as on sites like indeed.com and www.smc.edu/hireSMC (this site is exclusively for SMC students and companies​ looking to recruit from SMC) it is good to check the sites often.
  • Highlight the required skills and the job duties the company is requesting.
  • Identify how you have learned those skills or when you have done similar activities.
  • If you do not yet have those skills, find a class or experience where you can build those skills.
  • If you already have those skills, highlight that information on your resume. Please review the guide to writing a resume for more information.

I have no experience, what can I put on​ my resume?

You can build experience and build your network through some of the following activities:

Volunteering - VolunteerMatch is a great place to find and sign up for Volunteer Opportunities.

Clubs - Get involved in club activities and take an active role in the club activities. See the clubs available at Santa Monica College or start your own club.

Professional Associations - Join a Professional Association. Industries have Professional Associations where people can attend workshops and network. Most associations offer student memberships at low or no cost.

Class Projects - Class projects count! Make sure you take an active role and are proud of your work so you can include your projects in a portfolio of your work.

Looking for a resume template?

If you need help formatting your resume download one of our resume templates:

Microsoft Word Filegeneral resume template

Resume template with side bar

Feel free to visit Resume Builder to browse design ideas. We do not recommend purchasing a template from this site. Building your own resume template using Microsoft Word is the best way to maintain a working document that you can edit as you grow.

Please feel free to review the following articles on how to create a resume that stands out:

Also, the language we use on resumes to describe the work we have done should start with an action verb. Please feel free to refer to a list of action verbs to help you frame your experience in a way that will impress employers.


An important tool to have as you job search in any creative industry is your portfolio. Although portfolio requirements vary slightly per industry and dependant on how advanced you are in your career we invite you to review our PDF Fileguide to creating a portfolio for tips on what to include.  We also recommend you review portfolios of professions in your feild to help guide you.

Check out Bell & Ivy’s presentation to SMC, with great advice on how to:

  • build a resume and portfolio (examples included)
  • network
  • leverage linked in to kick start your career.

Apply to work as an intern with Bell & Ivy:
Winter Semester application deadline: 12/6
Spring Semester application deadline: 2/6
More information about how to enroll in an internship class

Cover Letters

Do you need to submit a cover letter with your resume? Never miss an opportunity to highlight your qualifications and stand out from your competition. It will never hurt your chances of getting a job to send a cover letter, but it may very well hurt your chances of getting the job if you do not include it.

Review our PDF Fileguide to writing a cover letter for tips on what to include in your cover letter.

Please feel free to review the following articles about cover letters:


Why do you need to provide references? Companies ask for references to verify the information included on your resume and get insight into your character.

Review our PDF Fileguide for providing references for tips on how to create your reference list.