Pepper your resume with real estate activities
As much as you can, you need your resume to scream "I love real estate!" One of the most important things you can do is get a real estate related internship. That should be the main event on your resume and should be 4-5 bullet points of solid information. Show any real estate classes you have taken, real estate case competitions you've participated in, MOOCs you've taken, etc. You should also talk all about your experience with your school's Real Estate Club. If you don't have a Real Estate Club, start one!
Show, don't tell
As much as possible, quantify your bullet points. Don't just say, "Assisted in the underwriting of commercial loans in compliance with the firms underwriting standards" but instead say "Assisted in the underwriting of more than 10 commercial loans which totaled $75 million in value". Also, don't talk about your day to day activities. People don't care much about that. Instead, talk about projects you worked on, changes you helped make, properties you underwrote, etc. This will show 1) that you had a fulfilling experience and 2) give the reviewer talking points.
Show that you are a leader
Real estate is a very entrepreneurial industry and managers expect their people to have that same self-starter spirit. Therefore, taking initiative is essential. Clearly show ways in which you led a team, a project, or a change (leadership is more than leading people). If you are an undergrad and lack experience, put your experience as the VP of your Real Estate Club as one of your major experience points.
Get some real estate education outside the classroom
People often bemoan the fact that their college does not offer any real estate classes. Who cares! There are plenty of ways to get real estate education. For one, take a real estate financial modeling course. This is a great way to demonstrate your interest in real estate and your technical skills. Start a Real Estate Club on your campus and make it a meaningful club (this will also check the boxes mentioned above). Enroll in an online real estate certificate program from a school like Georgetown or NYU. Take an Argus course (since this will be your new best friends as an analyst/associate). Take an unpaid internship at a local real estate company. And make sure you put all of this on your resume!
Follow simple resume conventions
Here are our 10 resume commandments:
Check out our Real Estate Career Guide for even more information on crafting your real estate resume!