The college graduate resume is one of the most important tools for a recent graduate. It could be the difference between getting that interview or sitting at home unemployed. Below are 5 tips for developing a powerful resume where employers will want to give you that interview after graduating college. A resume template will be included at the end of the article. Happy job hunting!
Keep. It. Short & Simple. One of the biggest mistakes you can make on your resume is to try and get fancy. Don’t include weird fonts. Times new roman,black font is what you should be using. And don’t try to include anything and everything you’ve done since you were four years old. Which leads me to point number 2.
2. Stay Focused.
The average resume is read (rather scanned) in less than ten seconds. So it’s important to catch your readers attention as quick as possible. Include only the information that is most pertinent to the individual company that you are submitting your resume. This means that you should have a different resume for each company that your applying to if you want to increase your odds of getting an interview. Keep a standard resume and tweak it for different company’s. The information that should be included in your college graduate resume is work history, education, skills and anything that is pertinent to the position. DO NOT INCLUDE anything else no matter how wonderfully awesome it is
3. Demonstrate Value.
Each company has a problem that they need solved. Show how you will solve that problem. Present yourself in such a way that they will feel that they have to hire you. A way to demonstrate this is show how you have solved other company’s problems or give a list of your achievements.
4. Sell Yourself.
Why should this company higher you rather than anybody else? You need to answer that question before you begin your job search. Once you have that answer you need to demonstrate it to the employer in the most compelling way through your resume.
5. Don’t strive for Perfection.
You could spend forever tweaking and changing your resume. But, the resume isn’t the make or break for getting a job. It is merely a tool. Put yourself out there and keep applying to positions. Don’t let constantly changing your resume from slowing down your job search.
With those 5 tips you should be able to build a powerful college graduate resume. If you need a template click on the link below. I wish you and all college grad the best of luck in your job search!