Soon-to-Be Graduate Resume
Writing a resume is much more difficult than it was 10 years ago. The competition on the jobs market is tough and candidates strive to adjust their applications as much as they can to stand out among the crowd of others. However, in this article we are not going to dwell on how important it is to highlight your overview of qualifications section or how to tweak your experience to make sure your resume gets noticed by the hiring authorities. This time we are going to share some recommendations on how to develop a resume having no work experience. Those studying in colleges have as much of the hard time as experienced managers do when they try to create an effective resume.
“How to Write a Resume if I am a Student?”
Soon-to-be graduates have a bunch of challenges to overcome as they work on their application package. The first one is to decide what kind of information one can include and what data to leave out. This is especially important considering that a student doesn’t have much experience and skills to show off. At the same time, no one wants to submit a half page resume in hopes it will miraculously be selected by hiring managers. The main question then is how to organize information and highlight skills in a way so that employers would invite you to an interview meeting?
Contact information. No matter whether you are a seasoned professional or soon-to-be graduate with no experience, you still have to clearly communicate your name, address, phone number and email. This should be the very first information the hiring manager comes across. Therefore, placing it on the top of the first page is important.
Education. Many students believe this is all they have and as a result they try to be as detailed as they possibly can by listing all attended courses, honors, awards, and scholarships. While education is important, it doesn’t have to list all of the details. Name of the educational establishment, degree, and graduation date is enough.
Experience. Because students usually haven’t worked anywhere before, they choose to skip this section (which is a big mistake). When we say “experience” what we mean is things you did in real life even if you weren’t paid. Volunteering, internships, certain hobbies, events you participated in – all of these things can be a decent substitute for professional employment you didn’t have a chance to have.
Skills. This is the section where most job seekers resume cliches, like “excellent communication skills”, “planning” or “flexibility”. Don’t try to copy everybody else. List technical skills you’ve got as well as software you are proficient in. Things like, social media marketing, Photoshop or other software can make a difference.