Just out of college and looking for a job? are you? Well, that first job and before it that first resume! Worried? Struggling? Don’t worry you are not the first one. Many students worry that they don’t possess enough experience to create a compelling resume. However, don’t worry. There are many ways to emphasize your skills and experiences even if this is your first job. The same is the case for each one of us. However, we are here for you with some noteworthy tips.
Be crystal clear on your Goal in mind
Your resume is to successfully get you an interview, not a job! You must keep in mind that your employer will screen your resume for just 15-20 seconds. This is all the time your resume has, to make an impact!
Before you begin to write your resume, there are a few steps. Always keep in mind that your goal for writing this resume is to show the employer that you are a strong contender for the job, and that you will add weightage to the company. You are not just a fresher looking desperately for a job but will prove to be a gem, a requirement for them.
Now, to carry this out successfully, you must know what potential employers are looking for. Research job postings that interest you. Then, list down the keywords you find in the job listings, some frequently mentioned skills/ requirements. So, you have an idea on what you have to focus upon in your resume and what would impress the employer.
Ask experienced professionals, discuss with people in this field what they consider important when they make hiring decisions. Also refer to publications and websites related to your target industry. This will make your resume making process far more convenient and quicker.
Here is all that you must include and the order of the same-
A proper header containing your identity
A professional resume must contain the objective of a candidate. This means that you have to express your views. Also, about how you can contribute to the success of the firm.
Be short, assertive, specific and crisp.
Do not cover more than 3 lines or simply 15-20 words.
Your objective must include the following:
1. Position desired
2. Functional area
3. Industry desired
It will be different for each role you apply to. Remember that objective is not about what you desire from the company rather it’s about the company’s need.
Write all qualifications right from class 10 till present. Make sure that you mention all your qualifications in a reverse chronological order. i.e. the latest on top.
You may write them in tabular format. Remember, your education is your greatest asset. So, place a section named “Education” towards the top of the sheet. Do not hesitate in highlighting all your achievements.
- You must cover up the following points-
1.The school you went to.
2. The degree you received
3.Your high GPA.
4.If you have studied abroad.
5. If you were a topper or medalist.
For Undergraduate – mention college name, University Name, years of study, Degree & Specialization, Marks/ GPA.
Highlight all of them.
Projects, internships, experience–
This section will include Projects, Internships, Training, Part-time jobs, Volunteering. You may also mention starting up a company and other initiatives from your side. This portion is a critical component of your resume. This will reflect your real potential.
You can include some of the following sub-headings –
project name,your role, Company Name, 1-2 line description. Do not forget to mention the time period. It is a must. The entries must be in a reverse-chronological order. Be very specific and crisp.accomplished.
Now, being a fresher, you have limited work experience, but you may have plenty of other experiences.
You may include some below mentioned information under – “Related Experience” or a similar category.
- Clubs you have participated in.
- Internships you have held.
- Volunteer positions you have worked for.
Don’t write stories. Be short and to the point. Drop out on whatever is irrelevant. Emphasize those things that demonstrate your potentials, your value to the company.
Do not mention hobbies or experiences unless they are connected to the job.
Just below experience, you can list the responsibilities you held as well as some of your outshining achievements.
Before you started off, you had put down a list of keywords, the common skills and requirements for the job. Use some of them keywords throughout your resume. This will reflect that you are a good fit for the job.
Group activities reflect your capability of working with a set team. In addition to this it also shows your keen interest in giving something back to the society. It surely leaves a positive impression.
This may include-
- Date of birth,
- Father’s name,
- Phone number and
- Email id
- Contact information.
Make sure you consistently represent your name on all your personal branding materials like your business cards, LinkedIn profile, and online portfolio/ blog.
Give one email address and a phone number on your resume.
- Online presence
A Job social recruiting survey discovered that 93 percent of recruiters search for your online profiles. So, save them little time, include the URL to your LinkedIn profile. You can also include a personal website, portfolio, or blog or other social media accounts such as Twitter, Instagram, and so forth.
Language skills are often a great selling point on your resume. If you’re multilingual, list each and every language you speak. You may also mention your proficiency level.
This is one such area where you can brag and brag but to a certain level. Be assertive. Mention all that you can or have done in the past. For e.g.- Ability to make a strong and healthy relation among the employees.
An effective communicator with excellent interpersonal, logical thinking & analytical abilities etc.
Do not write more than 5-6 lines. This is maximum. Do not write stories. It is effective if your assertions have some evidences from the past.
Awards and Groups
If you have won certain awards and trophies, do mention about them.
Do not forget to include if you are working or have worked with some organisation, non-profit ones, or some social group working for certain social cause.
Be short and to the point
If this is your first resume, you don’t have a lot of information to include. So, restrict your resume to one page. Fill the whole page. It should not appear too blank as if you have very little to tell about yourself.
Make sure you thoroughly proofread your resume before sending it. Spelling and grammar errors are simply intolerable. Check out for any inconsistencies in format (such as using different styles of bullet points).
Design and layout
The resume design is just as important as content. The employer takes less than 20 seconds to make a decision. Your resume should be eye-catching and easy as well.
Using a template makes it easier to create your resume beautifully. It saves time and reduces formatting errors. Some resume templates are available through Microsoft Word and Google Docs.
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