If you are recently graduated and don’t know how to write your Grad Resume then this is the article for you. Keep reading till the end to find out what are those 14 reasons that can make your recent college grad Resume a perfect one.
1. Professional-looking email address
For a professional world, funny email addresses will not be going to help you at all and it is certainly not the best choice to represent you and your professional brand as well. You need to set up a professional- looking email address and that needs to be reserved for your job related activities only.
2. Includes a customized link of LinkedIn profile
LinkedIn is certainly a great place that can help you to build a professional brand of yours. Through LinkedIn, you can easily build yourself professionally by making connections. Recruiters expect you to be on this platform. According to the latest survey, there are 90% plus employers who use LinkedIn to search the potential candidates. You need to add your LinkedIn profile link in your resume. Your link must be at top of your resume. Do a little more and customize the URL of your LinkedIn profile that needs to match your brand.
3. The professional summary isn’t full of fluff
A well-written summary with some buzzwords such as self-starter and ambitious will be an extra element to your resume. Employers will not be going to impress as they know that these words are purely bluff. No need to mention the word Great team player instead elaborate them on how well you served a committee to raise money for a lacrosse team or how you received an appreciation award during the time period of your internship.
4. Optimize resume with relevant keywords
Your resume is the first thing that will be going to pass more than gatekeepers before it goes in the hands of the manager. Go through the job listings in which you are more interested and identify the phrases and key terms most used. If you share the same skills, industry or processes. Then make sure to add them in your resume. You can also add a section for competencies and work experience as well.
5. There aren’t any mentions of high school
Employers want to know what you have done previously and make sure that you have mentioned your activities, accomplishments, and experience during your college time and adding all those things which can be helpful in highlighting your goals.
6. List GPA
If this is your entry level resume then list GPA if it is 3.0/4.0 or higher. From your overall GPA’s if the GPA in your major is higher than you can add that. Keep this thing in mind that if you did not mention your GPA in your resume then employers may ask you about it during the time of interview.
If you have an experience of internship that is quite relevant to your degree than you can mention instead of your coursework. Employers are not interested in the stuff that you have learned in your classrooms. But if you don’t have any internship experience to mention then you can list down the courses that you have took that are somehow relevant to the job as it will show the hiring managers you similarity with courses.
8. Play up your selling points
The format of this resume will totally depend on the information that you have to work with. If you any experience that you can show on your resume, highlight that below the professional resume and qualification section. If you don’t have any experience to show on your resume that you can the information of courses that you learned in your majors or the project on which you participated, any type of certification, or participation in extra-curricular activities that can highlight your leadership skills. You can add information from any of these if you have no internship experience to add on your resume.
9. Each employer has a company description
When highlighting your internship experience don’t forget to mention better knowledge of industries and work environment that you were previously exposed to. If you are running out of space then eliminate some information that you think is quite irrelevant to the job.
10. Bullet the most important information
Always use bullets to highlight some important points. These points may be accomplishments or any type of other contributions.
11. Use action verbs to describe the experience
When you are recently graduated and applying for a job then you might don’t have any solid experience to mention on your resume so in that case always use action verbs such as improved, managed, led, created, etc. to describe your activities.
12. Provide extracurricular activities and honors
As this is your first resume after college so you must add your best selling points. If there is any project, scholarships, any other honor, or extra-curricular activity in which you performed during your college time. You must highlight that in your resume.
13. List the relevant skills
Go through the job descriptions in which you are more interested and note what are the technical skills that the employer wants. It can be anything either it is proficiency in any particular language, or any valuable skills etc.
If you have any working knowledge of any of these platforms you can add that in your resume. If you see any particular skill or tool in most of the job description then try to learn that skill or program through online courses as there are many sites which provide online courses such as Lynda.com and SkillShare etc.
14. No need to mention references
As this is your entry level resume so you only get a page to show all of the important things so do not waste it on adding the common phrase “References available upon request.” Employers are not interested in this reference line on your resume they may ask you about it during the interview.
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