RESUME FORMAT: Fresh Graduates

Best format for FRESH GRADS

In case you don’t know, there is a generally accepted industry standard on resume page length. Ideally, it should be one page for every 10 years of experience. Given that you’re about to graduate and have just started working, you should really only have a one page resume.

A one page resume is not only more organized, but quickly helps a recruiter identify your key skills and shortlist you.

Don’t underestimate your skills just because you lack work experience. One technique you can try is breaking down the job into 5 different parts and see how you can reflect in your resume that you have covered some (or all) parts. This increases the relevance of your resume to a hiring manager significantly.

For example, if you are applying for a Administration Assistant role you can easily break it down to multiple parts like: 

Answering phone calls, schedule meetings, maintain contact lists, filling, making travel arrangements,….

Now, you can highlight your skills that complement the what the hiring manager is looking for! Just remember, your skills might get tested for proof of concept, so ALWAYS be honest with what you bring to the organization. 

A majority of employers out there want to see the difference you can make to their organization. Sadly, most freshers don’t account for this when they craft their resume or even while sending job applications.

From your volunteering experience to your internships, try to show what you did and the impact it made. Use exact numbers when possible. If you’ve taken relevant coursework, certifications – make sure you don’t miss these important details.

Proactively promoting your experience is often the most important factor to a positive assessment of your resume.

From typos to leaving out your biggest relevant strengths – there are a lot of reasons to perform a resume review. To do it perfectly, all you need is a resume format checklist that makes it easy for you to spot any mistakes.

  1. Spelling and grammar mistakes
  2. Inconsistent punctuation
  3. Broken website links
  4. Incorrect contact information
  5. Long or unclear sentences

To Summarise

1. One Page

Prospective employers know that you just graduated, so don’t try to make yourself look like something you’re not.

2. Education

Resumes of recent college graduates or workforce entrants should start with the college or university attended, degrees obtained, GPA and any academic honors.

3. Internship

List only the experiences you have had and the skills required for the job you are applying to. Don't exaggerate.

4. Activities

Be thoughtful about what extracurricular activities you include. Club participation or Volunteer work? How did that help you build the skills you have today?

5. K.I.S.

Keep it simple and pleasing to the eyes. Avoid graphics, icons and unnecessary images. Hiring managers don’t expect college graduate resumes to be jam-packed with a ton of details.

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Top Skills for a Student Resume

  1. Communication
  2. Teamwork
  3. Adaptability
  4. Punctuality
  5. Organization
  6. Flexibility
  7. Problem Solving Abilities
  8. Motivation
  9. Patience
  10. Persuasion