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5 resume writing tips for recent graduates

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Irrespective of the profession, when it comes to finding a suitable job, candidates need well written resumes to present themselves as the most suitable candidates in front of prospective employers. The document provides brief information about education, skills, and prior work experience candidates may possess. It is equally important for job seekers without making any discrimination on the basis of education, skills, experiences, and the nature of the job. It is necessary for individuals searching for senior positions or entry-level vacancies.

People have several misconceptions about resume writing, about including and excluding things, and formatting. Such misconceptions can be easily rectified after observing templates available on the web. But the real battle starts when new college graduates or individuals lacking the relevant job experience are writing resumes to brand themselves to employers. Nearly all new graduates start complaining that their resumes fail to create the right impression and are unable to help them to get a job interview call. 90% of the applicants think they are not being selected due to possessing zero or limited experience.

Although education and level of expertise matters to get good jobs with high status and to some extent, it is also a requirement for entry-level jobs. Obviously, no one will hire job seekers with inadequate and irrelevant education. Recent graduates might be experiencing the same situation. Despite possessing the relevant education and internship experiences, if grads are experiencing the same situation, they will actually need to recheck their resumes to know what they are missing.

Here are a few simple resume writing tips recent graduates have to keep in mind while creating their resumes to get internships or entry-level jobs in their relevant career fields.

1. Start with your personal information

Carefully, start by adding personal information like your full name, contact number, address, and an email address you check on a regular basis. Avoid misspelling these credentials, as they can be mistyped more frequently.

2. Write an effective objective statement

The career objective section is crucially important, and it should be added just after the contact credentials. In addition to placing it correctly, the objective must be very concise, covering the key components like the position you are applying for, the profession, and the most relevant skills. It enables your resume to stand out among the hundreds and thousands of resumes an employer might be sifting through.

3. Sensibly add educational information

Being recent graduates, the education section on their resumes is extremely important. Some candidates might not possess internship experience, and all they have are their degrees and certifications. Recruiters usually short-list candidates for entry-level and internship positions on the basis of their educational qualifications. Therefore, candidates must be very careful while adding and organizing educational information on their resumes. Start by adding the most recent degree and also mention the net GPA if it is three or more; don’t add the GPA if it is less than three. It’s better to mention the GPA of particular major if it is high enough. Don’t add unnecessary information about high school; instead, concentrate on current activities, work experiences, and accomplishments during college.

4. Consider adding the link of your professional profile

Although recent graduates are not classifying themselves into professional groups, they shouldn’t hesitate to create professional profiles on any of the suitable websites like LinkedIn. Grads are in the process of starting careers as professionals and should not underestimate themselves. Adding their professional profile links or portfolio links, in case they have made them during or after college, will portray a positive image of graduates’ personalities. It reveals they are eager to become professionals, and possess an innate love for specific career fields.

5. Use action verbs over pronouns

Don’t use first person or second person to describe yourself in a resume. Refrain using “I” or “me”. Also avoid using your name to talk about yourself in third person like “Anna is a fresh graduate” or “she is willing to join.” The best way to illustrate skills and accomplishments is using a few action verbs like created, developed, or managed under the heading of the department where someone might have worked. They give a natural tone to job seekers’ documents. Recruiters are well aware that candidates applying for entry-level jobs either don’t have work experience or that they lack the experience required to a vital job.

After considering these simple tips and tricks, recent graduates will be able to write effective resumes to obtain desirable entry-level jobs according to their educational qualifications.

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Author Bio: Jenessa Baxter is a Digital Marketer for Ultimate Recruitment Agency in Dubai. She writes about HR recruitment tips, leadership, HR management, and career consulting. Follow her on twitter @iamjenessabax

Posted October 07, 2014 by

Writing Your Next Resume? Omit This Information

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While you want to make the right first impression on your resume, you don’t need to share everything about yourself with a potential employer.  He or she will likely only glance at it for a number seconds, and if unimpressed, simply toss it aside.  In the following post, Michelle Joseph, a talent acquisition expert and CEO of PeopleFoundry, shares tips on creating the best professional resume by avoiding or taking off certain information. (more…)

Posted September 17, 2014 by

Recent Graduate, Some Do’s and Don’ts for Resumes When Applying for Jobs

As a recent graduate applying for jobs, there are certain things you should and should not do on your resume.  Find out what they are from an infographic in the following post.

Resume tips are like snowflakes… never any two exactly the same. And yet there are certain aspects of a resume that almost every one agrees on – like those outlined in this infographic from CollegeAtlas.org. And some of the advice you may never had heard before: 400 words total is just about right More than 6 to 7 bullet points per section

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Posted July 07, 2014 by

Trying to Find an Internship? When to Include an Objective on Your Resume

For anyone trying to find an internship, it may or may not be wise to include an objective on your resume depending on the situation.  Learn more in the following post.

Featured: Featured It’s hard to even think about fall internships – as we just started summer internships – but with the start of July comes the start of the search for the perfect fall internship. I got a note from a reader last night asking me when to include and when not to include an objective on her resume

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Posted April 22, 2014 by

Is Your Resume Prepared to Pursue Recent Graduate Jobs?

As you are preparing your resume for recent graduate jobs, make sure to keep these tips in mind from an infographic in the following post.

Your resume, despite all the flaws that come with a hiring system that depends on them, remains a key component of a successful job search. And yet not many of us are aware of the “ground rules” that come with writing a resume. This infographic from our friends at CollegeAtlas.

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Posted November 27, 2013 by

Applying to Jobs for Recent College Graduates? Make This Change to Your Resume

If you’re hoping to get one of those jobs for recent college graduates, then be sure to make one change to your resume.  Find out what it is in the following post.

Does your resume start with an objective statement? Or a description of what you’re looking for in your next job? If so, ask yourself why. Is the resume objective simply there because that’s what you’ve seen other people do? In truth most people start with a resume objective for this reason – they’ve

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Posted October 15, 2013 by

Can You Land an Entry Level Job with Your Resume? 15 Signs It Might Need a Professional Touch

In order to land an entry level job, you want to create a resume that leaves potential employers with a positive impression of you as a candidate.  If you’re having trouble finding employment, it might be time to get a professional touch on your resume.  Learn 15 signs why in the following post.

Many clients come to me, exasperated and at wits end. They’ve been sending out resumes for months, they say, and “not hearing back.” Then when I look at their resume, I think, “Oh why didn’t you find help sooner!” If you’re wavering about

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Posted October 28, 2011 by

Is It Time to Retire the Old Resume and Start Fresh?

Everyone has something they consider “tried and true” that has provided them with consistent results every time. For some job seekers, that something is their resume. It’s possible that, 10 years ago, when they conducted their previous job searches, it worked wonders in scoring a lot of interviews. But these days, after initiating a new job search, it just doesn’t seem to get the same results.

Are you in this position? Do you have a resume that meant the world to you in the past but now isn’t raking in the interview calls? It may be time to retire the old resume and start with something fresh. Here are some ways to help you get this done (more…)

Posted October 28, 2011 by

Let Your Resume Show Prospective Employers That You’re Truly Invested

A common problem that employers have with job-seekers’ resumes is that they fail to show how interested the candidate is in working for the specific company. Instead, organizations often receive resumes offering a long, detailed list of everything the candidate has accomplished but no real explanation of how these accomplishments can help the company.

If you want to impress employers with your resume, it’s a good idea to make a couple of adjustments to shift its focus. By proving that you’re truly invested in the organization’s mission through your prior experience, you gain a leg up on your competition. (more…)

Posted October 14, 2006 by

Objective statements

In my opinion, writing a resume is the hardest part of an entry-level job search. The hardest part of writing a resume is getting past that objective statement. I find that an objective statement is hardest to write for entry-level job seekers because we don’t have the experience or the direction that more seasoned job seekers possess.
One mistake that I’ve made on numerous occasions is that my objective statement is too general. Having a very specific objective statement is very important. If your objective statement is too general employers will stop reading. Use the job title that you’re applying for in your objective statement, it will help to lead into a short description of your skills. Using your objective statement to emphasize a certain position can open a platform for a discussion of the skills that you possess and intend to utilize in that particular position.

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