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Posted April 09, 2016 by

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.

For more resume writing tips to benefit your job search, check out College Recruiter’s blog and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter.

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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 August 20, 2015 by

6 Tips to Create a Positive Online Presence ASAP

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The start of school is now upon us and it’s important for college juniors and seniors to represent themselves in the best light possible and gain some positive networking experiences well before they go off into the world of internships and careers. It’s essential for upperclassman to make sure they have built their online presence, especially on LinkedIn, long before graduation day. Students who don’t have a professional profile are less likely to get hired in a timely manner and more likely to have trouble paying back those hefty student loans. There are a few great ways students can update their online profile in just a few minutes. (more…)

Posted July 20, 2015 by

Paper Resumes Are So Last Century: How to Stand Out in the Job Hunt Today With a ‘Not-Com’ Domain

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Competition for jobs and internships can be fierce, especially among millennials. Despite improvement in the job market, the unemployment rate is at 14 percent for 18- to 29-year-olds.

Ouch.

So how do you stand out from this crowded field of job seekers?

Talent and tenacity aside, your digital brand is paramount. Gone are the days of paper resumes and phone calls to prospective employers. It’s all about how you present your resume and portfolio online. (more…)

Posted May 19, 2015 by

End-of-Year Checklist for College Juniors

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Seniors are already on their way to being done with college and are frantically looking for a job. However, college juniors are encouraged to create an end-of-year checklist for success so their senior year and graduation are easier. Advanced preparation is a key to success in today’s economic climate. Although graduation may seem a long time away, there are many things juniors can do to set themselves up for success upon graduation. (more…)

Posted April 24, 2015 by

5 most common mistakes of visual resumes

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Just because visual resumes are all the rage now, it doesn’t mean that the method is flawless. In fact, there are many things that can go wrong once you opt for showcasing your professional profile in this way. Here are five most common visual resume mistakes to watch out for when creating and sending out your crafted CV. (more…)

Posted October 27, 2014 by

The Most Effective Method to Compose a Resume Job Summary

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It is very essential to produce enthusiasm with a High-Affect Summary Explanation and declaration. Recruiting superiors are busy entities all over the world. It is certain that every single job posting may draw in a great attraction to many resumes. To get perceived, make the best profession summary proclamation. The objective of this area in your CV is to create a hard-hitting preliminary statement filled with your most looked for abilities, competencies, achievements and qualities. You could utilize the objective segment part in your resume to present your detailed career summary covering all the dominant and major areas of your expertise.

A resume without a summary or outline is like a body with no heart. Summary has a direct relationship with your resume. Well here are few steps to make a charming career summary for effective outcomes, when it’s lying beside many career resumes at a recruiter’s desk. (more…)

Posted August 18, 2014 by

How Social Networking Sites Are Recruiting Students

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In the 21st century social media sites are providing a way for employees to directly connect to high post employers. The extraordinary growth of social media platforms provides access to a large number of people who are looking for experienced and qualified people. Moreover, social media sites make it possible for job seekers to find out and contact a potential employer individually. However, if you are a college student and looking for a job for the first time in your life then you are at the right spot. Review the information provided below to know how social networking sites will land you on a perfect job. (more…)

Posted July 03, 2014 by

Should YOU Use The Job Title In Your Resume?

Jimmy Sweeney

Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

In a word, YES! Suppose an employer is in the market for a sales manager or a legal assistant or a registered nurse or a licensed carpenter. The most important words he or she will look for on a job seeker’s resume will be the job title.

So be sure to place the job title in the Summary Statement or Professional Profile of your resume in order to attract immediate attention. (more…)

Posted June 05, 2012 by

The Top of Your Resume: Objective or Professional Profile?

Jeffrey Metzger, Your Resume Consultant

Jeffrey Metzger, Your Resume Consultant

I’ll preface by acknowledging that there are as many opinions about this subject as there are resumes in circulation.  You will always need to do what’s best for you in your job search.

That said, my opinion and that of many career professionals is that an objective on a resume is an outdated and ineffective element. (more…)