College Graduate Resume
Do you need help with your college graduate resume?
Based on a question posed on the "Ask a Resume Expert" page:
Question from Cara in NY: "I recently graduated college and do not have a lot of experience. Can I still keep relevant job courses from college and from my job?"
Our Response: Any time you write a resume, it is always important to focus all of your skills and achievements on the position you are seeking – and yes – any experience or knowledge gained at school or from jobs can be included, especially if they support your job objective.
When you are fresh out of college, it is not always an easy task to come up with relevant work experience or school-related activities that reflect the actual work you are attempting to obtain.
What do you do? Get creative.
If you have held any positions or offices in any clubs or organizations, use any and all knowledge or experience gained to strengthen your resume. If you volunteered your time at a church or other non-profit organization, utilize any experience or skills learned to further enhance your resume.
Think about everything you have done in the past 4-5 years and how those experiences might translate into
Look at this article about some of the Most Important Job Skills. Many of the skills listed are not skills that are obtained on the job. Figure out how you can incorporate into your resume "taking initiative" and "negotiation skills" or anything else listed on that page and you will be far ahead of your peers.
Another good read is this article titled, "Resumes for College Grads."
No matter how you approach it, writing a resume this early on in your career is going to involve some extra work. It will pay off, though.
Take a look at the various Resume Formats to see which one best fits with your needs. A functional resume format may have some advantages, but read through all of the material to make your own informed choice.
Congratulations on recently graduating from college and best of luck in your career.
If you are finished reading about the College Graduate Resume, you might find these Resume Templates helpful
Here is a caution about Resumes and Personal Web pages, too. Take note if you have a page on MySpace or a similar social website
If you want to Ask a Resume Expert, follow this link and fill out the form at the bottom of the page
If you would like more information about "How to Write a Professional Resume", the following book is a great resource:
It will show you exactly how to make an exceptional resume - professionally and quickly.
You'll also find some outstanding articles in the book which will help you with your cover letter and the interviewing process, too.
Since this book is sold as an e-book, you can print off as many copies of the worksheets and forms as you need to help you through the easy-to-follow steps.