By Poyen Ramos on May 5, 2016
Writing a resume is already quite a challenge, what more if you're looking to apply to fresh grad jobs, and you only have your education to work with? This has been a frustration for fresh grads for the longest time. And even if you feel like you're qualified for the job, your resume will still be the first thing that introduces you to your potential employers before they call for an interview.
So before you submit it to HR, click send, or upload it to job portals, make sure it's strong enough to impress the recruiters, even with the little work experience you have.
Where do we begin?
1. Name and contact information
Of course, your resume should have your name, location, and contact information (landline/mobile number, email address) at the top of the document. Also, if you have a online portfolio or a professional profile, you could include the link to that website in this portion.
2. Career objective
As a fresh graduate with very little experience, your objective is an important section of the resume. Its main purpose is to get the immediate attention of the recruiter. However, this part should be short and concise and should emphasize what skills, knowledge, and abilities you have that will help the company achieve its goals. Remember, every company has different goals, so your objective should be tailored fit for every job application you're applying for.
Divide your paragraph in three short sentences:
- Mention your degree and years of work experience (if you have any)
- Describe your strongest provable traits
- Emphasize your abilities that will help in achieving company goals
While most professional resumes continue with work experience, a college graduate's resume should begin with your highest educational attainment. Recruiters first check if a candidate meets the certain job requirements, and such requirements may often be your degree.
Begin with the most recent academic qualification coming first, and earliest ones last. Mention your GPA to strengthen the chances of getting noticed. Include only your relevant educational attainment (college degree, masters, and/or short-courses).
4. Work experience
You might be wondering why this section exists in an article that clearly states to having no work experience. Well, your internships, part-time jobs, or volunteer experiences are already work experiences and have been crucial to you as you’ve developed professionally. This is where you place them.
Write down the most recent job on your list down to the earliest. Mention the company, your position, how long you rendered in that job. The important key here is mentioning the details, so highlight your responsibilities, and what you've achieved during your stay there.
5. Skills and Knowledge
This section should be a bulleted listing of your skills and knowledge that supports the achievements highlighted in the experience section.
Other sections you may want to include:
These are the basic necessities you need to include in your resume, however, do not limit yourselves with just this. You may add other sections such as Awards, Leadership Activities, Educational Honors, Certifications, and Professional Licenses if you have any.
Here's a concrete sample of a recent graduate's resume: