Writing a first resume (or graduate resume)


If you’re just out of school and want to know where to start, in writing your post-graduation resume, watch this! You’ll understand the strategy you can apply to make your resume better.

The big idea is: focus on what your reader is looking for.

As a recent graduate, you won’t have tons of work experience, but that doesn’t mean you should add filler — this is not the hot dog factory. Your resume doesn’t need big words, it needs substance. So don’t worry about having a short resume. It’s expected, in your case.

Instead of highlighting many accomplishments (like you’ll be doing in a couple of years), focus on quick impact. Think of your resume as a movie trailer. Packed with good stuff. Compelling!

The goal is to pack it with punches, to get an interview.

Hold back from putting too much. Aim for one page.

How do you structure your resume?

Contact info
Objective statement
Education
Experience

Then, an objective statement. That will also be different when you have more experience, later on. (It’s gonna be a summary instead). But for now, a crisp objective statement will give a taste of your whole resume to the reader.

Your objective statement is made of 3 parts: 1. Quality, 2. Training/education, 3. Job you want to do.

Examples:

- Dynamic business analyst looking for an entry position in a Fortune 500 company.

- Results-driven computer engineer looking for an entry-level position in web development.

After the objective statement comes your Education section. Obviously, the school, diplomas, etc. A good GPA can be shown in there, and you can also put relevant coursework. Scholarships, awards or internships (any way to show academic success) are very good – they show you went above the basic requirements. It demonstrates you have initiative and professionalism, which adds a lot to your resume.

If you feel like your resume lacks some punch, you can always get a reference letter from a professor, and include a quote from that letter on your resume, under a subtitle such as “Endorsement”.

Then comes the Experience section. You’ll have to move it up, later on in your career (maybe 3-4 years from now), when it has more substance. But still, if you can put accomplishments in there right now, instead of just roles and responsibilities, that will help you score more points. But don’t put too much that doesn’t pertain to the job you’re applying on.

Finally, a Computer Skills section is required. Even if you feel it goes without saying (Windows, MS Word, Powerpoint…). Don’t give them a silly reason to throw out your resume!

I hope these tips will help you improve your resume, to maximize your chances of getting job interviews. If there’s a question on your mind that’s not covered in the videos, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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