Finally, you’ve reached another milestone in life – you have fulfilled your dream of graduating and now it’s time to put what you’ve learned into action. Yes, the reality comes in and it is your time to shine!
As the market progresses, so should your skills and experiences. Fresh graduates are always welcome and have a special place in the market. However, with approximately 600,000 college students graduating each school year, you’ve got to be sure, you are a perfect fit for every job you you’re your application to. You can make it happen by presenting a well-thought fresh graduate resume. Let me walk you through with this resume writing guide for 10 effective do’s and don’ts every fresh graduate should know.
Creating an Outstanding Objective
- Do create an objective that showcases everything right off the bat. If you apply online, the first thing recruiters do, is filter details and check your possible contribution to the company. It is a must to display ingenuity.
- Do not write a novel-like objective, as it would appear unbelievable. Recruiters like to read a concise resume rather than 3-5 pages but no sense at all.
Writing Accurate Information
- Do proofread your resume as many times as you can. Simple mistakes in spelling, grammatical and/or typographical errors show inaccuracy on your part – which is not a good start.
- Do not write irrelevant information such as parent’s employment history or any family-related details. You are the one applying for a job not your parents.
Transparency and Clarity
- While it is fun to try other fonts, writing with the standard format is always the best. Do present it in a clear manner that every recruiter can read and understand. Minimize the clutter in a clear and concise content.
- Do not lie. Honesty is indeed the best policy. Be transparent by letting them know what you can do. Do not be afraid if you have a one-page According to an HR Director, whose name is undisclosed, shared that she’d rather hire someone who has nothing but an objective and contact details, as it shows transparency rather than a two-pager from a newly graduate.
Highlighting Achievements and Skills
- Do consider this if you think your skills and achievements matter to the company. Recruiters are extremely particular with intrapersonal skills like reliability, leadership skills, keen in details, has great initiative and the list goes on. If you are going to add irrelevant skills in your resume, think twice or just don’t include them anymore.
- Don’t highlight the ones that happened 10 years ago. A resume is definitely not an autobiography. It is not the right place to introduce the highlights of your childhood and grade school achievements. Recruiters and employers always opt to see the most recent ones.
Provide Personal and Work Character Referees
- Although, basically everyone (or everything) is available online, DO give actual names and contact information for future references. Future employers and recruiters take their time in reaching out to these people to validate their instincts.
- Do not fail them by saying “Character reference available upon request.” Employers and recruiters probably won’t waste time to do that, as it looks unethical.
Preparing a fresh graduate resume is as tedious as searching a possible candidate, so make an impression that would last a minute. A profound resume speaks for yourself and could leave a trademark to your future endeavors. So, what’s the holdup? Start writing one now with these resume tips!
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