Congratulations! You did it! Four years or more of hard work
and perseverance have paid off. You are now the proud owner
of a college degree. So what’s next for you? Getting a job
of course! In order to do that you will need to create a
resume. You might be wondering how you will create a resume
when you don’t have any information to put on a resume. Many
college graduates will have little to no relevant work
experience, making it difficult to fill the typical 1-2 page
resume; however this doesn’t mean that you have nothing to
Resumes for new or recent college graduates
follow the same rules as those for job seekers who have been
in the workforce for awhile. Therefore, you probably have
more information than you think to create your resume.
On a typical resume, education and training are usually
found at the end or bottom of the document; however, if you
are a new grad with little experience it makes sense to lead
with your educational information unless you have relevant
experience in the form of an internship or paid position.
Include any honors you may have received and list your GPA
if it is greater than 3.0. Emphasize any projects that you
were a part of and draw attention to the skills you needed
to have in order to complete the project. Any special
assignments, research, or field work could also be used to
demonstrate the value of your experience.
Just because you weren’t paid for work that you did doesn’t
make the experience you gained any less important. It is
perfectly acceptable to use the skills you gained doing
volunteer work, especially if they are transferrable skills
that could be used in the new position you are seeking. The
same goes for any groups or associations you belonged to
while you were in school. Highlight prominent roles you held
to show your leadership abilities, or draw attention to an
event that you helped organize to show your ability for
The most common resume format is a chronological resume.
This format works well for job seekers that have been
working for a number of years and have enough experience to
put in sequential order. For new college graduates a
functional resume format is usually the most beneficial.
With a functional resume you can highlight your skills and
abilities rather than your career history.
Many new college graduates will be targeting entry-level
positions. If you are finding it hard to land an entry level
position offer to
volunteer at an organization
desired industry. It’s a way to gain the experience you need
and also build network connections that may be able to
direct you to an open position. This volunteer experience
will provide you with valuable on the job training in
addition to an abundance of information to be included on
If you look hard enough you will be able to find information
for your resume that will leverage your skill set. Whether
it was gained at the local hamburger joint, through a
lucrative internship, or as the member of an industry
association, a close examination of your time during school
will result in the discovery a multitude of skills you may
not have even realized you possessed.