Write a good Graduate Resume

Graduate CV tips

So you’ve had blast for the past 3 or 4 years at college and are now thinking about applying for a job. Of course you need to write a résumé but you might be a bit lost over what you should write. Perhaps your friends have even given you some advice. Here are some dos and don’ts for when you finally start writing that resume for that dream job or internship.

Do highlight your achievements

Especially if you are new to job searching you might be thinking that you don’t have any skills because, well you are young and inexperienced. Employers know this, otherwise they would not hire anybody for the same reason. If you have travelled a lot, write about where you went. If you speak or learnt a foreign language, write that down as well. There are many people out there who only speak English so this can be a great advantage. Even activities that you do often that you don’t think count like blogging or using Microsoft Excel count as skills that some people don’t necessarily have.

Do change your résumé for each job application

Some jobs and internships focus on some skills than others. Accounting and Finance companies pay attention to your Math scores, but a magazine may be more interested in what you wrote for the College paper.

Do talk to others

Especially if you don’t have any close friends or relatives involved in the industry that you are applying to it is worth reaching out to your careers department or upper classmen for advice about what to put on your CV. The more points of contact you have the better you will know what that employer is looking for on your résumé.

Don’t lie… ever!

If you are young and inexperienced you might be tempted to stretch the truth about something you did or didn’t do to get an edge over the bright sparks that you are up against. Here is a simple bit of advice: don’t. In truth the likelihood of your employer checking every little detail about you will probably never happen. The problem occurs if they do. If you say that you speak Spanish, then possibly your interviewer might ask something in Spanish. What you don’t want is that awkward moment when they realise you can’t speak Spanish. This will cause them to doubt other parts of your résumé and set up you as less than honest. Worse they may reject you if you want to try to apply again in the future

Don’t write long sentences!

This isn’t an essay. Most employers and recruiters just want an easy to read resume where they can find the information that they are looking for. Normally this is in the form of

  1. Full name, age and address
  2. Education
  3. Work experience (if you have any)
  4. Skills
  5. Hobbies and Interests
  6. References

If you can remember one thing about writing you resume it is to make it readable for the recruiter.  The recruiter has to read lots of resumes day in, day out so anything you do to make their life easier is more likely to get you invited to the next stage in your job application. Good luck!