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5 Tips on How to Write, a Better Fresh Graduate Resume / CV

Posted on Mon 21st Oct, 2013 - --- (3 comments)

Writing the resume and cover letter is one step in what can be an overwhelming job search process, but it creates the first impression that will lead you to your desired position. A poorly written resume will only find its place in the trash; a well-written resume can land you an interview, and then, a job.

Applying for any job with little or no work experience requires adaptability and meticulous preparation on your part. How well you prepare and how adaptable you are, will always reflect on your resume.

As a fresh graduate without work experience, you have a challenge writing a resume, when you have nothing but education to work with. What you need is dedicated job research and customizing each resume for a chance at producing a persuasive marketing tool.

No matter how qualified and confident you may be for a job, it is your resume that first introduce you to your potential employer; hence, the need to give your fresh graduate resume some serious work before putting it out.

 5 Tips  on How to Write, a Better Fresh Graduate Resume / CV

If you are a fresh graduate without work experience, here are tips to show you resume boosters and samples of fresh graduate resume to help you create a unique fresh graduate resume.

1.) Your First Step         

Your first step is to open your word document (or a plain sheet of paper) and write a multiple-page template resume that includes familiar requirements for your target career field. Your resume format is your multi-purpose resume, containing any and every specific and general information about you, which you can tweak to suit every job you apply to; and should reflect your qualifications in your target field(s).
You will customize your follow-up resume to reply to specific job positions. Take care to match requirements with your qualifications in your opening skills summary and throughout your resume. Copied from:

2.) Tweak your Fresh Graduate resume for every Job Application

I’ve said that before, but need to reemphasize; one complete resume cannot match every job you want to apply. A valuable skill for one job position may be a disadvantage for another. For instance, if you are good at sitting at a computer for 15 hours a day; that may be a good for a programming job but a resume killer for a marketing job. Ensure to customise your CV/resume for every job application. Research the company you are applying to, and work your resume as best as you can to fit into the companies need.

3.) Evaluate Your School Experience

Don’t overlook little events that shows experience in accepting responsibility and demonstrate reliability. Consider the following factors to identify the experience and skills you garnered in higher institution and match your information with the job you hope to land:
  • Work: Internships, summer jobs, part-time jobs, campus jobs, entrepreneurial jobs, temporary work, and volunteer work.
  • Sports: Proven ability to achieve goals in a team environment.
  • Awards and honors Copied:
  • Research papers and projects
  • Campus leadership
  • Grade Point Average (GPA): If it’s 3.0 or above; otherwise, omit it (some advisers set the GPA floor at 3.5).
  • Technical skills and software facility
  • Concerning student jobs, one technique to make the most of your experience is to separate your jobs into fragments and explain them. For example, don’t say that your job title was “office help” or “office clerk” and stop there. Instead, do this: (a.) Divide your job into functions. Some examples: telephone reception, telephone sales, social media sales, contract negotiations, purchasing, inventory, staff training, computer application training, Web design, public speaking, and written communications. (b.) Describe each function in terms of your accomplishments and their outcomes.
4.) Make Your Aim Clear

If you use an objective statement, make it clear. Don’t use illogical statements, like this one:
Seeking a challenging position that will allow me to actualize my talents in saving the world, with good potential for professional growth and pay commensurate with my ability.
Instead, cut to the chase, like this:
Research position in product marketing field in Abuja
You can add a summary, too. Copied from:

5.) Get Rid of Unsupportive Information

Don’t fatten your portfolio with irrelevant data or pictures. Include an activity only if it reveals skills, competencies, accomplishments, results, or other qualification to support your intended job.
If an exhaustive search of your hobbies, campus activities, or community service turns up absolutely nothing worth putting on your resume, your education must carry the entire weight of candidacy for employment.

See also:
5 Tips  on How to Write, a Better Fresh Graduate Resume / CV

Top 10 CV Mistakes Graduates Make and Ways To Avoid Them

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Comments (3)

No. 1
Posted on Mon 21st Oct, 2013 11:23:35 GMT by Ike Ihuoma

It will be appreciated if more jobs on Project Management are made available for us to apply through this medium
No. 2
Posted on Wed 30th Oct, 2013 16:02:46 GMT by Frederick Usifoh

This is a nice job for real
No. 3
Posted on Sat 17th May, 2014 14:35:20 GMT by Amune Ibrahim

This is a very good,extensive and an eye opener to issues of writing a CV...very simple to comprehend at the same time in details. Nice job.I find it helpful as a fresh graduate of political science without a working experience.
No. 4
Posted on Fri 28th Nov, 2014 08:28:30 GMT by benson Innocent

pls Show me letter writing

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