RESUMES FOR NEW GRADUATES
I remember when I graduated from college more than ten years ago. It was a scary time. I had student loans and no idea what kind of job I was going to get or even how to go about applying for one. Even though things have changed since then, many things remains the same when it comes to seeking a new job. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
First, you need a resume. The basics of the resume include, name and contact information. If you are planning to relocate, leaving your address off is not a terrible idea. Make sure you have an email address and your cell phone number so that employers can contact you.
Second, you must make sure there are no errors on your resume. There is nothing that will make you look less conscientious than having a resume full of errors. If you can’t even take the time to make sure your resume is perfect, what will your quality of work be?
Resumes for new graduates should definitely highlight education. Still, (and this is something you should probably have thought of a long time before writing your resume) any volunteer experience, internship, thesis, or major projects can also be added to your resume. Many employers will give new grads credit for experience, even if it wasn’t a paid position. This could even allow you to use a few more keywords from the job announcement within in your resume.
While the resume is definitely important, it won’t make any difference if you bomb the interview. Make sure to brush up on your interview skills. There are many ways you can practice this. With the predominance of cell phones with quality recording applications, it would be very easy to record yourself during a mock interview. This will give you the opportunity to see if you have any strange nervous habits or behaviors. You may also become aware of any “ands”, “ahs”, or “ums”.
In today’s high tech world, employers definitely want to see a candidate’s LinkedIn profile. They are fairly easy to create, but please make sure you have a professional photo. When you scroll through LinkedIn, it should be quickly obvious which members have taken the time to submit a professional photo and who has not.
Lastly, remember that the best job search is not conducted at a computer, but through networking and reaching out to the people and businesses you hope to work for.