Graduation can be a hectic whirlwind of moments for students. You’ve gotten through your years of schooling, passed with flying colours and then in a flash, you’re out of school and diving head first into the job market. It can be a bit daunting, especially if you don’t have much previous career experience, but having a great resume will certainly help you get a leg up. So what are some tips for new graduates for crafting an excellent, attention grabbing resume? Well luckily for you, we’ve rounded up some of the best ones in this post!
Less Is More
While it’s tempting to try and squeeze all of your experience and qualifications into your resume, one full page is usually sufficient and two pages is the max. Any longer than this and the employer can be sure that you’re not just including relevant job or educational experience, which is what a resume is meant to do. Keep it short and simple, using bullet points and short phrases when you can. Don’t overload your resume with clubs you were in during high school or volunteer work that has no relevance to the position. Just focus on the skills and knowledge that apply to the position, and put your best foot forward.
Have an Objective
Don’t just have one, standard resume that you send out everywhere. Not only is it lazy, but it’s selling yourself short. You should be able to focus on what skills and experience you have that will suit each and every job you apply for and tailor your resume accordingly. When applying for a creative tech role, highlight the applicable skills acquired in 3D animation colleges, backing it up with relevant volunteer and work experience. Each and every resume you draft should be unique and should send the message that you’re applying for this job, and this job only. Including your intentions and your goal at the top, such as “seeking employment in police foundations,” with information about the skills and internships from your police foundations training, demonstrating that you’re goal oriented.
References are Essential
Having great references you’re able to rely on and list on your resume shows you’re that much more prepared and professional. If you really want to go the extra mile, having different references that apply to your various resumes is also a great idea. Though this does involve a lot of extra work in forging those connections, it’s ultimately well worth it. If you did well in your radio/tv broadcaster courses, see if you can get a reference that will help you when applying for jobs involving presentations or public speaking.
The most important thing to remember when writing a resume is to keep it concise and focused. In the modern age, people take less and less time to decide whether or not to hire you, so a long and rambling resume is sure to deter them.