Writing a resume for the first time is quite difficult
especially for newly graduates. The pressure of creating a good resume is very
high because everyone wants to be in the position that they applied. Nowadays,
because of high turn around of graduates compared to the available jobs to be
filled in, it is not easy for fresh graduates to find work at once. Pressure is
even heavy because some companies are quite hesitant to accept applicants
without work experiences. Further more, there are some companies who had
preferences to applicants that come from well-known colleges or universities.
However, majority of newly graduates do not really have any work backgrounds
because there are some courses that offer internship as optional requirement and
many others totally exclude internship in its curriculum.
For these reasons, applying for an internship or on-the-job training during
college breaks is quite valuable and will help you in creating a comprehensive
resume right after graduation. Graduates may also opt to find short-term
internship right after graduating if they want to have some edge over their
fellow graduates. These job trainings are often considered as valid work
But for those graduates who do not have a chance to work during their college
days, creating a good and impressive resume is the key to grab the employer's
attention along with the remarkable grades and scholastic achievements earned
during school days.
Begin your resume by creating your career objective. When writing an objective,
avoid bland or general description of your profession or skills. It must be
based to the actual description of your skills related on the job you are
applying for. Thus, you should prepare distinct objective to every position you
wish to apply.
It is not uncommon for first time applicants to include too many details on the
Personal Information section of their resume. Personal information like your
hobbies and interest are usually irrelevant in job applications. If the
interviewer wants to know more about you personally, it will be asked during
Another noticeable section in newly graduates' resume is their long list of
reference. Reference must not be listed on the resume. Prepare them separately
on another page and should only be presented when requested by the interviewer.
Functional Resume is the usual recommended resume format for newly graduates
because this format focused on the appropriate talent or skills of the
applicant. Length of resume depends on the list of achievements and work
experiences but for newly graduates, a two-page resume is recommended. Be
certain that all significant skills or experience related to the job you are
applying are all included. Make sure that your resume is free of error. Be
conscious about the punctuations, spelling and grammar. Keep your sentences
short and simple. Ask somebody to proof read your resume for any error that
might escape you visually.
Lastly, remember that a resume is a professional document. It is the passport to
your job. Print them using black ink in plain and good quality paper. Put your
name centered at the top and never present your resume in plastic slide folder.