How to Create an Effective Resume for Students and Graduates

Don't worry if you have no formal work experience yet. Experience is lifelong, not "career-long".

If you are new to the job market and do not receive any calls, you might blame it on your lack of experience, but the truth can be a bit different. Companies do not search for a person with the most experience, but instead a person with the most relevant experience.

Even if you don't have the required experience in the working world, your experience may still include the problem-solving skills that they are looking for — just in different activities.

College and high school are excellent places to get these skills. A leadership role in school clubs or student organizations, jobs and classes from college, volunteer work, teams, committees, other extracurricular activities, internships, coursework, and participation in a fraternity are enough to show your potential.

The skills section is the second most crucial resume section after the experience section. Recruiters spend almost 70% of their time on both these sections, while allocating only 30% of their time to education and other parts.

Always target your experience and emphasize the most important skills. Just make sure that whatever you include can somehow be applied to that particular job position. Learn to target your resume, and you will succeed.

TIP: Depending on which type of job you are pursuing, ignore the part of the ad that says "2+ years' experience...". Companies might set this requirement simply to increase the likelihood that the candidate can solve tasks better.


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