How to Make an Effective Resume for Students and Graduates

Don't worry if you have no official work experience yet. An experience is life-long, not career-long.

If you are new to the job market and do not receive any calls, you might blame your lack of practice, but the truth can actually be a bit different. Companies do not search for a person with the most experience but 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 they are looking for — just in the different activities.

College and high school are great 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/or participation in a fraternity are enough to show your potential.

Skills section is the second most important resume section after the experience. Recruiters spend almost 70% of their time on both of these sections while giving only 30% of their time for education and other sections.

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

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

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