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How to Find Your First Job: Resume Tips for Recent Grads

Graduating from college is an exciting time and one that opens up a whole new world for you. But you might feel like you’re never going to get a job. After all, you may not have had time for anything more than part-time work and many recent college grads have only worked in restaurants or […]


Graduating from college is an exciting time and one that opens up a whole new world for you. But you might feel like you’re never going to get a job. After all, you may not have had time for anything more than part-time work and many recent college grads have only worked in restaurants or bars. It might seem hopeless, but there are quite a few great tips from resume writing service Resumeble that allow you to create a diverse resume that stands out to potential employers. Use these tried and tested tips and you’ll be well on your way to your dream job in no time at all. 

Include a Career Objective

Chances are you know exactly what kind of position you want and in what industry. Your resume should include this career objective close to the top in a very specific way. For example, you might say “entry level case management position in the social work field.” This works much better than something vague like, “a well-paying position in an established company.”

Include School Information

You might not have a long history of employment, but you certainly have some recent college-related information that you can include on your resume. Include the school you graduated from, your major, any honors you received and your grade point average if it was high. You can also include your affiliation with sororities or fraternities, any clubs or sports you played, and you might also include any specific courses you took that relates to the job you’re seeking.

Coursework Outside Your Major

If you have additional coursework that would make you stand out as a candidate. For example, if you majored in history, but also took some psychology courses and are going to a counselor position, be sure you list the classes that will help you get the job.

Cast Past Jobs in the Right Light

You may not have had a similar job in the past, but you can probably transfer some of the skills to the job you’re applying for. For example, if you were a nanny, you can include skills like providing healthy food, managing children in a certain age range and can even say you ran a childcare business if you cared for children for more than one family. A waitressing job offers personal interaction skills, multitasking and problem-solving. 

Be Specific

A resume that is specific rather than vague and general has a better chance of being noticed. If you really want to get an interview, make sure you use as many details as you can outlining your experience, studies and the other things you bring to the position. Make sure you use active verbs because it keeps you from looking as if you aren’t not engaging in important skills anymore. 

While it’s important to be inclusive and detailed when you create your resume, make sure it’s not too long because employers don’t always have the time to read pages of material when they want to set up an interview. Good luck!

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