Resume Writing for College Graduates

By Carla Vaughan

Do you want to know how to make resume writing for college graduates easier?

Beginning life outside of college might seem like a challenge, and it might be a little bit scary at times. However, there are some things that you can do to make life after college even better - and to make sure that you can be just as successful as your new degree and your own ambitions will allow you to be. One of these things is to make sure that you have a perfect resume before you set out on the job hunt.

Remember that a resume is really a tool for self-marketing. It is something that is designed with one purpose -to "sell" yourself. With your resume, you are selling your skills, your knowledge, and your experience to an employer, and you want to make them so interested in you that they will want to "buy" what you are selling. How do they "buy"? They follow your sales lead by asking you in for an interview. An interview is the time where you'll really get to impress them face to face, but in order to get that far, you have to be able to sell yourself with the resume first.

Don't be worried that you have little experience. Yes, as a college graduate you are probably not going to have a lot of experience when it comes to the job market. The jobs that you have had will probably not be the kind of jobs that you are looking for in your future, and you might not think that they have a lot to offer your prospective employer. However, you should highlight any college experience that you have had - paid or not - that relate to your job objective.

Remember, a great resume should be like that perfect puzzle piece. An employer is going to have a hole in his business - with needs and requirements that have to be filled. Your resume should show your employer that you can fit perfectly into the spot that he has open. Your resume should speak directly to the employer's needs and the requirements for which he's looking. Show the employer that what you have to offer matches what he needs. A great way to begin this is to understand what the company needs, and then highlight those needs in your resume and in your cover letter.

Another important tip is for you to focus on your accomplishments more than on the tasks and responsibilities that you might have had. Of course, you should put those in, but employers want to see how you have achieved things. They also want to see the initiative that you have taken, as well as any leadership qualities that you might have.

Remember, your resume should always be factual, and it should be readable. It should be tailored to the position that you are seeking, which means that you might have to make changes to it as you apply for different jobs. It should describe the experience that you have had, as well as the achievements that you have made, and it should be designed in order to create a positive response.

All resumes that are well-written have a few general characteristics in common. They are well organized, are made on quality paper, and make good use of any white space that might be found there. They also focus on your strengths and bring them to life. They give the most important information first.

Just because you are new to the job scene doesn't mean you won't end up at the top of the list of great candidates employers want to interview. Make that resume glow with your skills, experience and accomplishments. The work will be SO worth it.

Carla Vaughan is the owner of, a web site devoted to assisting candidates in the job-search process. She holds a B.S. in Business from Southern Illinois University and has authored several books. She is currently working on a Master's Degree at Texas A&M University.

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