How to Create a Resume for Recent College Graduates

Posted on May, 30, 2024 by

Looking for a job after college graduation can be overwhelming.  There are just so many things to consider, it’s hard to know where to start.  Since a resume is needed to apply for all jobs, let’s start there.

Developing a resume as a recent college graduate can be challenging because there is usually not much in the way of professional experience.  As a result, it is common to try to fluff up any experience to make them sound more relevant than they really were.  I once received a resume that described their current job as a food designer with experience in client relations. In reality, the person made sandwiches and worked the register at a popular fast-food chain.  

Instead, highlight your education, internships, volunteer work, and any relevant projects. Use action verbs and quantify your achievements whenever possible. For example, if you completed a marketing internship, instead of saying “Worked on marketing projects,” say “Developed a social media strategy that increased engagement by 30% over three months.” But, only make claims that you can back up.

Resumes that get noticed: 

  • Are tailored for the job you are seeking
  • Are well formatted and easy to read
  • Elaborate experience that specifically relates to the job
  • Use bullet points rather than paragraphs
  • Include transferrable skills that match the job requirements
  • Are one full page
  • Include scholarships, awards, leadership positions (clubs, fraternities/sororities)

Don’t include:

  • References 
  • High school information
  • Summer jobs while in high school
  • GPA (exception if made dean’s list)

Make sure:

  • There are no typos or spelling mistakes
  • Your grammar is professional
  • To have someone else proofread it

Would you like some resume advice from a professional?  We are offering a free resume review and consultation for the first 20 people who respond! Just email with “resume review” in the subject. 

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