A college graduate resume can be tricky – you’re no longer a student, but probably don’t feel quite like a professional yet! Here are 3 quick tips to help you craft the perfect resume, new graduate.
By: Daniel Lorenzo| Blog Manager at Let’s Eat, Grandma
Congratulations, college grad! You’ve worked hard and made your way through four wild years. Now you’re ready to get that big shiny piece of paper that says you read a lot of books and go change the world!
But amidst all the graduation parties, gifts from relatives, and seemingly never-ending Facebook pictures, one thing still lurks in the back of your mind, ready to spoil the fun:
Updating your resume.
Whether you have already have prospects or not, finding your first Big-Kid-Job™ out of college is going to be taxing. Getting your college graduate resume workplace-ready is a big, stressful part of that process – but it doesn’t have to be!
Let’s make sure your First Official College Graduate Resume is in perfect shape. When you’re revising your resume for each job you’re applying to, remember these 3 helpful tips, and you’ll be out of your parents’ place in no time.
3 COLLEGE GRADUATE RESUME TIPS
#1: Flex Your Education
As a recent graduate, your education is still the most impressive thing about you in employers’ eyes.
Make sure you flaunt it.
Unless you’ve somehow had six internships at Google, your education should take pride of place and go at the top of your resume.
Make sure your degree program, major(s), and any minors are clear. If you transferred, only list the school you earned a degree from.
Whether or not to list your GPA as part of your education is a debated topic.
As with everything resume-related, there’s no black-and-white answer on whether you should or shouldn’t list your GPA. Generally, though, there’s not much of a reason to. You got the dang degree and that’s what matters. Take comfort in the fact that most people in your life have officially stopped caring about grades.
Only list your GPA if:
- The job posting asks for a certain GPA
- It’s unarguably impressive (like over 3.75, but then you should just list Cum Laude anyway!)
- You’re in a field where technical education is important and over a 3.0 is generally considered a necessity (engineering, for example)
Awards and Extracurriculars
Any award you received for academics, extracurriculars or Greek Life deserves a listing. Your extracurriculars can be valuable too, but only the ones that reflected real rigor and growth (and that you attended more than once or twice…)
Second chair cello in campus community orchestra (Great!)
Attended two anime club meetings in four years (…not great!)
They might not seem like much, but your extracurriculars show that you managed your time well by fitting them in among classes. And that’s very valuable to employers.
#2: A Job is a Job is a Job is a Job
You probably had to work at least one office or retail job to make ends meet during school.
You may have been a “lowly” barista, sales associate, or office pencil-pusher, but guess what? It was still a job.
Applicable internships and volunteer experiences should come first on your college graduate resume, but you should still definitely list any of all these part-time work experiences as you have room.
Describe them just like you would Big-Kid-Jobs, with active verbs, stats, and impressive accomplishments.
Again, these jobs show a lot. It might not seem impressive that you waited tables. However, it’s very impressive that you multitasked, trained 6 new employees, and dealt with difficult customers.
#3: Be Bold with Leadership Positions
On a similar note, don’t be afraid to brag on yourself when describing your student leadership positions. They’re a great fill for someone who doesn’t have a lot of professional experience.
College student leadership positions can often be very involved, adult-y experiences, and they can show off your greatness, even if they weren’t paid.
My leadership position was so involved that I list it as its own item on my resume:
So there you are, college graduate — resume tips that will help you land the first job of many in a world-changing career. Go get ‘em!