December 4, 2012 1 Comment
If you have just finished a university degree or if you’re nearing the end of your studies, you are probably beginning to think about employment in the ‘real’ world.
One of the biggest tasks ahead of you will be putting your resume together.
A powerful resume can greatly increase your chances of success in the competitive recruitment world.
But with hundreds of graduates like yourself starting to search for employment, how do you make your resume stand out?
Customise Your Application
One of the biggest resume writing mistakes many graduates make is to simply create one resume that they use for every single job application. In some instances, this might just be acceptable, but if you are applying for a multitude of roles, it’s important to customise your application to suit the job description and the employer.
One job advertisement might value sales skills in a small team environment, while another might be looking for someone with an eye for technical details, who can thrive in a corporate environment. When resume writing, ensure you address these individual criteria to increase your chances of success.
Emphasise Your Education
One of the first things recruiters will be drawn to in your resume is your relevant education, especially if you are applying for jobs in a specialist field. While you may have undertaken a range of studies at university, ensure that you emphasise the education that is most relevant to (a) the job you are applying for and (b) your desired career. This advice particularly applies if you completed a broad degree, such as a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science.
Focus on Transferable Skills
You may not have a substantial work history as a graduate, so in lieu of this, your resume should focus on your transferable skills. These skills can relate to communication, problem solving, sales, strategy implementation and so on, and can come from any area of your life, such as work experience, volunteer work or even your hobbies. Ensure that you provide specific examples of your transferable skills and check that they directly relate to the job description.
If you have held down a job or any other type of work whilst completing your education (e.g. volunteer work, internships), it is important to include these when resume writing, even though they may not be completely relevant to your long-term career.
Past jobs will show future employers that you do have some experience in the workplace in which you have developed your skills and a work ethic.
Today it’s highly likely that your resume will be submitted via an electronic database. Hence, keywords should form an important part of your resume writing.
Including keywords in your resume will increase your chances of being found if the recruiter/employer conducts an electronic search when trying to fill a position. Your keywords should match the ideal position/s you want to obtain; other keywords can also be included with your skills, competencies and education. Think about what an employer would need to “type in” if they wanted to find your resume in their system.
At Resumes Australia, we advise our executive candidates to omit any career objectives at the start of their resumes, as these rarely add value to the document.
However, as a graduate with little work experience, you may want to include a brief statement that will give the employer an idea about your career goals and how you plan to develop your career in the long-term. Once again, make sure this is relevant to the position you are applying for.
Once you have completed the resume writing process, the next crucial step before you begin applying for jobs is to get yourself online professionally. LinkedIn is the ideal place to start, so ensure you create a LinkedIn profile for yourself that matches your resume, and outlines your skills and experience.
Need help with your graduate resume writing? Resumes Australia is a professional resume writing service that works with many candidates – from graduates to senior executives – to produce crisp, effective and influential resumes that secure first-time interviews.
If you’re keen to stand out against all the other graduates in your field, Resumes Australia is the place to be.