As college students finish their degrees a whirlwind of emotions can fill their minds and hearts. They think about the effort they have put into completely their degrees. They also begin to worry about the next step after college. It can be scary for some to think about the ‘real world’ or life after school. Like or not, entering the workforce is the reality for most college graduates. This is why it is important for college students to think about starter resumes.
Many college students have done some part time work or summer work while they are in school. Some have not necessarily worked ‘real jobs’ but they may have been involved in other organizations or accomplished some things during school. The difference between starter resumes for college students and traditional resumes is that they are generally less filled with work content. Someone with an established career likely has detailed work experiences on their resume. On the contrary starter resumes for college students need to highlight the person’s abilities using a more limited body of work.
One of the biggest differences, often, with starter resumes for college students is that they are sometimes organized differently than someone’s resume that has an established career. Graduates with very little work experience likely want to highlight their education first in their resume. This communicates immediately to the employer that the applicant has just completed a degree. Established working adults usually list work experience earlier, chronologically, and place education near the end of the resume. Most of the time, employers are going to be wondering, “What have you done lately?”
Another difference with starter resumes for college students is that they usually include more details of awards, accomplishments, organizations and activities. For college graduates, this volunteer or extracurricular involvement is a great way to sell ambition, work ethic, and other personal qualities to an employer, when work experience is lacking.
College students preparing to enter the working world regularly undervalue their work experience, however. Many college students have developed sales and customer service skills, and other work related abilities during high school and college work. While the length and depth of experience may not be as much as an older candidate for a position, it is important to point out skill development effectively within starter resumes.
The challenge for many college students or new grads is that they often have not received adequate training on putting together an effective resume. Many would benefit from looking to professional resume and cover letter services that can help the new graduate market themselves at full potential for the initial job search. Some young people do not understand the return on investment of paying a modest fee for such services.
Additionally, many professional resume and cover letter services do not take into account the unique needs and requirements of college students. Starter resumes usually require less time and detail as management or executive level resumes. The key is more to effectively sell the limited work experience, education, and activities of the new employee prospect.
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