So you spent all those years in school, busting your behind just to keep up with grades. But after many sleepless nights, you finally graduate!
First and foremost congratulations, I know firsthand that graduating from college is no easy task. It takes a lot of effort and dedication. Not everyone has the patience to sit in front of countless boring classes for years just to get a piece of paper.
But that doesn’t matter anymore, because you finally graduated! Mom and Dad are probably as excited as you, and your Aunt Sally is also very proud of you, in fact they all probably went to see you at your graduation.
Life is great, after so much effort, you finally got what you wanted, a college degree!
As the days settle, you wake up a few days later and think to yourself, crap; this paper is worth nothing unless I get a job!
And you are correct my friend, other than the personal satisfaction of completing your degree and the countless kisses and hugs from your family, your degree is worth its weight in paper unless you put it to work.
Great so I’ll just go get a job. Simple right…
Well, there is more to it that than. You can’t just send out copies of your pretty degree to a bunch of potential employees, they will probably wipe their behinds with it and throw it right in the trash, what you need is a resume! A resume for freshers to be exact.
Resume for Fresher’s Looking for the First Job
One of the main components of a resume is job experience. Potential employees often look at this part of your resume to determine if your past job experiences can fit their organization. They are also looking to make sure you have no employment gaps since they usually indicate trouble finding jobs.
Another important reason why most employees look at your job experiences is that they don’t want people that can’t keep a steady job.
I have seen hundreds of resumes that list 10 or more jobs in their job experience field in the span of a year or two. This will automatically raise eyebrows and usually results in that resume getting thrown right in the trash.
As a resume fresher, you not only lack experience, you have none!
Companies spend thousands of dollars in everyone they hire, just to train them, so why would they hire someone with absolutely no experience, who for all they know might leave a month later?
How can you convince a potential employee to hire you if he or she cannot tell whether you are reliable or a potential job hopper?
Don’t worry, there are ways to get employees to look past your lack of experience, in fact, some of us prefer fresher resumes. People that have been in the field for a while have a lot of experience, but they also come with bad habits and poor training. This is where you are a fresher have an advantage.
Your job is to make the rest of your resume good enough, so that the potential recruiters can look past your lack of experience.
So, where do I start?
Fresher’s Resume Format
Most resumes follow the following format; contact information, objective, education, work experience, Honors and Awards, Skills, and References.
In the case of a resume for freshers, the format changes a bit. You see, since we cannot list work experience in your resume, we have to strengthen every other part of the resume.
For the duration of this article, I will give you some tips and tricks that will get your resume to stand out and make other people’s resume – including those with more experience – look like toilet paper.
The first part of formatting your resume is the look and feel of it. Before you even write the first word, you want to make sure your resume looks clean, and above all else, that it stands out.
As a recruiter, I usually go thru a daily pile of hundreds of boring plain black and white looking resumes. It gets to the point that I cannot tell one from the other.
But every once in a while, one resume will stand out from the rest.
If you went to a concert and wanted to stand out from the rest of the crowd you probably would wear a highlighted shit and some crazy hair, yet when it comes to resumes, everyone just wants to blend in with the rest of the herd.
Your job is to be the purple cow. The one person that stands out from the rest.
I’m not telling you to send in a green highlighter looking resumes, please don’t. What I’m trying to say is that you should not follow normal protocol. Often times in life, you have to take risks. Some won’t pay off, but more often than not, those that stand out will outshine the rest of the wondering sheep.
Remember, the sheep usually get slaughtered.
What you want to do is enhance the one thing that makes you a desirable hire. In most companies, managers and owners are looking for people that think outside the box, especially now days.
We all want to hire innovators and creative thinkers. Boring logical people are no longer cool.
So as a fresher, you have one big advantage that you should explode. What you lack in experience, you make up for in youth and fresh ideas. As a fresher your resume should reflect this.
Spend a couple of dollars or have a friend design you a nice looking resume with some color in it. Make sure it looks professional and clean. Once your fresher resume is designed and complete, take the design to a local print shop and print it out on the quality thick paper – I have seen resumes done in letter press before and have been very impressed.
This is just the first step to getting you an advantage, the next step is the resume content itself.
The Content of a Fresher Resume
Now that you have a standout look and design in mind, it’s time to fill it up with quality content.
Like I was telling you earlier, I look at hundreds of resumes every day, and 99 percent of them are incredible boring. There are so many old fashioned books that tell you how to fill out a resumes, but there is a problem with this. The repetitions of these styles have made resumes incredibly mundane.
The all read the same, as if they were spit out from the same factory;
Successfully managed the operation of a nationalized team of associates and contributed to the overall cohesiveness of the team…blah, blah, blah…
The same boring crap!
Instead of trying to coping what everyone else is doing, try to be genuine.
Think of what would be your ideal job, the ideal company. Research some of the companies in your field. Put yourself in the shoes of the owners of the company. Who would be their ideal employee?
Would it be someone that just writes the same old boring fresher style resumes every other graduate does, or would they prefer someone that stands out from the crowd?
Put yourself in the shoes of the person that will hire you, and let them know how you can help them. It is a psychological fact that human beings care more about what you can do for them, not the other way around. It is your job to think as the company would and list all the things you would be able to do for their company.
Don’t worry about your lack of experience as a newly graduated college fresher. Instead, think about your skills and dedication. Tell them how your creative drive and young brain can help their company go to the next level. Write about your desires and hunger, about your ever growing motivation to start your career. Let them feel how much you love your field of study and let the passion pour out of every letter you write.
This is how a resume for freshers should be written. Don’t follow the standard rules or you will always be just that, the standard.
Congratulations again, and best of luck to you.
Remember, keep your head up and don’t be afraid to take a little risk. You are young and should be excited about the life and career ahead of you.
Your resume as a fresher doesn’t have to be a hindrance, in fact it can become an advantage.