Resume Tips for Recent College Graduates




A résumé’s job is to show you’re qualified for a position. Make yours work for you by emphasizing your relevant experience, formatting it correctly, and avoiding spelling mistakes.
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    • What you should include in your résumé.
    • How you should format your résumé.
    • What to avoid when writing a résumé.
    Resume Tips for Recent College Graduates

    Your résumé summarizes your skills, education, and experience relevant to the position you are seeking. Its job is to demonstrate to a potential employer that you are qualified for the position—and to convince them that you should be called in for an interview.

    What You Should Include

    • Your education: List your degree(s), concentration(s), GPA (if above 3.0), and any activities related to the position.
    • Related experience: Tailor your résumé so it highlights your experience that’s relevant to the job posting.
    • Related skills: For example, list finance software that you have used if the job calls for you to work with numbers.
    • Other relevant information: Some possible additional sections could include a summary of your qualifications, leadership or volunteer experience, and any related academic projects.

    How You Should Format Your Résumé

    • Limit your résumé to one page.
    • Use bold/italics/underline sparingly so what you do highlight has more impact.
    • Start with your most recent experience and work backward.
    • Use an easily read font style/size such as Times New Roman (no smaller than 11 pt.) or Arial (no smaller than 10 pt.).
    • Use your white space effectively—left and right margins should be no smaller than 0.7; top and bottom margins should be no smaller than 0.5.

    Résumé Dos

    • Put your most relevant skills and experience at the top where a potential employer will look first.
    • Include achievements and measurable outcomes.
    • Start each bullet with an action verb (i.e., analyzed, forecasted, budgeted).
    • Be concise and focused—make sure every word on your résumé counts.
    • Critique your résumé for style, impact, and spelling.
    • Consider including a link to your professional online profiles (i.e., LinkedIn, blogs, website)

    Résumé Don’ts

    • Don’t forget to ensure your résumé speak to the specific qualifications listed in the job posting.
    • Don’t have spelling or grammar mistakes.
    • Don’t use phrases such as “responsible for” or “my duties included.”
    • Don’t use personal pronouns such as “I” “my” “me.”
    • Don’t include personal information like marital status, ethnicity, or photos.

    Check out for a first-hand look at some recent college graduate résumé samples.


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