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College Resume Writing

Who Needs College?

When you’re in high school, you’re told that you need to go to college to get a high paying career. You are faced with preparation classes, ACT’s and the never ending college selection process. It’s a long road, but in the end it’ll all be worth it”, isn’t it?

Well not in all cases. Many graduates face the same obstacle in their post-graduate job search: finding that first job. Most companies want too much from applicants, while other companies aren’t specific enough with their requirements for the job. As a result graduates turn to internships or referrals from friends to find a job, but many graduates end up working for less money than they could make working full time at McDonald’s. While this can be annoying, the job search after college can be a success.

Take Sarah, for example. She went to college for four years. She has two degrees in Business and Accounting. She has some experience from internships, but not much. She graduated last January, and has sent her resume out to dozens of companies in the past few months. She has taken classes on job interviews and resume preparation. She has even talked to the career counselors at her college to make sure she will be prepared to enter the real world when the time comes. Still, she hasn’t gotten any response yet.

This is frustrating for her because she studied hard to be prepared for a career and be successful in the real world. It’s also stressing to her because her uncle works in the Electronics Department at a big box retailer and makes almost $50,000 a year, with no college education. She can’t even find an entry level office job for $20,000 where she can work her way up. What is she doing that is so wrong?

For starters, She is sending the same resume to every employer. In addition, she has a generic cover letter that she sends with her resume. She speaks to everything that a position would require in her resume and cover letter, but she isn’t customizing her words to each employer.

Employers want to know what you can do for them and every job listing is different. That’s why it is essential that you customize your graduate resume and cover letter to reflect each job opening that you apply for. She needs to look at keywords that are in the job ads and include them in her resume. She also needs to look specifically for beginner jobs, because she only has that one internship under her belt.

Another thing she can do is using her inexperience to her advantage. By this, we simply mean she can take the time to emphasize her lack of experience, and give it a positive spin. For example, because of this lack of experience, she can fully be trained to a company’s specific needs. She’s not set in her ways, and has no routine that has to be broken. That sounds much better than “I’ve never worked on this before.”

College Resume writing can be challenging, as much as looking for a job. However, as long as you provide a polished resume that makes you stand out, you shouldn’t have too much trouble landing a job.

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