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By Meaghan Marshall, Apr 2 2017 11:29AM

Here are six tips for writing your graduate resume. These tips will help you create a strong resume to apply for graduate programs or for your first role after completing your studies.

⇨ 1. Target your resume to the company and role you are applying

Employees know that you will be applying at a number of organisations, however they will still be making an assessment via your application of your motivation and desire to work for their particular organisation.

Ensure that you show interest, and knowledge of the role and organisation you are applying to. It is important that you match your achievements, interests and skills to the role requirements, and also that you reflect the keywords and specific terminology of the organisation in your resume.

⇨ 2. Provide extra details about your university studies

Most people simply list their course details on their resume under a heading of education without any further information. This is a missed opportunity, especially at this point in your career when you perhaps don’t have a lot of practical experience or relevant work history. Include details of subjects studied, exceptional results, awards, major projects, publications and achievements.

⇨ 3. Include extra-curricular activities

Once again, you need to take every opportunity to set yourself apart from other applicants and by showing you have been involved in additional activities is a great way to achieve this. This might include volunteer roles, community involvement, sporting activities, or positions of responsibility at university. Including this additional activity will also help you fill in any gaps you might have due to limited work experience.

Don’t just list these activities but also include your achievements and examples of where you have demonstrated key skills, for example teamwork, leadership, and problem solving. Including extracurricular activities also demonstrates your ability to manage study, work and additional commitments. As you gain more experience this section of your resume will carry less weight, and eventually won’t be included.

⇨ 4. Don’t include an objective

I have noted that many of the university produced resume writing guides include the instruction to include a career objective. A career objective however almost always ends up being clichéd and self-focused. Instead keep the focus on what you can bring to the role, and how the organisation will benefit. Include a qualification summary or branding statement instead.

You might like to read here: Why You should Ditch the Objective Statement

⇨ 5. Make sure it is perfect

There is absolutely no room for error. You need to make an immediate impact and stand out from the crowd. When finding the difference between two similar candidates, it may ultimately come down to who presented the most polished resume with faultless formatting and precise punctuation and spelling.

⇨ 6. Use a professional email address that you check regularly

If you are just starting out in the professional world you might be still holding on to the email address you created in high school. It is essential that you have a professional email address, that should be your name only.

It is a good idea if you are applying for multiple roles is to create an email specifically for this purpose. A lot of communication will occur via email. With a separate email address, you can be sure you won’t miss any emails and can keep an eye on your junk email folder.

Also, see how to create a professional email signature.

You may also find these posts helpful for your job search:

Improving the Readability of your Resume

Auditing Your Online Presence

Cover Letter Tips


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