Hi College Students! 👋Is anyone freaking out right now that you are going to graduate and thanks to what feels like we are in a world apocalypse, your chances of getting a job aren’t what you’d hope they’d be? 🤦🏻♀️Don’t let these circumstances hold you back, it’s your time to grow into your next level! 🌱We have our Top 10 Resume Tips for College Grads and are picking a winner a day for a free Resume Revamp! 👩🏻💻🙌
I know exactly how you feel. After I graduated from college, came the big crash of 2008. 💥🥺I thought to graduate with honors, leadership experience through my sorority, and working at Saks and Neiman’s was going to help set me apart from other applicants in the retail world. Guess what? I had to learn the hard way how to stand out, but I want to give it to you all for free! Now, I’ve been working at Fossil for a decade, and seen thousands of resumes…sometimes almost a thousand in one week. I have had the opportunity of hiring hundreds of people onto my team, as well as seeing hundreds promoted into other departments.
I have put together my top tips geared towards college students together, included with FREE resources and templates for you to use! If you are interested in one-on-one resume building or have questions about my 10 Tips, email me for more details at email@example.com. I would love to help out however I can, especially in these unique times. ✌️Happy revamp! 📝 You got this! This is your time to shine! ☀️
1.If you feel like you have done more classroom work, than actual on the job experience, that’s okay. Put down projects that you worked on or teams/group projects that you led.
Examples to think about: Did you ever have to create a business plan? Did you ever make a marketing trend analysis? Did you have to create a speech to share with your entire class? Write it down! When I was in college we had to pick a company, define a problem, and put together a business plan on how to create a solution, and was a great way to show how I was a forward-thinker even though it wasn’t actually “at work.”
2. Just because your GPA isn’t a 4.0, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t exclude it from your resume. Many times, an employer likes to see that you are versatile and able to juggle classes, extracurriculars, all the homework and exams, and work a job.
Food for thought: This shows them you are able to prioritize tasks to get things done, which is a huge asset no matter where you work.
3. Have an attractive resume. Canva.com is free to sign up and use a majority of their designs. You can use their templates to create a beautiful resume no matter if it’s corporate or creative, they have a variety of resources for you to choose from.
Food for thought: This takes less than an hour to put together. It’s free. It will help you stand out in a sea full of resumes. Do it, I promise it will work. 🤗
4. Education is important to include, even if you haven’t graduated yet. Still include what you are “in progress” and your expected graduation date.
Food for thought: Since you are in college, you can go ahead and take out your high school education.
5. Add your proficiency in technology systems that you are familiar with. Don’t take for granted that you are quite familiar with social media, email, and other software…because many people in the workforce are still learning how to adapt to all the changes in technology.
Examples to think about: GoogleSuite, Microsoft Office, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, SAP, and even social media channels.
6. LinkedIn, is a legit way to network these days, not just for experienced workers, but those that are just starting out in their careers. It is important to create a bio that not only talks about your business side, but you can be authentically you and share some personal things too!
Things to think about: If you need help with making your LinkedIn page snazzy, I would use Canva.com (again, yep I know…but why not use as many free resources as you can.) You can check out how I used it on my page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stacey-haynes-2b483013a/ Two people who helped inspire how I wrote my bio was Jasmine Star and Gary Vaynerchuk, so you can check them out too if you need any ideas. ⭐
7. Newsflash…Everyone is a “team player,” “detail-oriented,” and a “fast learner.” I would recommend not putting a list of these generic terms on your resume. This does not set you apart but makes you blend into the crowd even more. Use your resume to put specific details about yourself to make you stand out. Are you scared that you don’t have enough info to fill in the page if you take this out? Don’t be, see below for ideas to add instead.
Examples to think about: Places you have volunteered? Ideas or projects you have been part of? Add an objective for people to see why you’d be a great fit. Add references at the bottom. Make certain font headings larger, and increase margins to still fill the page.
8. Be proud of your extracurricular activities, volunteering, and any side hustle idea. Companies will look for your authenticity of who you are not just at the office, but outside of work, and adding that to your resume will help you stand out and shine a little more light on who you are!
Food for thought: If you do not have anything to add here, please go and volunteer somewhere and/or look for causes to help donate time or resources too.
9. Be honest. This should go without saying, but it is amazing to me what people want to sell about themselves that is way too big of a stretch. Just because I took Spanish in high school, doesn’t mean on my resume I say I speak Spanish. If I write “Microsoft Excel” on my skills because I use it to make to-do list, and I am applying for a job that heavily uses this Excel to make pivot tables and formulas…there is a bit of a difference there.
Examples to think about: If you were asked to be tested on the spot for anything on your resume, be ready for it! You are perfect the way you are and being your authentic self is what will make the perfect fit for you and your future company.
10. PRINT YOUR RESUME! Y’all, when you go into an interview, please be prepared with at least 3 copies of your resume. It doesn’t matter if you have electronically submitted it, be prepared.
During the interview: Along with the resumes, bring a piece of paper (or notebook) and write down anything important the interviewer is saying that are important takeaways. This shows that you are engaged. I would also ask them 1-2 questions at the end. It is completely fine to prepare those questions on your paper and read from them.