Recent college grads may find themselves light in on-the-job experience, but remember: It’s about your accomplishments.
And though you may not have much on-the-job experience, resume-writing expert Christopher Fields says you do have enough to tell an attractive story about your areas of expertise.
“As a college grad, you may be surprised at how much you’ve accomplished,” he says.
Fields, owner of the ResumeCrusade.com, recommends using volunteer work and any associations that you have worked with as examples of your skills.
And discussing any actual work experience is valuable.
“Sometimes part-time work while going to school can be impressive to a prospective employer,” he says.
Miriam Salpeter, owner of KeppieCareers.com, says you should focus on the requirements of a specific job you’re shooting for, and match those with your own set of skills.
“For every potential resume bullet point, ask yourself, ‘So what?’” she says. “In your answer, include what impact you had at the organization.”
She agrees that volunteer work and similar part-time experience gained in college works as well.
Also, she recommends avoiding writing a “laundry list of ‘stuff’ you did,” and steer clear of empty words such as “assist” or “responsible for.”
“If you accomplished something, make it clear how you helped and what role you had,” she says.
Another measure to avoid: Having only one boilerplate resume and sending that to all your target companies.
“Ultimately, the resume is your marketing document. So it’s best to customize it,” she says, “so when your resume passes through the applicant tracking system to a human being, that person will know you took some extra effort when you applied.”