The resume is the most important document related to the profession. In fact, the resume is the only document which tells about academic qualifications and professional experience of a person in a concise and complete manner.
So detailed and crucial is a resume, that an experienced recruiter can make out from the resume itself whether the person is worthy of being even called for an interview.
This article details the aspects you should take in mind once you start writing your resume for first job. It provides the template and tips on how to write a resume for your first job.
After reading this article, you can read the article – first job interview.
The resume being so detailed has its advantages and disadvantages – a person with ten years of experience may find even a ten page document just skimming over their rich experience; whereas a graduate applying for an entry level position (i.e. first job) will find it difficult to even put two pages in his/her resume.
First Job Resume Template
One of the most important thing to remember about the first job resumes is that every word should add a value to the resume and therefore to yourself.
Here is a suggested template for the first job resume.
For Resume Cover Letters: refer to the articles how to write a cover letter for a resume and to free samples of resume cover letters.
1. Contact Information
2. Objectives – refer to the article Resume Objective Examples
3. Qualifications – related skills, including some positive personal characteristics
4. Graduation – including educational accomplishments
5. High School
6. Working Experience (if any + dates)
7. Technical and computer skills
8. Professional Courses – relevant coursework
* Write the resume using the last version of MS word.
Tips on how to write a resume for your first job
Since you are a fresher, you will have little or almost nothing to add to the resume, except some facts that will be crucial for the decision whether you will be invited to the first round of the job interview or not.
Here are some tips to keep in mind while you are preparing a resume for your first job:
The most important aspect of a resume is to keep it in a format that is readable and immediately likeable. Many times, a resume is not looked into by the recruiter simply because the format is not eye catching or does not invoke the interest of the recruiter.
Make it simple
The recruiters do not have much time to spend on each resume. Researches suggest that the time spent on each resume is not more than twenty seconds. Therefore, make sure that the resume is simple and concise.
Academic Qualifications – Facts
One of the first aspects you should pay attention to is your academic qualifications. The academic qualifications play a major part in the recruiter decision whether the candidate is the best option for the job or not. Therefore, begin the resume with your personal and communication information.
Once that is done, make it a point to put up your academic and other extracurricular qualifications. Do not fudge facts about your academic and other qualifications.
Chances are that the recruiter will call up the references or double check everything about your resume simply because you are a fresher. If the recruiter finds anything fudged in your records, he or she may put your resume into the trash can immediately.
Also, if your GPA records are good enough, make it a point to take the recruiter’s attention towards them.
Make sure that you point out all the skills that are related to the profession. In today’s world, there are few jobs that one can do without the knowledge of computers and the Internet.
Therefore, make sure that you lay out your knowledge of computers, by pointing out any computer or other technical courses that you have gone through.
Though a resume should be quite detailed and elaborate, you should also make note that it should be to the point and relevant. Of course, a resume has a place for hobbies, but not much importance should be given to hobbies.
Only if the hobbies are relevant to the job profile, like puzzle solving or other logic/intelligent games being relevant to programming, then they should be mentioned in the resume.
Another aspect to keep in mind is your experience in the professional field – no matter how small it may be.
Therefore, if your experience as a summer intern is relevant to the job, make sure that you give proper space and time in the resume for your time as a summer intern.
I hope these above tips help you with your first steps making a resume that drives attention.
One of the first aspects to keep in mind is the job itself. Consider whether the job has expressly written ‘freshers welcome’ or some other words hinting at their welcome for entry levels. Chances are, many times, your resume will not even be considered only because you are a fresher in the particular field that the company is related to.
Once you are convinced that the company is inviting freshers for the required job, you can be rest assured that they go through the entire fresher’s resumes too.