As a new graduate, you have strong educational qualifications but probably feel you don’t have much to offer in terms of “real-world” business experience. As a result, you might be wondering what to communicate in your resume and in interviews–what can you say and what should you share to pique the interest of potential employers?
The job market is tight, but you still have much to offer as long as you know how to stand out and emphasize your positive attributes as a new hire.
Year after year, employers are eager to hire new graduates because you bring fresh thinking and moldable skills to their businesses. They are happy to teach you what you need to know to be successful within their organization. By understanding this, you can turn your inexperience into an asset.
Any job seeker, regardless of experience, has the same fundamental resume-writing challenge: to demonstrate the skills and competencies needed to do a particular job. You may not have accomplishments, experiences, success stories, and examples from your professional career as “evidence” of your capabilities, but that’s okay; employers don’t expect it.
What they do expect, is that you’ll have a general understanding of the kinds of skills you’ll need to use on the job and that you possess some relevant examples and accomplishments to share.
Quite likely you have more to offer than you think! There is much “gold” that can be mined from your college career, part-time work experiences, co-op or internship jobs, volunteer and extracurricular activities. Think about how this experience plays into your qualifications and value as an employee and incorporate that information into your resume.
Standing out from stacks of paper resumes and countless entries in a job listing site is difficult unless you arm yourself with better tools. Before you start on your resume, VisualCV.com has a free guide to help you build a better resume. Pay close attention to the section dedicated to resume building for new graduates which will provide you with valuable information on how to best stand out.
Using VisualCV as a tool to create a better resume, and share it with your network, recruiters and potential employers gives you an edge over traditional paper resumes and over unformatted lists of keywords your resume is reduced to when put into a “job finding” website. Using the sharing capabilities in VisualCV you can control who sees your resume, and gain exposure to the hiring companies and recruiting firms they are partnering with.
Everyone starts at the beginning and your job search is no different. As a new graduate your lack of experience isn’t something you can easily hide, so instead use it as an assert to show your prospective employer how it actually makes you the better candidate.
Dave Saunders teaches entrepreneurs and small business owners how to build a strong online presence to attract more business. Learn how to grow your business online and register to receive your own copy of “Turn Your Ideas Into Cash” at http://www.davesaunders.net
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