For those who have just graduated college, there are few things more stressful than trying to find gainful employment when you have little to put on your resume.
As you browse potential job listings, you find yourself competing with more seasoned professionals who have several years of applicable experience.
How are you supposed to compete when the vast majority of your past few years has been spent analyzing Chaucer?
Skills outside of the classroom
The skills you learned in college stretched far beyond the subjects you studied. Building a successful resume will depend upon you showing potential employers how these skills make you a good fit for the open position. Ask yourself questions such as:
Did I ever organize or market various events?
Did I manage the finances for anything?
Did I help any professors with note taking or research?
Even though they might not be able to be listed in the ‘job experience’ section, these types of skills can be put them in a skills portion of your resume, showing just what you have to offer the company.
Think about your classes
Humanities majors often feel as though they are at a disadvantage because they did not learn skills that can be applied to the workforce the way a major such as accounting can be.
You also cultivated numerous important capabilities.
Think about all the presentations you did in front of classes and seminars.
Did you have the unique talent of actually engaging your class in what you had to say?
How are your analytical abilities?
These skills can also be translated into skills on a resume.
Look for transferable skills
Even if you have never held a job, chances are you have at least some experience in the working world. Perhaps you held a summer position working in the family store.
Others might have tutored classmates struggling in a particular subject. Even though these jobs might not directly relate to the position you are applying for, you likely learned some transferable skills.
As you list the positions under your work experience, use a bullet or two to explain why this position is relevant.
Continue to improve your resume
Employers tend to think very highly of young professionals who show a considerable amount of initiative. Even if you just finished your degree, look for ways to continue to improve and refine your resume.
See if you can enroll in an online course about business administration. Learn a new language or polish one that has been studied. Find volunteer opportunities that can translate to demonstrable leadership and managerial skills.
Focus on presentation
Looks matter, even when it comes to a resume. The company representative is going to be scanning the resumes and looking for things that jump out and speak to the person’s ability to fulfill the role. You can use the well designed (but still professional looking) templates from Resumonk to standout from the other job seekers.
When the last four years of your life have been dominated by sweatpants, school pride, and trying not to sleep through class, it can be difficult to switch gears and build a resume.
Convincing a new employer to give you a chance can seem even more difficult when you do not have any meaningful experience, but that does not make resume building an exercise in futility. Keep the above points in mind and begin building a resume that can get your name noticed and your phone ringing.
Aditya Babbar is the Co-Founder of Resumonk that helps users in creating a beautiful resume in minutes. Typically, he is either found offering free resume critiques or reading articles on how to stop procrastinating.