First job search is quite challenging and it requires utmost care as it builds the base of your career. Everyone wants to land a dream job, especially when one is about to finish college. And what is the first and foremost step of job search, of course, writing a perfect resume.
Now let me tell you the other side of the picture: What HR or recruiter see in a fresher resume. When an opening is for entry level position then an influx of resume is very high. So HR spend roughly few seconds over a single resume, so only that much time a resume get to make an impression.
So objective is to write a perfect resume, which captures all relevant information in a professional and sincere manner.
A perfect resume is a key to get an interview opportunity. You do not want to leave an opportunity because of badly written resume.
Resume writing as a fresher is totally different as compared to resume writing for an experienced professional. As experienced professionals have a lot to show case in their CV in terms of skill, work experience, project experiences etc. Which is not the case with the freshers.
So as a fresher a lot of questions comes in mind, like what Information should be displayed at top of resume, what should be in the middle, what information to include and what information to leave.
Here is a checklist which can help freshers in sorting out all the stuff to write down a perfect resume;
Header of resume:
Header of resume must showcase these information:
1.Your full name
2.Phone Number and Email ID (Updated one )
Objective and Goals:
If you are choosing to add objective and goal section in your CV, then keep it concise and related to the role you are applying for.
Write an objective which says who you are, what you can offer and what your career plan is:
“As an HR professional, I am seeking to make a long-term career with an organisation, where I can utilize my learning and skills to enhance my professional growth along with the organisational growth”
In case of freshers these details play much important role as some companies are very strict about educational qualifications especially when it comes to fresher hiring:
- Name of school/college/university
- Percentage/GPA secured
- Year of passing
If you have any experience as an intern, trainee or of a part time job, then add that experience in your CV as well unless it is too irrelevant. Tailor that experience to make it look relevant to the job you are applying for.
For instance: You have done an internship in marketing and now you are applying for a job in HR department, so you can tailor your description of internship and highlight skills such as people skills ,negotiation skills which are relevant in HR as well.
Add projects you have worked on in your college or in part time job. Write a short description of project and learning from it. Point here again is to maximize chances of resume consideration by making your resume look relevant to the job you are applying for.
If you have any professional affiliations, certifications, publications, programming language knowledge so do not miss to add them on your resume.
Address and Link to social media profile:
Add both permanent and local address. Do not forget to add link of your LinkedIn Profile. If you are applying for position such as graphic designer then you can add link to your online portfolio as well.
The resume should look very clean, professional and readable at first glance.
Choose professional and simple font, use light fond color, proper use of bold letters and headlines and enough blank space make resume look easy on eyes.
Refer this to choose font: Best font for resume
Read the job description carefully, understand the requirement and then tailor your resume by adding relevant keywords to it.
Read this to learn how to add keywords to CV: Secrets of making your CV searchable