Graduate resume mistakes

There are some resume mistakes that are very common amongst all graduates.

For example, graduates tend to ‘pad out’ their resume. A one page resume is fine at graduate level. Avoid any unnecessary sections or words and stick to the point.

Keep all paragraphs and points short and concise, focusing on the outcome of your actions throughout your career rather than writing in full sentences.

Remember that a generic resume just isn’t good enough. Each role will have a different focus, so be prepared to tweak your resume slightly for each position you apply for.

Don’t ever leave the employer thinking ‘so what?’ Make a clear connection between your skills and resume content with the job’s requirements. You resume will be competing with many others, so it must be relevant and address each requirement.

Never undersell your achievements. Highlight your successes and think about which successes the employer will want to see on your resume. The trick is not to move into the ‘realm of arrogance’. Don’t’ undervalue your experience either. A club, society or volunteering work is still relevant if it has enabled you to acquire important skills. Quantify your experience if you can, e.g. I helped improve profits by 20% and prove all the statements you’re making.

If you have had many jobs, remember to only include your achievements and not just the boring, mundane details of how you worked in a coffee shop that summer. Instead, what about including the fact that you were put in charge of payments to demonstrate your trustworthiness and mathematical skills?

Finally, at natural points in your resume, you must include keywords. Keywords are job-specific phrases and terminology and can include qualifications, skills or areas of expertise. Employers and recruiters will be looking for these and sometimes use special software to help them to identify specific keywords.

Written by Pardeep.