The resume is a documentation of your entire work and education history. You have to create it perfectly so that it grabs the employer’s attention. One look at your resume and the employer will know that you’re a fresher. The style in which it’s written, the objective etc. gives away that fact. You need to design it with care and patience. Let’s look at a few ways in which you can build a resume if you’re a fresher.
Now, a lot of freshers take a shortcut and go on to write a common, generic resume where they include usual phrases like hard-working, passionate, achiever etc. While this is a time-saver, it doesn’t add value at all. Every employer knows you’re eventually going to have to work hard to achieve your professional goals. Spelling it out won’t help. Instead, try and make it more specific. For instance, ‘expert in Python and would like to delve deeper into data science’. Try to stick to phrases which highlight your skills. This may take time, but this is more effective than a general resume. Invest your time wisely.
Make no mistakes
To err is human, correct. But in a one or a two-page document, erring is not pardonable. Give it to a Grammar Nazi friend of yours to check it. The resume needs to be proofread at least two times to make sure there are no mistakes or any spell errors. Imagine this is the first piece of your job-related document that you’re sending out, and if this contains errors, it will give out a very bad impression about you.
Be straightforward and honest
While writing a resume, always be honest. As a fresher, every recruiter knows that you won’t possess as many skills or as much work experience, barring internship experience. If you blabber or make up stuff, the recruiter will immediately understand and then it won’t look nice at all. Or they might wait to call you for an interview, and then it will be even easier to catch your lies. Refrain from lying on your resume. It’s okay even if you fall short of a few skills needed, it can always be solved.
Follow a structure
A structure is essential to make sure you’re following a pattern of writing a resume. It cannot be haphazard. It needs to start and end perfectly. A resume is often divided into various sections and you need to follow it as a thumb rule. Else, it will look like any other document. It starts with your name and contact details, followed by the career objective. The middle section of your resume covers your educational background and your internship experience. The latter section of the resume will cover your skills, achievements and volunteer/project work that you might have undertaken.
Give it some style
Choose a suitable font size and type. Don’t go for very stylish fonts, make sure they’re readable. Use the same font only throughout your resume. Bold the headlines wherever required. Try to fit all information within one or maximum two pages. Anything longer than that considering you don’t have work experience will just impact your candidature negatively. Leave adequate margins at the sides for neatness.
Give yourself a pat on the back because you’ve created your first resume! Don’t forget to attach a cover letter before sending it out. All the best!