College graduation is right around the corner and with it comes an influx of new job seekers. This means more people vying for the same jobs. New graduates have the benefit of current education but sometimes the drawback of little professional experience. With the excitement of having your diploma in hand, don’t forget to prepare your resume as well. You want to be able to transition from school into the work force and put that education to use. A polished and well-crafted resume can make you more competitive in the job search.

Now that you’ve completed your education and are ready to enter the field, how do you prove to employers that you have what it takes? Just listing your degree isn’t enough. As you create your resume, keep the following in mind:

More is not always better

You may be tempted to include every detail of what you have done over the past few years, but how much of it is truly relevant? Avoid the temptation to add more information just to make your resume look longer and more impressive. Focus on quality over quantity. Keep things concise but make sure they are presented in a way that packs a punch. Unless you’ve had a long-standing job that you’ve continued from high school through college, including high school work experience isn’t necessarily beneficial. Concentrate on what you achieved while you were in college and those experiences that back your qualifications for the roles you are applying for.

Draw on your strengths

What do you excel in and how have you put these skills to use? Extracurriculars can be a great way to show relevant experience. Did you hold a leadership position in the accounting society or plan major events for the business program? Were you an active volunteer working in your field or supporting others? Consider how you can transfer these skills to the professional workplace. What would hiring managers find attractive about what you have done and how can it benefit their company? You may not feel as though you have acquired much experience yet but make the most of what you have done.

Start off with your education

Put those years of hard work front and center. Beneath your summary of qualifications and core competencies – which are drawn from your education and experience – list any degrees or certifications you hold. No need to include your high school diploma. If you studied abroad or participated in an exchange program, highlight that here too. It is not necessary to include your GPA, but if you choose to do so, make sure it was relatively high. Don’t forget to list any minors or concentrations as well to show additional areas of targeted knowledge.

Keep your resume focused and relevant to the type of position for which you are applying. A strong branding message helps to clarify not only your experience but also the kind of role you are looking for. If you are struggling with what to include or are questioning the impression that your resume makes, contact Chic Resumes to help you create a stronger impact. We will work with you to develop a resume that reflects your education, abilities, and experience in a positive light. Call (803) 831-744 or email to schedule your consultation today.