How to write your resume as a fresh graduate in 2021

Entering the workforce in the middle of a global pandemic cannot be more difficult. If that’s you, read on to find out what you can do to stand out more effectively against hundreds of other job applicants.

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  • The same fundamentals for any solid resume or CV applies - use a clean and easy to digest template. Moreover, consider keeping your resume to a short, punchy 1-page document, or 2 pages at most if you have a lot of important and relevant projects and internships worth mentioning.
  • When indicating your education, it’s normally a great idea to mention your CGPA if it’s 3.3 and above. But other ways to stand out could also be scholarships / fellowships / grants / awards / competitions that you won, student groups that you held leadership positions in, or key projects or thesis that you completed as part of your academics.
  • List your internships in reverse chronological order. What this simply means is starting from your most recent stint through to your oldest. Emphasise key results and accomplishments as much as possible using this structure: “Achieved x by doing y, as measured by z".
  • Didn’t do any internships or work placements? List either part-time jobs that bear the most relevance to the role you’re applying for, or volunteering stints that you’ve had in the past. Remember, an employer reviewing your resume is trying to find clues as to your temperament, work ethic, and potential - give them as much reason to assume the best out of your profile as possible.
  • And what about extra-curriculars you ask? As with internships and volunteer work, the key rule of thumb for deciding which ones to include and highlight would be how recent the experience was, how impactful or successful you were, and how closely relevant it is to the kind of competencies a future boss might be interested to read about. Quality always trumps quantity, so better to list 2 solid extra-curriculars than 5.
  • Ready to ship out your resume to hundreds to job ads this week? Have someone you trust look it over and give their candid opinion on spelling, grammar, formatting, and content. Better yet, book a session with us to finetune and polish your final work.

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Companies today receive hundreds of job applications from fresh graduates with no key differentiating factor and that employ useless buzzwords and cliches that don’t mean anything. Check out more tips on hacking your job application, nailing your interviews, and negotiating your starting pay.

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