I don’t have any work experience, what shall I include in my resumé? How do I highlight my skills?
Well, you are not the only person who is trying to find the answers to the above questions. Over past few years, I had read several books on resumé make-overs and on how to highlight your academic experience in the resumé to get that job interview.
I know it’s tough to get your resumé fit for the position you are applying.
Resumé writing is an evolving process. It keeps on changing over the time. To get started, you must find the suitable resumé template for you, to address your preferences, and start working on its contents.
While in school, I worked on my resumé almost daily, making small changes here and there, just to keep everything better.
There is no magic behind writing a perfect resumé the first time. You really have to invest lots of time and effort in preparing your first resumé.
I actually enjoyed the resumé preparation process, learned many from it, so I’m sharing some tips to you now.
Resumé: Objective or Professional Summary
For entry-level students, listing your accomplishments would be a great way to start, instead of including Objectives.
Most resumé objectives state what students want rather than what they can provide to an organization.
Watch the following video, it will explain a few things on what qualities to highlight in your resumé as an entry level student.
As you can see in the video, try to write down all notable experiences you had in your college or university that you can use to showcase your skills set.
For example, you might have worked as part of a 4-member team that prepared a research presentation. That experience can be included to highlight your team work skills.
- Presented a paper on wireless communication as part of a 4 member team.
- Led a team of 4 in designing and implementing a mechanical design project.
In a sheet of paper, list all the experiences that you can categorize as work-related competencies like team work, communication skills, deadline oriented work, etc., and frame detailed yet concise sentences and include them in the project description.