Do you need ideas on how to write a resume for a student? Look no further. If you are a new graduate or soon-to-be-graduate who will be entering the job market, you may be a bit anxious. While it had looked for a few weeks that the unemployment rates were improving, as I write this today the most recent jobs report has been released and once again, jobless claims have risen above the 400,000 mark. This is a challenging time to be looking for a job, and there is no doubt that writing a resume for a student can be challenging at even the best of times, but there are ways you can make yourself far more competitive for the positions you are targeting. Writing a killer resume is just one of those ways, but it is an essential one.
It is well worth your time and effort to develop a standout resume that will win you attention against the hordes of other candidates. This is no time to gamble with a presentation that isn’t as strong as it could be. While some will still try to do it on their own, many other students will seek out the assistance of professional resume writers. After spending tens of thousands of dollars on a college education, an investment of a few hundred dollars for the assistance of a professional writer to help you launch your career the right way is almost always an investment that will pay you back many times over.
You do not need to be a seasoned professional or executive to reap the benefits of working with a professional resume writer. Here are the “before” and “after” versions of a resume for a student that we redeveloped for one of our young professional clients. The difference the professionally written “after” version makes in presenting the student as a competent, qualified candidate with immediate value to add to an employer is immense.
The before version of this resume for a student uses dated techniques such as placing a generic objective statement at the top. While a qualifications summary or profile section is the current standard and best practice, many older books and even some college career centers are still teaching students to include an objective. The body of the document had many other problems, including a format that “screamed” entry-level candidate, content that emphasized job responsibilities rather than accomplishments, and data that was working against the newly graduated student, actually helping employers to screen the resume out rather than in.
The professionally rewritten version of the resume for a student includes a summary section that sets the focus for the resume, and makes an immediate and compelling case for the value this job seeker had to add to an employer. The bulleted competencies at the top ensure that critical keywords have been included in the resume while providing a way to promote the qualifications and knowledge this young professional offers, much of it gained from college courses. The body of the resume has been rewritten to really emphasize the most relevant experience while highlighting accomplishments that differentiate this graduating student from other job seekers.