Tips to Make Resume for Fresh Graduates

So you think a degree from a renowned university, sparkling grades all through the academic history can ensure your access into the professional world?  Well, you may want to think again. Unless and until you know how to sell your degree and what all you can do if given a chance, institute name do not get you a job in majority of the cases.

 

Based on the half decade of experience in interviewing people belonging to different institutes we have come to the conclusion that degree alone does not give you a break in majority of the cases. Even if you are already working and now looking for a switch over and your CV has a long list of things that you have done, only few will be lucky to get the chance of their life.

Fresh graduates need to avoid the following:

  • CV is the initial document that can serve as an opening to be called for an interview. Make it professionally; avoid using rainbow color schemes, decorations and beautifying it with accessories. Remember, it is your Curriculum Vitae and not a wedding card.
  • Be very specific in the information you give on the CV. Your height, weight and complexion is not what the recruitment team or the industry is interested in, unless you have applied against the position in fashion or media industry.

 

  • Do not send your CV on positions for which you are not suitable. If you are not meeting the criteria of the position advertized, your CV goes directly into the trash bin.
  • Avoid writing emotional notes in the cover letter. You are the only support in the family, you have no work ever since graduation and sentences like these can help you gain free sympathies (if at all) but not the job. Start acting like a professional rather than a beggar.

 

  • Do not mention any course, training or project in your CV that you did at the time when you were in your early teens, unless you can elaborate on it during the interview. Remarks like, “Oh! I did that course way back in my free time, now I don’t even recall what’s it all about”. Yes, you are honest but sorry your honesty will not give you any plus marks.
  • Have your theoretical concepts very clear before appearing for the interview.

 

  • If you have been asked your strengths in the interview, don’t just go on narrating all the adjectives that you remember from 5th standard. Talk logical and sensible, do not exaggerate. Usually if you say your strength is your team spirit or the ability to lead the team, then the interviewer may very well be interested to know few examples that can support your strength.
  • Have your expectations from the job in terms of salary very clear. Do not make comparison in the interview that “my friend graduated with me and he is being offered 30k as a starting salary, whereas you are offering me 20k” Understand the industry difference, may be your friend has been picked up by MNC and you have been offered 20k by a local company.

 

  • When given a chance ask the interviewer regarding the job responsibilities that you would have to take up. Incase you are to be hired as a Management Trainee, be sure to ask how the Management Trainee program will run, what all you would be doing in that time, how would you be evaluated and what terms and conditions of employment will be offered after training is over. This detailed information can be taken up at the time when final interview is being conducted.
  • Avoid showing your enthusiasm for the job by saying “I am a good learner” or “I look forward to good learning in your organization”. Organizations need deliverance when they invest in you. They look forward to your enthusiasm in how you transfer the learning into action for your growth and that of the organization itself. Learn to know the difference between the two.

 

  • When asked, “What do you think should be the minimum time frame for an individual who is starting a career to carry on with the first job?” Be wise and genuine enough in your answer. Response like, “My teacher/friend says that do not stay in your first job for more than a year or two, otherwise you will be stuck up forever, therefore I think minimum time frame should be two years”. Once these golden words  are spelled out, your access to the professional world goes onto the bumpy road. What your acquaintances and yourself has to understand is that why would an organization invest in you when your stop over time in 2 years. Your answer should be more logical and it should come from your own conviction rather someone else brainwave.
  • Avoid flattering the interviewer by saying statements like “You seem to be very good in taking interviews” or “I am sure you must be a LUMS or IBA graduate” or “I have learnt a great deal from you during this interview”. Even if any of the above is true, avoid sharing it.

 

These are just few typical things that we need to avoid when we think of entering the professional world. Most of the things mentioned above may very well be applicable on people who are already doing a job and want to switch over. In today’s competitive world, where you tend to receive hundreds of application against a job opening, it is very much in the hand of the candidate as to how he ensures that Access is NOT Denied to him.

 

 

 



 



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