Good morning Green Panda friends. Today we are writing to you with some great resume tips to help you get your dream job after graduation.  We all go to college to gain valuable experience, learn a trade and get a higher education; but all of that means nothing if you don’t know how to use it.

College can be so much more than just a scholastic experience.  The people you meet, the connections you make and the life experience that you gain in college can be priceless.  After graduation you have the tools you need to succeed in your career, you just have to know how to market your skills and sell yourself to potential employers.  A resume is your first impression and therefore it has to showcase your talents and your most valuable assets.  You may be the best candidate for the job but your employer doesn’t know that until they see your resume.

When you graduate from college you may not have a lot of work experience, but you do have a lot of personal and professional skills.  What you need to do on your resume is showcase your skills, not your lack of work experience. Always keep in mind that your resume will get you the interview but your personality will get you the job. So you have to create an amazing resume that showcases your skills and let’s your employer know just how awesome you are.

Use these tips to create a killer resume:

Start with your skills.  Highlighting your personal and professional skills at the top of your resume gives potential employers a sneak peek into who you are and what you can do as an employee. Your professional skills should include computer knowledge skills and administrative skills.  Your personal skills should include qualities such as multi-tasking and punctuality. You should also include any other skills you have that are listed on the job posting.

Highlight your education.  Your education is your most recent achievement and therefore you should be proud of it.  Your resume you should highlight your diplomas, certificates, relevant courses and all scholastic achievements. You should also include your graduation date to show your potential employer that your scholastic achievements are recent. You may want to include your GPA as long as it is note worthy.

Add all of your work experience.  List all of your work experience both professional and volunteer.  If you don’t have a lot of work experience it is important to list all of your experience, whether it’s relevant or not.  It is good to show your potential employer that you have experience working with people, working in an office and working with a team because it shows responsibility and commitment.

List all associations and memberships.  I am not talking about your gym memberships, but it is important to list the names of your current and past memberships.  If you are an active member of an association such as a campus club, a professional group or a youth organization it is important to make sure your potential employer knows.

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Tahnya Kristina

Tahnya Kristina

Tahnya is 30 years old and lives in Montreal Quebec. She graduated in 2005 from Concordia University, and she currently works for a major International Financial Institution. She recently launched You can follow her on Twitter @TahnyaP.