5 Effective Resume Writing Strategies For College Grads

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There is little doubt 2010 college graduates face one of the most challenging job markets in decades. According to the Institute for College Access and Success, the unemployment rate for college grads 20-24 years old was 10.6 percent in the third quarter of 2009 – the highest on record.

Compounding the challenge for college grads is the fact that many have little to no experience writing resumes optimized for how employers currently search for desired candidates. To help college grads write resumes that will lead to job interviews and, ultimately, a strong job offer, Jobfox, the nation’s fastest online job matching and resume writing service that evaluates more than 100,000 resumes per month, has assembled five key resume writing tips and strategies for college grads:

1) GPA is important, but don’t forget ROI
An impressive GPA from a top University will certainly catch the eye of a prospective employer. But in the current labor market – where graduates are not only competing against fellow students but also experienced candidates – a resume should also, when possible, highlight the ROI the graduate will deliver to the employer. When listing internships don’t focus solely on job functions, but instead results and leadership demonstrated while interning.

2) All resume formats are not created equal
Having a resume formatted with bullets, boldface, indenting, etc. is great when handing a physical resume to a prospective employer or recruiter, but not always ideal when submitting a resume online directly to an employer. In the latter case, the resume often goes into a database where formatting is stripped, and for this reason the college grad must consider having two resume versions: one formatted for print copies, and an “e-version” for employer databases that will be readable when formatting is stripped.

3) Keyword optimize your resume
Employers are increasingly utilizing resume screening software when evaluating job candidates. The software scans resumes for specific keywords related to a job’s requirements, pushing keyword-laden resumes to the top of the proverbial stack. College grads should read the job posting carefully, and weave keywords into their resume while maintaining flow and readability.

4) Be judicious with social networks
Most college graduates have just spent four years showcasing the details of their lives on various social networks. It is true that demonstrating social media savvy to a prospective employer can be valuable, but do so strategically. Create a LinkedIn profile and, if you do include a Twitter handle on your resume, make sure tweets are professional and beneficial to the job search.

5) Consider a professional resume writing service
College grads – and their families – have just spent tens of thousands of dollars on an education, and will likely spend hundreds more on new suits and attire for interviews. Given the importance of resumes to a job search, a professional resume writing service can be invaluable. For a few hundred dollars, graduates can receive assistance with many key resume writing strategies, such as keyword optimization, formatting, content, etc.

About Jobfox
Jobfox is the largest online network of matchable professionals, connecting thousands of employers with the most qualified individuals among millions throughout the Jobfox Network. Through Jobfox’s comprehensive skills-based matching system, Jobfox is able to pinpoint the most qualified candidates to employers, and in turn, the most relevant job opportunities to professionals throughout the Jobfox Network who are open to learning about new career opportunities. Visit Jobfox today.

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