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Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceCareers & Employment · 1 decade ago

I don't have much to put on my Resume. Where do I start?

First, I'd like to thank anyone who decides to help in advance.

For personal reasons that don't really merit mentioning, I've graduated from college 3 years after schedule. I went back to school after a long time off and finally finished my bachelor's degree this winter at age 25, and am basically entering the workforce for the first time.

I admit that I lacked forsight, and didn't get any internships during my college years. I've also done close to no volunteer work or community service, and I've come to realize that if I were to write one right now, my resume would look more barren than the Sahara. I'm completely at a loss for where and how I should start writing one, and would appreciate any advice you could give me.

Having finally grown up, I'm hungry and looking for a chance to make a new start: right now Christmas is probably the last thing on my mind - mentally I'm in 2007 already, ready to race out of the gate.

Thank you so much, and Happy Holidays.

- Curious J.

7 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    I can relate to starting out with little to put on a resume. I came out of college with a degree and a fraternity membership. When you start drafting your resume, be sure to put down any prior employment in college or otherwise. Emphasize any experience you have that can be related to the position you are applying for. Yes, this can mean tailoring your resume to each application. By showing a previous history of employment (even if it's at the local restaurant or other activity that isn't so high profile) and, hopefully, showing that you've done well at those locations, you're demonstrating that you're going to stick around and probably won't be a morale or discipline problem.

    If you've done any special projects in conjunction with your professors, put those down. This can show a willingness to take on extra work and be able to work with supervisors.

    There are a number of good books on resume writing available but one I would recommend to help you with goal-setting is What Color Is Your Parachute? I don't remember the author's name at the moment but the style of writing is easy to understand. The book provides a number of exercises to help you determine what you want to do and what you're willing to do to get there. It has been in print for at least a decade with regular updates to address new situations and technologies.

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  • 1 decade ago

    First you don't have to use the chronological form of resume, you best choice would be the functional, resume and you can skip the dates, you put your skills and how you worked them (you can mention you classes), You can also mention you computer skills, you can list class projects you worked, all these are considered good experiences.

    It's never too late to volunteer while you are searching. As for your job search, the college where you graduated should have a department that helps students with their job search and resume writing, setting up appointments with companies.

    Good luck, you can do it, just put behind you the past and have a good new start. People will want to hire you for the future, so focus on that, not the past.

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  • Smriti
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    1 decade ago

    Start with an objective specific to the job you are applying for. Then put your educational qualifications, mention your hobbies, strengths and weaknesses, Date of Birth. Since you have not got any volunteer or community service on your list, you may join some social group for the time being and add being its member on your resume. You will of course apply for the fresher's job and try to stick to the fields close to your subject area in college.

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  • 1 decade ago

    hey dude ....better late than having realised that u have not done the perfect things ........let me advice u bcos i have also graduated my things 4 years late as my other frns did...things turnout beyond ur control so dont think too much on past and nor future is urs ......wat u have is today.......

    see its now time for u to get into a good organisation or a business where in, i think it should not be a matter bcos companies are looking out for energetic them u r energy and curiousity to learn things. and present u r self in such a manner that u can learn things out quickly......put them some instances and bettter be sure that it should not be negative

    u have to be proud of ur self bcos even things were worse for u , u have turned to be a graduate and now all the best for your life

    focus+daily improvement+time=genius

    so work on that and i think people will call u so dude

    alll the best

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  • 1 decade ago

    You can start your resume stating your goal. Put your educational qualification and describe your ability, like language proficiency, computer literacy, analytical strength based on your education, learning attitude and capability.

    You will have to start from somewhere, whatever. Then time will guide you but you will have to prove your sincerity always. Good luck.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Its hard when your first starting out

    so i tell you this don't feel you have to tell them every little detail of your life.

    Stick to the basics and look for a great first job experience even if its not the job you dreamt of but would put you there some day.

    good luck

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  • 1 decade ago

    Damn dude. Start with that low self-esteem issue. At least you finished college. N!ggaz out here be searchin fo scraps like it was gold and you got a degree. Flaunt it like you got it. After all, YOU DO!!!

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