How to Transfer Your Schooling Skills to a Resume

Every year thousands of college students graduate and are eager to join the work force, only to discover an unfortunate reality. While a college degree is often required for many of today’s jobs, lacking practical work experience can leave a young graduate’s resume looking paper thin. It is essential for college graduates to market the skills they have learned in school effectively in order to stand out to prospective employers.


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Be Practical


Employers today often require relevant experience for entry-level work. Though this sounds like a difficult conundrum, an effectively written resume can overcome this obstacle. To best market your skills, frame what you have learned in college in a practical application. For example, a graduate with a University of Florida business administration online degree might say he or she “implemented marketing strategies to attract new customers to the campus bookstore.” This provides a level of context to your skills and abilities, which in turn improves your marketability to potential employers immensely.



Put Education First


Though veterans of the work force often list their academic accomplishments at the end of a resume, a recent college graduate should list it proudly at the top. Be sure to include your school, your major, and the degree you have earned, as well as your grade point average if it is higher than 3.0. If you are applying for a job specific in scope, it may also be helpful to list specific courses you have taken that are relevant to your career objective, and demonstrate your proficiency in the field.



Be Concise


In today’s ultra-competitive job market, employers are often inundated with dozens of applications for few open positions. A new college graduate needs to remember that unlike term papers, resumes should be short and to the point. Creating a visually appealing resume, while avoiding lengthiness
will help accentuate the most important elements of your education while also keeping the potential employer engaged. An ideal resume should maintain font size no smaller than 11 or 12 point and should use a traditional font like Times New Roman or Arial. Don’t add unnecessary points, and stick to what that specific employer might be interested in. 


Employing these methods can help make a resume light on practical work experience impressive to employers. When simply earning a degree is not enough to land your dream job, constructing an articulate resume highlighting your skills in the most efficient manner possible can make all the difference on today's job market.


Lovingly written by Joy












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