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New Graduates Must Grab the Recruiter's Attention
Posted By: Dr. Marcia Robinson on May 19, 2019

The Job Outlook for 2019 for grads shows that college hiring is expected to be up almost 17%. That means that new college graduates are entering the best job market since the US economy tanked in 2008.

As good as the job market is, grads need to know that recruiters are not going to search their resumes to find all the relevant information about them. Grads have to make sure their resumes grab recruiters' attention and make them read. With all types of technology available to help recruiters scan resumes, grads have a really short time to make an impression.

Research says you have under 20 seconds to make an impression on paper. If you want to impress the recruiters and hiring managers, pay attention to this resume writing tips.

1. Make the top third of your resume is really strong.
Contact information only need to include email, phone and maybe city or state. Recruiters and hiring managers have to be able to find you and reach you. It happens more often than you think that the contact information on a resume is out of date. Especially, right after graduation when your campus address may be no longer valuable. Keep emails and social media avatars professional.

2. Use a powerful summary of qualifications, career highlights or professional profile
It really doesnít matter much what you call this introductory section of your resume. By the way, there this still some debate about this resume writing tip. You will see some people who say that Resume Objectives are out of date for emerging professionals. I donít agree. Whatever you call it, this section must be powerful and markets you Ė the total you!

3. Education and skills training
If you are a new graduate or emerging professional or you have new and relevant training, this must show up early. In a job market where skills are important, this is the most important information about grads right now. Don't hide this information at the bottom of your resume.

4. Accomplishments
The top 30% of your resume is really nothing without accomplishments. Something telling what you have done Ė eg. 4 years of customer service experience, 15% growth in membership, managed budget in excess of $X amount. Get the point? Accomplishments mean something to a recruiter or hiring manager. Donít overlook this resume writing tip, if you really want some attention.

5. No errors. (canít stress this one enough)
This resume writing tip is probably the one we see the most. It is everywhere. Despite that, we are human and we still make resume writing errors. More important than trying not to make errors, is getting someone to proof read your resume for you before you send it anywhere.

I write a lot about our mission to end resume fails. In fact one of the hashtags we use at The HBCU Career Center all the time is #EndResumeFails. We want to make sure job seekers donít get discarded because of things that can easily be addressed.

Dr. Marcia F. Robinson MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
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