Simple Resume Tips for Recent Graduates

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After hiring over 40 people in the past few years I’ve had the chance to look at a bunch of resumes. So, naturally, there a few things that consistently stand out. I’m no expert but here are a few tips geared specifically towards recent graduates:

  • Include everything on one page (there’s no way there’s more than one page worth of relevant info)
  • Include your major GPA and overall GPA, but only out to one decimal (recent Emory graduates have a tendency to take it out to three decimal places, so the career center over there must be telling them to do so)
  • Use no more than two fonts and make the layout consistent throughout
  • Double and triple check for typos and grammar (yes, my blog posts have both)
  • Make the purpose or goal paragraph at the top meaningful and don’t just say the desire is gainful employment
  • Read Mike Landman’s 7 Rules for Job Seekers

What else? What are some other resume tips for recent graduates?

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