I received an email from a recent nursing graduate who has just passed the Nursing Licensure Examination. He is asking me about the information that he should include in his resume considering that he doesn’t have work experience.
Recent Graduate Resume Content
To those startup job seekers like him who are asking the same question and uncertain on what to put in their resumes, the following are the significant information that you should put in your resume:
1. Qualifications Summary
When I was still working as an Administrative Secretary, I used to screen applicants by looking at their resumes. What I discovered was out of 30 applicants, 28 use an objective in their resumes. The fact is, employers don’t care what you want, they are after what you can do for them, so why use an objective when you can highlight your strength for the position.
A Qualifications Summary is a 3-5 impactful sentences or 3-5 bulleted statements that relate your professional skills & experience, abilities and talents, credentials, achievements and accomplishments, quantifiable results, or anything that makes you most qualified for the job.
Highly motivated and dedicated Graduate with a strong record of academic achievement. Proven performer with effective combination of sales ability and customer service expertise. Highly organized with the ability to consistently meet deadlines.
For recent graduates, this can be your edge among other applicants especially if you graduated from a prestigious school. If you have thesis, research projects, internships, studies abroad and continuing education, much better.
AB in English Language Studies 2014
University of Santo Tomas, España Blvd, Manila
Related Coursework: English and Modern Languages, History and English, or Classics and English.
3. Awards, Honors & Publications
Did you graduate with honors? Include Awards and Honors that you received. If you have an exceptional GPA (General Propensity Average) or if you have career-related publications, include it in your resume. These can make you stand out from the crowd and these are proofs of your successes.
AB in English Language Studies (cum laude), Dean’s List, GPA: 1.3 2014
University of Santo Tomas, España Blvd, Manila
4. Computer Literacy
As what Martin Yate, CPC said, author of the Knock ’em Dead Series, “It is pretty much a given that you need to be computer literate to hold down any job today, as just about every job expects competency with Microsoft Word and e-mail. Similarly, proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint is becoming a skill it is risky not to possess.” What do you possess that other applicants don’t? Put software applications you know, hardware and programming languages related to the position you’re applying.
Operating System Windows OS, Mac OSX
Software MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), Adobe Photoshop, Corel WordPerfect, Adobe Acrobat
5. Licenses, Certificates, Training & Seminars
Licenses and certifications improve an applicant’s candidacy especially if the licenses are related to the position applied.
Example: (Nursing Graduate)
CPR/BLS Certification • 6/2014
IV Insertion Certification • 5/2010
CAPD Cycler • 2009
6. Organization Membership & Professional Affiliations
In most cases, being a member of a professional organization increases an applicant’s chance for the position. If you are looking for PRC accredited professional organizations in the Philippines, you can find the list here.
7. Part-time Jobs
Have you been working while studying? Include it in your resume.This is a sign of your initiative and your perseverance.
Now that you have the idea of what to include in your resume, you should know how to put them in the most effective order. Here’s what to remember, put the most important qualification at the top of your resume and put the least important at the bottom. The following chronology is most effective for recent graduates:
- Name & contact details
- Qualifications Summary
- Licenses & Certification
- Awards, Honors & Publication
- Part-time Jobs
- Computer Literacy
- Professional Affiliations
Lastly, since you don’t have much experience yet, keep your resume length to a minimum (one page is enough). After you identified your qualifications, trim the least relevant information for the position you’re applying. To give you a head start in writing your resume, you can find below a sample Recent Graduate Resume.
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