Resume Writing Tips for Freshers

One of the most crucial aspects of scouting for a job as a fresher is your resume, a strong medium that helps you market yourself to the prospective employer. It has it all in a page or two. Your primary and ancillary skills, academic milestones, personal dossier etc. As a fresher, having a strong resume is as important as your interview since you do not have the professional experience to boast of.

Most of us fail to understand the nuances of a good resume writing and end up replicating a format from a fellow or pick up samples from the internet. The irony is that most of these samples do not fit the bill, defeating the purpose. Here are our tips that will help you in building a solid resume on your own, much to your help in improving chances of landing a job.

How to Build an Effective Resume

The following sections have been defined in a chronological order. Following them in this order is highly recommended.

Resume Tips

Name and Contact Details

The top most section of your resume that contains your full legal name in a larger font (maintain standard size for rest of the content) followed by your contact details like communication address, email id and mobile number. This space is supposed to help the recruiter get acquainted with your identity.

Career Objective

This section should appear on top of your resume and should clearly define your career mission and how your skills can benefit the organisation. Do not make it sound like an extended oath. A maximum of 3 lines would be sufficient.

Your Profile Snapshot

This is probably, the most important section of the resume that the recruiter will be interested in. It should carry a clear definition of your last educational qualification along with key skills and academic achievements. Details of significant projects, workshops attended and all those activities that speaks about your ability should be added here.

Break up of any freelance/part time jobs/apprenticeship can be included here if it helps in throwing weight to your profile.

Education Credentials

Provide details of your education right from schooling to degree/graduation in chronological order with details of the university or name of institute with percentage or grade scored at the end of each one. Also provide year of completion and reason for break in education, if any.

Additional section for Proficiency & Hobbies

Here, you can provide details of your working knowledge of software packages such as MS office or break up of your hands on specific tools or machinery. Inclusion of details of your hobbies speaks about the kind of person you’re and throws light on your personality.

In addition to the above, feel free to include sections/information relevant to your qualification or the company you’re applying with. Overall, 2 pages of content is more than sufficient for a fresher’s resume.

Things You Must Do While Writing a Fresher’s Resume

  • Standard font and sizing throughout
  • Use effective titles and for all sections and add bullet points where necessary
  • Spacing with proper header and footers
  • Use market vetted keywords/terms
  • Standard alignment and justification

Things You Must Not Do While Writing a Fresher’s Resume

  • Grammatical and spelling errors
  • Use pictures or drafting a rather long and boring resume with unwanted information
  • Using a casual tone and providing irrelevent work/project experience
  • Format that is not in conformity with industry standards

  1. Are you able to receive unemployment in the state of Ga if you receive lump sum severance (which was the same pay as a 2 week regular paycheck)

    1. Sid,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

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      1. I’m confused the article is about extending unemployment benefits in Texas but there hasn’t been any approved Emergency extensions since 2013. Can you clarify this.

        1. Glo,

          The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

  2. I’m attemptiing to file my first weekly claim since my layoff, however, my PIN# is not correct. what do I do to get my correct PIN# , please?

  3. I have exhausted my unemployment benefits in Texas but my calendar year does not end until September. Do I have to wait until the calendar year is over in Texas, to apply for unemployment benefits in New York in which I have available quarters?

    1. Mattie,

      As much as I am aware, UI benefits are only a one-time cycle. Please call the Claims Center for clarification.

  4. Help ran out of unemployment benefits for the pass 8 years i have worked at Hexion speciality chemical plant in Brady Texas how can i get my benefits extended

    1. Roderick,

      The E.U.C(Emergency Unemployment Compensation) remains expired. There is no extension available. Please inquire further with the labor authorities in your state by calling them.

    1. Annette,

      You can visit the official website of the Unemployment Office and ‘login’ to check the claim status. Alternatively, you can also call the Claims Center.

      PS: It should not take 6 weeks to process the initial claim. Please chase at regular intervals.

    1. Jocelyn,

      Unemployment is offered to claimants who’re able and available for work. Please call the Unemployment Office to ascertain if you can apply.

  5. I have been working for the same company for the past 11 years. I started out cleaning apartments, then landscaping and finally Asst. Manager for the past seven years. However, the owner/ manager had us all sign papers claiming we were “Independent Contractors.” I worked Monday thru Friday from 8am – 5pm the entire 11 years. Obviously, in reality, we had Never been “Independent Contractors.”
    Finally, October 2018 we became employee’s. On May 10, 2019 he sold the business which puts us all out of work. I tried filing for unemployment, but, I don’t have enough quarters in. Assuming I’m still out of work, can I wait for the next quarter to end, thus giving me the 2 quarters I need or will it not make a difference.

    1. Lea,

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  6. I have been working as an hourly employee for the last 4 months. Currently the board of the nonprofit agency came to me and told me that I had to file a 1099 or go to part time or find a new job. I have a scheduled time that I report to work. What are the laws here in Florida about who can receive a 1099

  7. I am unemployed and currently going to a community college. How can I apply for federal assistance?

    1. Carol,

      If you’re able and available for full-time employment, you can directly go to the website of the Unemployment Office and apply.

  8. I have worked in AZ since March 2016. However, I moved lived and worked for my employer in CA since 08/02/1982. Can I apply for Cali unemployment benefits?

    1. Robert,

      You should be applying from the state where your employment was based. Employers generally remit unemployment taxes to the state where the employee is based.

      1. How long does it take Washington state unemployment to deposit your back pay after they receive the determination letter from OAH stating I won my appeal?

  9. I have been trying for over a month to file and I still do not seem to be able to do it, but I finally got to the correct place, I think.

  10. Cumberland NJ Unemployment Center kept me on hold for 2 hours; I finally had someone answer my call, after providing my information and question regarding the status of my NJ Unemployment Claim the representative disconnected my call.

  11. Excellent list of things to help execute better. Even taking 3 or 4 of these that one does not currently utilize could help immensely.

    1. How did you calculate the total weekly Illinois benefit of $1495? Also, why isn’t Washington and Minnesota listed in your top 5 states with the highest paid unemployment insurance compensation?

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