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Modern Take on ResumesUltimately, it doesn’t matter what your resume looks like – unless there are grammatical and punctuation errors – but resume templates have gone through a physical transformation in the past few years. You will find many resumes that look more like a social media profile, featuring a headshot of the applicant. These definitely grab your attention and can be especially valuable to those looking for a position in a creative, sales, or marketing field. They also enable prospective employers to put a face with the content on the resume. You don’t have to be an amazing designer to get a modern day look either. Sites like Canva allow users to create visually impressive resumes with minimal design experience. However, it should be noted that a flashy resume won’t win you a job offer over a standard, black-and-white summary of your experiences. It’s not about how the resume looks; it’s all about what it says (unless you are applying for a role where your design skills should be showcased).
Writing a Resume without Work ExperienceMany college graduates face the task of creating a resume without work experience – or rather experience that they’re willing to showcase. When it comes to your first resume out of college, though, any work experience is good. Whether you spent summers flipping burgers or semesters in college working as a mail assistant in the admissions office, these part-time jobs are worth mentioning on your resume. They display your ability to work on a team, follow instructions, and willingness to contribute to a company’s goals. You may not feel like you did much or learned anything that would be applicable to your first real job out of college, but you did. You can highlight how many tangible goals you helped to meet as well as any special tasks or projects were entrusted to you. If you were part of an extracurricular group or honors society at school, your involvement and the roles in which you served can be great practice for the real world. Discuss the responsibilities you had as well as the improvements you made. If you need further inspiration, check out the recent college graduate resume below for more help.