I partner a ton with new graduates completing their masters and Ph.D. degrees. They've either completed the program to switch careers entirely, or boost their careers up a notch!
Well, as we know [by now], our degrees do not work for us; we work our degrees! Meaning, simply completing all your credit hours and obtaining your diploma does not guarantee you the career/job. You will have your work put out for you once you graduate.
It all begins with the resume… Sure, you can network your way to the offer. But, you need a strong resume once you start landing interviews.. even the ones you’ve secured through your connections.
What I’ve commonly noticed about resumes for the new graduates I've encountered is, they sell the candidates short... significantly!
I am sharing my client’s resume, who’s a new graduate, with zero on-the-job experience in the career she’s transitioned into (from elementary school teaching to instructional design - WOOT WOOT!).
1. Her professional summary speaks to leadership and impact. Thank GOD it does not state an objective... We’ve narrowed in on the overall value she can bring to an organization. You know, sort of summarizing her background in a manner like job descriptions summarize the role in their opening descriptions. It is not bunched with keywords… though the key ones are *politely* sprinkled in.
2. It itemizes a list summary of qualifications so that she can pull from relevant education career or volunteer work/experiences instead of just focusing on what’s done at her jobs. These were qualifications companies were asking for in her target JDs and resonates with hiring managers.
3. Education is listed up top, rather than at the bottom of her resume.
4. Professional experience was stated, but deemphasized so that we could focus on her most relevant skills or experiences.
5. The resume demonstrated special projects or undertakings to further convey passion toward the field and leadership.
6. Oh yeah, it’s a MYTH (!!!) that resumes are required to be 1 page, so we weren’t afraid to let it all out.