Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, February 5, 2016
It is always challenging to construct your resume when you are just starting your career and do not have significant on-the-job experience. Therefore, you need to place less emphasis on your work experience and more emphasis on your education and specifically, the other intangibles that can set you apart from your talent competition. The intangibles that I am referring to are things such as your leadership skills and experience, your community, campus, or church involvement, and project management experience from school. Start your resume by clearly stating your objective or by providing a brief summary of yourself. Then go straight into your education, being sure to list your GPA if it is above 3.0. Next go into these intangibles. The idea is to think of resume as a persuasive speech. You want to grab the reader's attention right of the bat and make them want to find out more. Therefore, it is important to lead with your strengths.