/ Asked by Adeyemi
I am a fresh college graduate. How do I make my resume attractive to employers?
Answered by Marisella, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Monday, November 23, 2015
Congratulations on recently finishing your degree! It's great that you're seeking professional advice on bulding your resume. Here are my best tips to make the most out of your resume:

1.) Format (contact info, education, work experience, relevant hard skills, and student organizations) are all the information you want to include in your resume
2.) Review examples online of resumes so you can get an idea of how to properly format the resume with approperiate bullet points, how to format dates of employment, etc. A well formatted resume is always an added bonus.

3.) Review key words in the job descriptions/qualifications section of each job you're applyng for. This will help you insert those key words into your resume. This helps as recruiters are searchng through resumes for key words, youre resume will most likely come up or at least look more appealing to what they are looking for. 

4.) Make sure your resume is customized to the specific job you're applying for. You should always have a saved general copy of your resume but you need to make edits each time you submit a resume to a new job. A resume is not a one-sized fits all type of item. It needs to be as customized and fitting as possible to the role you're seeking. Using the key words in the job description/qualifications sections of each job posting is key.

Hope these tips help! Good luck!        
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Monday, November 23, 2015
Congratulations on graduation! A resume is often the first impression you are making on an employer so you definitely want to make it as attractive as possible. A resume is your own marketing material to a potential organization. As a new college grad, you need to first look at what role(s) you are looking to target. Take a look at the job descriptions and see what the key things the roles are responsible for and their respective qualifications. There are many sites on the internet that will show you sample resumes to use for fomatting. You will then want to relate that information to your experience and list it on your resume. You can take any relevant coursework, as well as special projects you may have worked on for your classes. In addition, it is important to list any internships, co-ops or work you may have done while studying. The other area to include is any volunteer work or community service. An employer wants to understand who you are and what interests you have. Your resume shouldn't be more than one page and in a nice, easy to read font. You may want to tweak your resume based on the role you are applying to and don't hesitate to show it to people you may know in roles you are targeting so that they can also provide you with feedback. Good luck!
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.
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