/ Asked by shelby
I recently graduated with my bachelors in Ag Economics. I have started the job hunt, but I keep hearing back from companies about how I did not get the job.  I was wondering if there is any way I could make myself stand out more or look more qualified. I was very active in sports during college and I have only had summer/ seasonal jobs. Thanks!
Answered by Dawn, Hiring Expert at Daikin Applied, on Monday, August 26, 2013
I recommend partnering with your university's career services department.  Ask them to review your resume to ensure that previous experience includes quantifiable deliverables, goals, and accomplishments.

Also, pay close attention to the minimum qualifications of the jobs that you are applying for.  If it specifies anything other than entry level, you may find that you are applying to positions that you are not qualified for.

Ask your university for advice on how to target entry level positions.  Your seasonal and summer positions may put you ahead of the pack.

Best of luck! 
Answered by Jill, Hiring Expert at HCA Healthcare, on Monday, August 26, 2013
I agree with Dawn’s suggestion to make sure you are applying to entry level positions based on the job description. It is also a great idea to utilize your college’s resources and have someone in Career Services look over your resume.
Because you have been active in sports, I would list any leadership roles that you held like team captain. You can also list project work for classes on your resume especially if it lasted the whole semester. If you are applying for more technical roles, make sure to list any experience you have with computer software and social media.
Make sure you keep your summer or seasonal work on your resume to show the work experience you already have. Even if those jobs were not long term or in your career field, it is good to see that you have experience in the work force and will not be coming right out of college with no work experience.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, September 13, 2013
One approach that may be effective is to tailor your resume to each position to which you apply.  Take a close look at the qualifications and make sure that your resume and cover letter is focused on those qualificiation.  In additon, companies are very interested in leadership skills.  If though your sports and/or other activities, you acted in a leadership role, be sure to demonstrate that on your resume and perhaps show how that leadership experience could help you succeed in the job for which you are applying.
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