According to Emerson College Career Services, recent graduates need to include their educational information before listing prior experience. Resumes for recent graduates also include activities on and off campus as well as previous employment, in reverse chronological order. As a recent graduate, the job seeker pulls primarily from skills and knowledge during a college career to format the resume.
After the letterhead section, a concise objective statement lets employers know the type of employment the job seeker wants and highlights the job seeker’s strengths. The next section is the education section. According to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Career Services, applicants list institutional information, including city and state of the college, along with degree type. The grade point average is only on the resume if it's at least 3.5.
Fresh graduates also include any academic awards to highlight the hard work and drive that also applies to life after college. Graduate students also highlight research in the field or presentation experience if it relates to the job. In the experience section, recent graduates showcase a work history, internship history and experience in school organizations. Resumes note leadership experience within organizations that transfer to a supervisory role.
Each line in the experience section starts with an action verb. An employer only glances over a resume, so recent graduates need to highlight the most relevant experience first.