Congrats on finishing college! What is your major, and what sort of positions are you applying for?
The traditional resume format, and the one most expected by HR departments and recruiters, is called the "reverse chronological format." Work history is listed in reverse order, with most recent job first. If you have little work history, it is okay to add volunteer experience and internships to the work history section.
There is a bit of flexibility in what you do with your resume. It is YOUR marketing tool, designed to make YOU look like an attractive candidate. Please look at the website gotresumebuilder.com It is awesome, will guide you through it, and do all the formatting for you! When you get to the part where it asks for money, read it carefully. It is free if you enter a student ID or library card number!
Remember, you are not looking for someone to do you a favor and give you your first big break (welll, you are, but that's not what this is about.) Show that you have what they are looking for. . .. that you are interested in helping a business to make money or save money - safety, regulatory compliance, confidentiality, customer service, etc. READ the job announcement, understand it thoroughly. VISIT the company's website. Spend some time there. You will need to tailor your resume to the position you are applying for - it is not a one-size fits all situation.
Omit the Career Objective. No one uses those any more. Start with a strong "summary of qualifications." BUT: write this section last. That's because until you write the work history, you don't really know what makes you so great! Trust me! Also, it sometimes helps to think with real paper and pen, instead of an electronic gadget. The more you get to know yourself during the writing of the resume, the more prepared you will be for the interview! Don't take shortcuts and use canned job descriptions- use your own words.
Let me know how all of this goes for you, and if you hit obstacles or have any more questions. Also let me know when you are ready to discuss cover letters!