How can I boost my resume?
I have a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering but I don’t have much job experience and I didn’t do internship because my scholarship agreement didn’t allow it. What are some ways I can boost my resume so that I can stand out among applicants? Right now I’m trying to get certified in solid works. What are some other things I can do?
I would focus on the following categories: education, jobs, volunteer opportunities and organizations, and special skills/certificates.
Education - Have you taken any classes or had any academic events/experiences that are unique or can highlight some of your skills? If so, be sure to include that information in your resume. This may help you stand out compared to other applicants.
Jobs - Though you weren't able to be part of an internship, do you have past experience in any other work setting? If so, list it out and try to expand upon your experiences. If possible, try to highlight the parts of the job that relate most to the field you're interested in. Feel free to tailor your resume to the position you're applying to, as well. This can help you to look at what skills the job is looking for, and how your experience fits into that. Looking into your experiences and skills this way can also help you in the interview.
Volunteer opportunities/organizations - If you have been able to be part of any volunteer organizations or events, I would list them out and highlight the role you had. Again, if possible, try to highlight parts of the experience that relate most to the field you're interested in. Feel free to tailor your resume to the position you're applying to, as well. I would also include any clubs or other organizations you have been involved in.
Special skills/certificates - You noted you're working on getting a certification. I would absolutely include that on your resume, as well as any other special skills or certifications you have earned(also include any awards, you may even consider listing the scholarship you were awarded here). You can always note the progress you've made here, or save that as a talking point in your interview. I would also take a look at the job description and see if they're looking for any skills you know you have so you can be sure to include/highlight that as well!
Feel free to reach out with any questions! Good luck!
Carole recommends the following next steps:
Sometimes bullet points don't stand out to someone quickly looking at the resume. I think it helps to be explicit in calling out why you would be a good fit in the objective section. The objective section also gives the recruiter something to read and helps them reach the conclusion you want them to reach, as opposed to having to draw conclusions based on all of the bullet points.
Mark recommends the following next steps:
Focus on the things you can control. Develop and add skill sets that will set you apart. If you do this, the interviewer may ask you about them as well, so be prepared for that.
Skills and volunteer work always look good as long as they are genuine.
I had interviews with recent graduates for pharmacists position who don't have that much job experience or internship. My recommendation is highlight what you have like education or volunteer work. Do some research before submitting your resume. Find out what that position is for or what kind of skill they require. You can modify or tailor resume based on the position you're applying to . If you take any classes or did project related to that job you', then emphasize those. Explain more about those classes or project and show a future employer you have skill or understanding on that position. Even if you don't have specific skill or certificate related to the position you're applying to, you can still show your positive attitude and willingness to help others in volunteer opportunities/organizations. Good luck!