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Freshers Guide to Write Strong Resume with 1MillionResume

College Student Resume

As a Fresher or Student – you are creating your first resume and your most common problem is that you are not sure what to write in your Resume. At 1millionresume.com – we have guided multiple freshers/college students who are writing resumes for the first time. Even if I tell them to write Career Objective or Extra Curricular or Projects sections – they don’t know what to write in them and how to write.

Even though our AI Resume Builder helps them with resume templates and format but telling freshers – how to write a resume is not easy for the software. To solve this I am creating this guide and I will try to make the resume creation process as interesting as possible.

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➡️ What resume format or template is good for Freshers?

➡️ How long Fresher Resume be?

➡️ My resume does not even cover one full page

➡️ What resume format or template is good for Fresher?

I am assuming you are a fresher/college student looking for a job. And you can’t get that job without resume.

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So let’s start with what you already know 👇

Contact Information

On top of your resume – you need to mention

  1. Name in big font
  2. Email address
  3. Contact number
  4. Your city and country (complete address is not required)

📌Adding Social Links

In recent years, it is common practice to mention your LinkedIn or github or portfolio or website on resume. Social links can either go on top of Resume after contact information or at the bottom of resume as a footer.
Look at the 1MillionResume template example below –

Modern Resume template showing contact information with social links

Education Section

Start Writing from your most recent education/degree and go all the way back to Intermediate and High schooling.

What details do you need to mention –

  1. Degree (Example – Master of Business Administration)/ Bachelor’s Degree / Intermediate / High School
  2. Discipline in case of graduate or postgraduate (Example – in Finance or Marketing)
  3. College or school Name with address (only city and country)
  4. Start Year of education/qualification
  5. Completion Year of education/qualification

What should be the format of the Education Section?

Below is a sample format from our Glacier Chill Resume Template 👇

Education section resume format from 1millionresume

📌Should you mention grades (GPA) in your Resume?

When Applying for the first Job or Internship – a fresher should mention grades in resume. Now if your grades are below average – don’t mention them in your resume else they will give a negative impression.

📌Adding Coursework?

As a Fresher, you should add courses you studied in your current degree/education but

➡️ a) you should have good knowledge if it

➡️ b) course knowledge should be related to your next job


Skills Section

You can write skills in a simple comma-separated manner. You should write about your professional skills, technical skills or tools and soft skills.

Kunal, I still don’t know what to write in my skills. I need help. – This is common if you are writing your first resume. So use the below formula

  1. Think about all the courses you have taken during your degree/education – is there a skill that you will use in your next job.
    Example from IT / Software – you must have studied 1 programming language, Data Structure and Algorithms. So you can write – “C, Java, Data Structure, Algorithms” in the skills section
    Example from MBA – say MBA in sales, then you might know – Market Analysis, Sales, Forecasting and Budgeting, Customer Relationship Management etc. These you can write in the skills section
  2. Have you gone through training/certifications. These are usually skill-oriented. So identify and list those skills under the “Skills” section.
  3. Technical Tools – there are common tools like MS Office, MS Excel etc. Like this think about the tools that you know and if those will be used in next job. Add these as skills.
  4. Soft Skills – these are equally important. Common soft skills used by Freshers / Students are – Attention to Detail, Problem Solving, Communication, Teamwork etc.

I assume now you will be able to write skills section. If this doesn’t answer your question – please ask in comments and 1MillionResume will be happy to answer.

Example of Skills section 👇


Career Objective Section

Career objective Tell the employer about your aspirations related to career and next job. You can also mention your top skills, the industry you want to work in and your internship duration if any.

My video has helped more than 125000 freshers and professionals in creating a suitable career objective and not a copy-paste from Google. Jump to the post.

75 profession-wise career objective examples are here.
Example –

Enthusiastic, confident and problem solving individual having knowledge of Java, Python and DBMS along with communication skills and time management skills. Aspiring to secure Software Engineer position with organisation that will provide me opportunities to learn, grow and benifit from my technical knowledge.

Example Career Objective for Aspiring Software Engineer

Certifications & Trainings

You can write your certifications and training point-wise.

  1. For Certificates – mention the name of the certification, the year of certification and who provided that certification (certification authority)
  2. For Training – mention the training name, duration, training institute and your learnings from this training in the same sentence.

Example below –

Example to write certification and trainings in resume from 1millionresume.com

Projects

90% of Freshers don’t use this section’s power because they don’t know. But you can.

The project section is very useful in IT Industry. Let me tell you how can you write the Projects section in your resume –

You need to write the project name and description or few points about your work on that project.

Do the below for every project –

  1. In the first point write a description of the project or “What was the project about”
  2. Second point – What you did in that project, roles and responsibility
  3. Third point – which module/parts you have worked on and what all technologies/skills you have used.

Example

1millionresume project experience example

How many projects should you mention?

you can mention 2-4 projects in your resume. These should be a mix of recent projects and projects where your contribution is good.

👉 Make sure these projects are refreshed in your memory and you are prepared to answer questions on it.


Languages

Write about your spoken languages in comma comma-separated manner. No scale/icon or fancy stuff is needed.


Internship Experience

Write your Internship Experience under the Work Experience section

You need to mention –

  1. Your Role name (for example – Data Science Intern)
  2. Company Name with address (city and country)
  3. Duration in month-year format
  4. 2-3 points about work you have done as an Intern

Having difficulty in how to write these bullet points? Here is 1MillionResume formula 👇

Write your top 3 responsibilities as 3 separate points. Even if it is one word, don’t worry I will explain to you – How to write a whole point from just 1 word.

So I am taking example of Sales Intern at 1MillionResume – AI Resume Builder. The top 3 responsibilities are

  1. Preparing Weekly reports
  2. Calling and Emailing new customers
  3. Talking to the new business lead

Now I will elaborate on point #1 to show you –

What are these reports about and for whom I am preparing these reports. Based on this if I enhance point no 1, it becomes

  1. Prepare weekly new leads report, analyse free plan and premium plan sales and conversion for senior management.

Better than a few words? We can improve further by adding – What is the result of this?

  1. Prepare weekly new leads report, analyse free and premium plan sales and conversion for senior management. This results in easy tracking of weekly and monthly sales for AI Resume Builder.

🔥So this is how you can convert a single word responsibility into a full bullet point for experience section. Try doing this for your use case.

If you are still stuck, let me know in the comments.

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Till here you have seen the most important sections that freshers’s resume should have. What else can you add to make your resume stand out.

Landing an Interview for Freshers / Students is like winning the lottery 🎰

Look at this job posting from LinkedIn 👉
over 2000 candidates have applied

650 applications per day

Everyone on #linkedin applied from Entry level to Senior, Manager and 2 CXOs.

How will you stand out in this?

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Resume Headline

For Fresher – it is a short version of the role and industry you are targetting.

Example – Aspiring Data Scientist


Extra-curricular Activities

If you have organised or co-ordinated any activity during college or any activity outside your studies that shows your potential, then you can add those activities as bullet points.

If you have good points to write in this section, this can set you apart from your friends and peers.

Example 👇


Volunteer Experience

You can mention Volunteer activity you have performed for Institution or NGO. Usually, these activities are for a few weeks to few months. The structure of this section is similar to Experience section described earlier.

It can be a great addition to your resume if Volunteership that you have done, uses your current skillset. Do highlight those skills used with context in bullet points.

What do you need to write?

  1. Your Role Name for Volunteership (Example – Volunteer IT Engineer)
  2. Company or Institution with Address (city and country)
  3. Duration of Volunteership
  4. Description that tells about work you did as a volunteer

Strengths

You can mention your top strengths like – Positive Attitude, Hard Working, Focused etc

Use this section if you don’t have enough details to fill 1 page or if you have a key strength that you want to highlight. Otherwise, give other sections a priority over this.


Should you write “Declaration” at the end of your Resume?

No. Writing a Declaration in Resume is an old tradition and no longer needed in 2024. Companies assume the information mentioned on resume is correct and they will ask you to confirm this separately if they need it.


Hobbies and Interests

You can add your Hobbies and Interests which can be relevant to your next Job.

You can write this in comma-separated manner.

Again, use this section if you don’t have enough details to fill a one-page resume, else give other sections priority.


Achievements

You can write your academic or work-related achievements under this section.

You can write Awards here too but if you have more than 3 awards, then you can choose to write them in a separate “Awards” section as well.

Write your Achievements and Awards in a bullet-point manner.

Example –

achievements section example from 1millionresume

Common Question that you might have

No. Personal Information should not be mentioned in resume because it creates a bias in hiring process. Countries like USA have a non-discrimination policy so if you are applying in the USA with personal information on resume – they have to reject you.

Now there can be exceptions to this rule and if your country has a common practice of say asking about gender on resume – you can mention that.

💡Our Recommendation – not to mention any personal information on resume and If recruiter needs it, they will ask.

In 1millionresume.com – you can add “Other Details” section where you can add your Work Authorization in other country or Visa Status. You can also mention any personal details if it is a must on resume.

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Your Question is not covered?

Ask that question in the comments below and we will answer.


For college students, a one-page resume is usually sufficient.

Yes, a well-crafted cover letter can provide additional context and persuade employers to give your resume a closer look.

Focus on your skills, academic achievements, and extracurricular activities.


Conclusion

Creating a compelling college student resume may seem boring and challenging, but with our explained approach, you can write a resume to showcases your potential and sets you on the path to a successful career.

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