Larry Polhill (Café) Valley Shares Tips on How to Write a Professional CV after College

You’re ready to get out in the real world but you don’t have any “relevant” work experiences to put on your CV since you’re fresh out of college. How can you land a “real” job when you don’t even have a professional resume? Consultant Larry Polhill (Café) Valley shares a few tips on how to write a resume even without extensive job experience. Fresh graduates may pick up a thing or two from this post; you’re encouraged to continue on below to read Larry Polhill’s tips.

Transferable Skills

Did you work part-time while you were still in college? What was the nature of the job? College students usually work part-time at fast food joints, whether as a server or behind the scenes in the kitchen. Sometimes, they work as babysitters to a neighbor’s young one and at other times, they helped at retail stores. Do not regard your work experiences in any of these areas as dismissible because your stints at these odd jobs provide an excellent reference for your transferable skills.

What are transferable skills?

In a nutshell, these are sets of skills that you can apply to various employment settings. While they’re usually general in nature, these can get you started on your career. Examples of these include computer skills, interpersonal or customer service skills, written communication, time management, budgeting and computing, problem-solving, an ability to work independently when needed, or the capacity to instruct or lead a team,.

Looking closely at the examples given above, you can see that these are skills that you may have developed working the tables at a restaurant, being in charge of a neighbor’s toddler, or assisting customers at a retail store.

Clubs, organizations or volunteer work

Even if you never got paid for work during college, there are still other avenues that you can reference for your transferable skills. If you were part of a college club or organization, what were your responsibilities? How did you help the organization meet its goals?

Did you volunteer at a local shelter or community center? You can also use your experiences from volunteer work as your starting point.

The bottom line is that you are not without experience; you only have to look at all you’ve accomplished during your years in college to give you something of substance to put in your resume.

Usually, fresh-out-of-college resumes start with your educational background and then your list of experiences follow (with experienced professionals, it’s usually the other way around). Some HR experts say that including your GPA is okay so long as it’s above 3.0 (others say it should be at least 3.8); but your GPA isn’t really necessary. It’s up to you whether to include it or not.

In the coming days, Larry Polhill (Café) Valley will share more tips on landing a job interview, do’s and don’ts of resume writing, and more, so please stay tuned for those. If you’d like to comment on this post, or you wish to get in touch with Larry Polhill, please feel free to leave him a message below.

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