What You Must Include In Your First Resume

Deciding what you must include in your first resume can be challenging and intimidating. Not having a clue about what sells in the real working world, or what sort of information the employers look for in a resume can leave you blank about what to highlight in your resume. Being a common woe among candidate for fresher jobs, we’ve decided to bring together the field and information that needs to be included in the first resume.

Note: It’s recommended that the sequence of the categories be adhered to for the sake of maintaining and abiding by the accepted format of a resume.

What to include in your first resume

Contact details - Ensure your name, email, telephone number and address is clearly mentioned. Also, your email ID should be a professional one, with your name. For instance, if your alicia.keys@gmail.com instead of sexylegs@ gmail.com.


Objective - Your career objective should be reflective of your future career plans, or something that you’re deeply passionate about doing. A good example will be - “To use my 4 years of writing experience in editing and external communications”.


Educational qualifications - Begin with the latest and end with the earliest. Include your grades if they’re good, else you can skip mentioning them.


Achievements - This is a section where you need to be assertive. Use action verbs such as assisted, won, managed, lead, created, achieved, etc. Also, this category should include the awards you’ve achieved, leadership roles you’ve played, certificates you’ve attained, social responsibilities you’ve been a part of, the forums or groups of which you’ve been a member of, sport achievements and achievements in other extra-circulars.


Skills - The most important of all is highlighting your computer skills here. You should also consider including advanced computer skills, mathematical ability, music knowledge, languages known and learned.


Work experience - This section should include any training work, or internships you’ve undergone, if you have no formal work experience.
References - This section is optional and should be included only if you have experienced people who can vouch for your skills and abilities.

Now that you know what to include in your first resume, you should be able to make it attractive and impacting by offering your prospective employer the information he/ she is looking for.

Do you have more suggestions for making a fresher’s resume more appealing? Share them with us in the comments below.

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