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As a recent graduate, it can be really tricky to write an informative, professional-looking resume. Thankfully you can use this University of Wisconsin graduate resume sample to learn about common resume writing mistakes and how you can avoid them in your own resume. These tips will help you to include information that hiring managers are looking for in your resume while avoiding making your resume seem juvenile and sparse. ? Promote yourself in your summary section ? Self-promotion is a big part of any and all resumes. You have to make sure to use each of your sections to show the hiring manager what makes you a good candidate for the job in question. Experts suggest that your first section should be a summary that is four to six sentences that focuses on your past experience, the skills you have that will help you in the job and any important personality traits. Of course, as a recent graduate you may not have that much experience to discuss, but you can still focus on what you have done in the past and how it will help you succeed in the future. On the sample resume, the applicant has a career focus section that does not do a good job of promoting, but it could be fleshed out a little bit to make it better: Recent graduate with excellent research, time management and problem solving skills. Ability to function at a high level in a wide variety of settings. Team focused and able to follow or lead as needed. Always looking for ways to continue learning and improving. Looking forward to educating the public on Scandinavian history and culture. ? Put your most recent experience first ? Part of the self-promotion of a resume is showing the hiring manager what you have accomplished most recently. As a recent graduate, this will of course mean that you should have your education section listed before your experience section. On the sample resume, the applicant includes an academic program that took place in 2009 before the graduation that took place in 2013. Because the applicant has graduated more recently, this experience should come before the academic program experience in order to really showcase where the applicant has been most recently. When you build your own resume, put your recent experience ahead of everything else to help the hiring manager see what you have accomplished. ? Focus on applicable experience ? As a recent graduate you have some unique challenges especially when it comes to your experience section. You may not have any truly applicable experience, but you should try to write about all of your experience in a way that shows the skills you have that will be useful in the position that you are now applying for. For example, on the University of Wisconsin graduate resume sample the applicant’s past experience ranges from childcare provider to barista, but everything can be talked about in a way that showcases skills and abilities needed for the job in question. The way you write about your experience will depend on the job that you are trying to get, but no matter what kind of experience you have had in the past you can still use it to promote yourself. Focus on any applicable experience that you might have or showcase how you can use what you have done in the past to be a good worker. ? Keep format consistent ? Finally, you have to work to make the entire resume professional looking by ensuring that the formatting is consistent. On the sample resume, the formatting of the experience section is not consistent. The starting and end dates of each position are not listed in the same way or in the same place. You can increase the readability of your resume by consistently listing this type of information throughout each section. Consistent formatting can be the difference between getting an interview and never hearing from that hiring manager. Now that you know a little bit more about writing a resume as a recent graduate, you should get started working on your own document. Use QuintCareer’s Resume Builder to ensure that you end up with a resume that you can be proud of.