I have been helping a friend edit her resume and cover letter over the past week. Her main worry is that she will seem young since she just graduated. The problem is…she is young. So what do you do?
She’s applying for a position that is not above her skill level, but the employers may be looking for more experience. That’s always the catch 22 in job searching. I know you’ve heard it before: “how can I get more experience if every job requires that you already have experience?”
Thankfully, there are some ways you can make sure that you come across experienced and well rounded.
1. Volunteer! Do everything you can think of without pay to learn, gain wisdom and compassion, and build your work ethic
2. Travel: It always helps to have various cultural experiences under your belt
3. Be confident, not arrogant: New grads often have a hard time being humble and confident at the same time. You don’t have to oversell yourself, nor do you have to apologize for lack of experience. Instead highlight your ability to learn quickly.
4. Build great references: One strong reference can overwrite any lack of experience
5. Get professional resume editing: This is not the time to overlook a typo or formatting problems. Make sure you come across accurately on paper.
No matter what, make sure you are polite, professional, and keep plugging away even when you get rejected. Eventually, the right employer will say yes!