What should I do if I am a recent graduate with no work experience?
Many graduates looking for their first jobs are often overwhelmed and nervous about the application process, fearing they have nothing of value to add to their resumes. However, to the contrary, a recent grad will always have some very good, relevant experience; it just takes creativity and reviewing your academic history and outside activities. Because you have successfully graduated, your education should be the show-stopper, so that the employer can see that you have recently graduated, and have navigated the numerous courses and responsibilities attendant to all academic endeavors.
Then, it is important to present a resume that speaks to what you have learned in school that matches the job description. Writing a strong Career Objective which includes your major and leadership skills would be a place to start, such as:
With a dual major in World Affairs and Foreign Languages, I am seeking an opportunity within a global organization where I can apply my knowledge and interests to an international team with a focus on the European Union.
During your education, you may have worked on academic projects, sports teams or community service activities that have given you valuable skills. Study groups; tutoring; team participation; managing your personal finances, are all skills that you may want to include.
Additionally, you will definitely want to list relevant course work that you completed while in college (or high school). Adding your GPA - if it is good; Honors or Awards; Technical Skills should also place prominently. Even though you think you have no experience, your part-time jobs during college; participation in a social group, Sorority or Fraternity; helping to organize activities, community service, writing lengthy papers and solving mathematical problems are all examples of experience that will contribute to your viability as a candidate.
Today, most schools and colleges have career counselors and individuals trained to help you with your resume, and who may be aware of local businesses anxious to hire recent graduates. So, seek out all available assistance, and you will be sure to write an excellent resume and land the perfect first job.