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As college students finish their degrees a whirlwind of emotions can fill their minds
and hearts. They think about the effort they have put into completely their degrees.
They also begin to worry about the next step after college. It can be scary for some to
think about the 'real world' or life after school. Like or not, entering the workforce is
the reality for most college graduates. This is why it is important for college students
to think about starter resumes.

Many college students have done some part time work or summer work while they are
in school. Some have not necessarily worked 'real jobs' but they may have been
involved in other organizations or accomplished some things during school. The
difference between starter resumes for college students and traditional resumes is that
they are generally less filled with work content. Someone with an established career
likely has detailed work experiences on their resume. On the contrary starter resumes
for college students need to highlight the person's abilities using a more limited body
of work.

One of the biggest differences, often, with starter resumes for college students is that
they are sometimes organized differently than someone's resume that has an
established career. Graduates with very little work experience likely want to highlight
their education first in their resume. This communicates immediately to the employer
that the applicant has just completed a degree. Established working adults usually list
work experience earlier, chronologically, and place education near the end of the
resume. Most of the time, employers are going to be wondering, "What have you done
lately?"

Another difference with starter resumes for college students is that they usually
include more details of awards, accomplishments, organizations and activities. For
college graduates, this volunteer or extracurricular involvement is a great way to sell
ambition, work ethic, and other personal qualities to an employer, when work
experience is lacking.

College students preparing to enter the working world regularly undervalue their work
experience, however. Many college students have developed sales and customer
service skills, and other work related abilities during high school and college work.
While the length and depth of experience may not be as much as an older candidate
for a position, it is important to point out skill development effectively within starter
resumes.

The challenge for many college students or new grads is that they often have not
received adequate training on putting together an effective resume. Many would
benefit from looking to professional resume and cover letter services that can help the
new graduate market themselves at full potential for the initial job search. Some
young people do not understand the return on investment of paying a modest fee for
such services.
Additionally, many professional resume and cover letter services do not take into
account the unique needs and requirements of college students. Starter resumes
usually require less time and detail as management or executive level resumes. The
key is more to effectively sell the limited work experience, education, and activities of
the new employee prospect.