Real World Resume Tips for Recent Grads

    By Bailey Gannett, Associate Communications Specialist at Cherwell, Communications Committee 

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, public relations jobs are projected to grow 9 percent by 2026, meaning that there are many new opportunities for young professionals to join the PR world. Despite the growth, finding a position can still present a daunting task for new graduates. One of the best things a recent graduate can do to ensure success is to have a resume that best represents your capabilities and talents.

    Creating and updating your resume can be overwhelming. You are taking your experience and deciding what seems important, then summing it up on one page with the hopes that a recruiter will look at it for more than the eight-second average glance. Don’t let your resume get lost in the piles of other PR graduates; use the tips below to stand out and join PRSA Colorado for more professionalism tips and workshop opportunities. 

    Tip #1: One Page Only

    Undergraduate resumes need to be one page. Not even front and back, just one single page. Your resume should be as scannable and succinct as possible, highlighting your most relevant PR- and communications-related experiences, transferrable skills and results that present you as the best candidate for the job.

    Tip #2: Tailored and Talented

    Every resume and cover letter you submit to each job or post-college internship needs to be tailored to the specific position. Do not just submit a generic resume. Instead, be mindful and utilize specific key words. As PR Professionals, one of our major skills is the ability to get personal and tell a good story; think of your resume the same as a well-crafted pitch you would give a client.  

    Tip #3: Results Matter

    Keywords are great, but don’t neglect adding quantifiable results throughout your resume experiences as well. Employers want to know tangible numbers, even if they are approximate. Experiences are only as valuable as the lessons learned. Results can either be quantifiable numbers or soft skills gained from the experience.

    Tip #4: LinkedIn Love

    In a digital age, we all need to have a digital presence, especially as a future PR professional. LinkedIn is the fastest growing professional networking website. It’s a great place to host your resume and further experience and projects. Include your LinkedIn URL on the contact information section of your resume.

    Tip #5: Professional Associations

    Professional Associations like PRSSA or PRSA can help your resume standout amongst a sea of other likely candidates. Involvement in these organizations provide you with a valuable network and teach critical skills needed in the PR world. PRSA Colorado’s Young Professionals group, for example, provides opportunities year-round for resume and cover letter reviews, headshots and networking happy hours with other like-minded, new communications professionals.

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