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Resume Format for a New Grad?

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Anonymous User at Taro Community9 months ago

I viewed the resume masterclass video presented by Alex and Rahul, and in the video, Alex's resume was featured. It consisted of three sections: work experience, projects, and education.

For a recent graduate without any work experience, is it acceptable to have just the projects and education sections in their resume? Or does it seem too limited, potentially having a downside when applying for jobs?

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    Android Engineer @ Robinhood
    9 months ago

    I'd follow this format (from top to bottom):

    • Work experience
    • Side projects
    • Skills
    • Education

    As a new grad, having a limited resume is fine. A lot of your time was dedicated to school, so it's fairly hard to find something meaty enough to properly fit on a resume.

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    Tech Lead @ Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero
    9 months ago

    At the end of the day, you don't have what you don't have. If you have absolutely 0 work experience, then you have to leave that section blank.

    Is that acceptable? Yes, in that there will still be somebody out there willing to give you that first chance.

    Will it be hard? Also yes, the market for junior engineers has always been extremely competitive, even when the tech economy was good.

    Can you mitigate the problem? Also yes! You shouldn't let a lack of a job stop you from building real-world, impactful software - Build great side projects! Check out this playlist to learn how to do that: [Taro Top 10] Building Impressive Side Projects

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    Tech Lead @ Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero
    9 months ago

    So for students, you can try something like this if you have 0 work experience (i.e. no internships or non-tech jobs):

    • Skills Overview
    • Education
      • Include your GPA if it's high (i.e. around 3.5 range or higher)
      • Add all the courses you have taken
    • Projects