How to Format a Fresher Resume (With Tips and Examples)

By Indeed Editorial Team

November 23, 2020

When you have recently graduated from college or are entering the workforce for the first time, certain resume formats can help you stand out to recruiters and hiring managers. The format you choose for your resume as a fresher is important to properly highlight your skills and strengths. In this article, we explain what a fresher resume is, why the format you choose for your fresher resume is important and how to write a fresher resume with tips and examples.

What is a fresher resume?

A fresher resume refers to a resume created by an individual who has recently graduated from high school or college or who has very limited working experience. Most candidates who are freshers use the functional resume format instead of the more commonly used chronological resume format. A functional resume format highlights your skills and abilities instead of focusing on your experience or lack thereof.

Related: Writing a Resume With No Experience

Why is the fresher resume format you choose important?

Because most candidates create their resume using a chronological format that focuses on their relevant experience, freshers need a different format that focuses on their strengths while also equally highlighting them as a strong candidate for the position they are applying for.

Read more: Functional Resume Tips and Examples

How to write a resume formatted for freshers with examples

Follow these steps and examples to write a resume formatted for freshers:

1. Read the job description

Every resume should be specific to the skills and qualities needed to be successful in the role you are applying for and should show you have the same set of core values as the employer. Reading the job description before you write your resume will help you choose the keywords you should include throughout your resume.

2. Include your contact information

The first section of your resume should state all of your contact information, including your name, address (or city and state), phone number and email address. Some people prefer not to include their entire address, but if you live close to the office of the job you are applying for, including your full address may help you stand out.

Some candidates also prefer to include links to social media profiles, personal websites, personal blogs or personal portfolios in this section. If you include these types of links in your resume, it is important to make sure everything on your profile is professional and portrays the personal professional brand you want.

Example contact information format:

Kelly Sanders
8889 South Bend Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53201
(555) 555-5555

3. Write a powerful summary statement

The next section of your resume should be a personal summary that states who you are as a professional, what your career goals are and why you are the best candidate for the position you are applying for. A great resume summary statement should convey your knowledge and passion for the role you are applying to and how you will be of value to the employer.

Example summary statement for a fresher resume:

Recent college graduate with a major in business administration and a minor in accounting seeking entry-level position as a Junior Accountant with a medium- to large-sized accounting firm that I can grow to senior level positions within. Highly motivated professional who earned high honors throughout college and contributed to year-end audits and forecasting with special recognition from the senior accounting team during my internship.

4. Choose the skills you want to highlight

Your next step is to choose the technical hard skills and soft skills you have which are most relevant to being successful in the position you are applying for. You can often find specific skills the employer is looking for listed throughout the job description. When listing your skills it is best to use a one- or two-column format that states the skill and your level of experience with the skill.

Example skills section for a fresher resume:

Computer skills: Advanced
Mathematical skills: Advanced
Communication skills: Expert
Customer service skills: Expert
Critical thinking and problem-solving skills: Advanced

5. Highlight education, training and certifications

The next section of your resume should highlight the most relevant education, training and certifications you have. This could include your major and minor in college, professional licenses and certifications, certificate courses taken in college and additional professional training. If you earned honors, exceptional grades or scholarships, you can also highlight this information in this section.

Example education, training and certifications resume section for freshers:

Licensed Health, Life and Annuities insurance agent (2-15 license)
April 2016 – Present
New York University, New York, NY

Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration
August 2015 – May 2019

National Honor Society Scholarship
Awarded 2016 – 2019

6. Include relevant experience

Not having professional work experience does not mean you don’t have any relevant experience you can include in your resume. While this section will not be the focus of your resume, you can include this section if you have experience such as internships, volunteer work, educational projects or relevant coursework that provide evidence for your skills and knowledge. This section should include the name of the experience or project and a brief description of what you did in these experiences relevant to the position you are applying for.

Example experience section for fresher resume:

Youth Reach Out Charities, Las Vegas, Nevada
Volunteer Youth Coach
August 2017 – Present

Youth Reach Out Charities is an organization dedicated to providing underprivileged, disadvantaged and at-risk youth the educational and real-world resources to inspire them to be an agent of positive change and growth within their communities.

  • As a volunteer youth coach it was my responsibility to work directly with teens in at-risk situations and provide them with the educational and motivational resources they needed to have a positive life impact

  • This experience taught me the importance of giving back to our community and to reaching out to others who are less fortunate to provide them the tools they need to make a change

  • I am most proud of the work I did directly with a young girl who recently dropped out of high school. She had to drop out so she could begin working during the day to help her mother pay the bills. After listening to the reasons she couldn’t complete her education in the traditional format I found the resources for her to enroll in night school and encouraged her to complete her GED.

7. Proofread

The last step in writing a fresher resume is to proofread what you have written. You can read your resume out loud or have a friend or family member proofread your resume for you. This will help you find any spelling or grammar errors, check for inconsistencies, ensure your resume highlights the features that make you the best candidate for the position and ensure your resume is honest and memorable.

Related: How to Write a Resume Employers Will Notice

Additional tips for writing a resume formatted for freshers

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when writing a fresher resume:

  • Properly include interests and hobbies. It is best to include only interests and hobbies relevant to the position you are applying for. You can also include interests and hobbies that you have earned awards or special recognition for as this shows a level of dedication and work ethic.

  • Keep your resume to one page. One page is enough room to include the relevant information you need on a fresher resume. Try to keep your resume clear, direct and simple.

  • Highlight your willingness to learn. Using your fresher resume to showcase your willingness to learn can help you stand out to employers who prefer candidates who will be open-minded to learning the employer’s specific way of doing business. Highlighting honors, scholarships and exceptional grades you have earned while in school is a great way to show this.

  • Include a miscellaneous section if needed. A miscellaneous section can include languages you are proficient in, accomplishments you are most proud of that didn’t fit in another section of your resume, your personal philosophy and professional references. However, it is important to ensure the information you are providing in a miscellaneous section applies to the position you are applying to and only include this section if there is enough room leftover on your resume.

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