Resumes for Freshers: Definition, Templates and FAQ

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated March 2, 2021

Published February 25, 2020

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If you are about to graduate college, have recently graduated or simply have little or no work experience, creating a resume may feel challenging. However, there are a few techniques you can use when building your fresher resume that will increase your chances of being noticed by hiring managers.

In this article, we explore what a resume for freshers is as well as provide template examples you can use when writing your fresher resume and answers to frequently asked questions about fresher resumes.

What is a resume for freshers?

A fresher resume is a resume written by a person who has recently graduated from college or is about to graduate. A fresher resume may also be used by someone with little to no professional experience who is entering the workforce. This type of resume is unique in that it often includes no experience that is relevant to the position being applied for and instead focuses on qualifications, skills, achievements and practical experience that may qualify someone for an open position.

Fresher resumes are typically used when applying to entry-level jobs. Mid- or senior-level positions require applicants to have several years of experience, so using a fresher resume to apply to this type of job would likely not result in recognition by the hiring manager.

Most fresher resumes are formatted using a functional resume template rather than a chronological resume template due to the lack of work experience. The following are the sections that you should consider including in your fresher resume:

  • Name and contact information

  • Career objective

  • Qualifications/specific skills

  • Software skills

  • Relevant experience (internships, academic work, volunteer experience, etc.)

  • Education

  • Achievements

For each section, you should use a separate heading that clearly denotes what the section will include. You should also ensure there is ample space between each section so that the reader can clearly see where one section begins and ends.

Related: Writing a Resume With No Experience

Template example for resumes for freshers

The following is a template you can use when writing your fresher resume:

[Name]

[Address]

[City, state, zip code]

[Phone number]

[Email address]

[Career objective: Use this section to denote what type of career you are seeking as well as two or three qualifications or skills that support your career choice. Keep your career objective to one to two sentences if possible and avoid including too many skills as you will go into detail on your skills and qualifications in the next section of your fresher resume.]

[Skills/qualifications: Use this section to list four to five skills or qualifications that specifically relate to the job you are applying for. Under each skill heading, list two to four examples of how you have used these skills.]

[Skill 1]

  • [Example of experience using this skill]

  • [Example of experience using this skill]

  • [Example of experience using this skill]

[Skill 2]

  • [Example of experience using this skill]

  • [Example of experience using this skill]

  • [Example of experience using this skill]

[Skill 3]

  • [Example of experience using this skill]

  • [Example of experience using this skill]

  • [Example of experience using this skill]

[Skill 4]

  • [Example of experience using this skill]

  • [Example of experience using this skill]

  • [Example of experience using this skill]

[Software skills: This has become an increasingly important section to include in your fresher resume due to the prominent use of technology and software in nearly all jobs. In this section, list all software that you have experience with as it relates to the position you are applying for. You can use a bulleted list that includes the name of the software and the level of experience you have using it.]

  • [Software: Proficiency level]

  • [Software: Proficiency level]

  • [Software: Proficiency level]

[Relevant experience: Use this section to include any experience you have that relates to the position you are applying for. Experience can include volunteer work, internships, coursework and jobs you held while in school. Include a brief description of your duties.]

[Experience 1]

[Title/position held]

[Date started – date left]

[Brief description of duties either using one to two sentences or two or three bullet points.]

[Experience 2]

[Title/position held]

[Date started – date left]

[Brief description of duties either using one to two sentences or two or three bullet points.]

[Education: Include the degree(s) you have earned as well as any relevant coursework.]

[Degree]

[University or college, City, State]

[Date started – date completed]

[Relevant coursework]

[Additional sections: Include achievements, certifications, strengths and other relevant information that strengthens your qualifications for the job you are applying for.]

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Frequently asked questions

How long should a fresher resume be?

One page is typically sufficient for most fresher resumes. Keeping your resume as concise as possible ensures that hiring managers can easily see the pertinent qualifications and skills that make you a good candidate for the position.

What should I do before submitting my fresher resume?

There are a few steps you should take before submitting your resume. These include proofreading, making any necessary edits, ensuring the information on your resume is relevant to the position you are applying for and removing any details that do not directly relate to the job.

What's the best format to use for a fresher resume?

A functional resume format is often the best choice when creating a fresher resume. However, if you have professional experience that relates to the job you are applying for, you may want to consider using a chronological resume format.

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