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Effective Real Life Resume for College Graduates

Updated on December 2, 2014

Resumes Are Different Today

Arizona State University students in 1908
Arizona State University students in 1908

A Resume that Really Works So That You Will, Too.

The following examples are those of a combination of two resumes that were successful in garnering many interviews and a lucrative career for a new college graduate with a masters degree. Cities, names, and duties have been changed to protect identities.

The particular formats of these sample resumes are very applicable and lead to employment for new graduates with bachelors degrees, associates degrees, and vocational or technical certificates as well.

The text is given first as an online and scannable resume, which is very important in 21st century global business. The last two exhibits are the same resume formatted in two different, attractive ways. There may be no single one "perfect" way to present a resume format, but these examples have worked for hundreds of clients, while avoiding the usual resume errors employers see.

The resume in this article concerns college graduates that have just completed a Masters Program and have some work experience. However, Students earning a BS or a BS and having work experience, internships, and/or volunteer work can use this style the the following formats as well. their resumes may not be as long. They may also incude a table or list of personal skills that transfer well to business.

Sample Resume for Online Submission

First Name, Last Name

11111 Employed St.

Hollywood CA 00000

(123) 456-7890



Program Director - Outstanding Customer Service - Sales Leader


Recognized sales and service leader; consistent winner of several awards and promotions.

Consistently outperforms others in high quality customer service and sales increases.

Increases sales and profits through expert merchandising, customer education, and creative problem-solving.

Maintains personal standards that surpass company goals.

Provides a clear track record of multi-project direction completion on time and under budget.


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Los Angeles CA

MS, Public Health. 2008.

Achieved additional natural sciences core with the M.PH degree.

Los Angeles Business College. The Hills CA

BS, Business. 2002.

Achievements: Dean's List; Honor's List for a minor in natural science with GPA 4.0.


Office Town. Calli City CA. 2006 - 2008

Associate Store Manager.

Successfully assisted costumers by providing effective information and customer education to fill their needs and purchase options; excelled at up selling and increased sales significantly.

Set and reset, reorganized, and maintained the sales and customer service floors in such as way as to accumulate verbal and written customer praise.

Efficiently answered, addressed, and redirected call on a multi-line phone system.

Recognized as Employee of the Month for 6 months running.

The Hills Studio. Hollywood CA. 2003 - 2006

Assistant Manager.

As a Customer Service Specialist, consistently exceeded expectations and company sales and profits goals and earned promotion to Assistant Manager.

Successfully monitored facilitated daily customer opportunities and store operations; maintained a consistently high level of productive solutions that increased customer satisfaction, sales, and profits.

Maintained, reviewed, and presented daily reports for upper management.

Recognized as Employee of the Year in 2006 for high performance.

Glametter's Department Store. Pool CA. 2002 - 2003

Men's Department Supervisor.

Demonstrated pride and ownership of a store department, increasing sales.

Delivered uncommon customer service to raise average ticket sales and customer satisfaction; increased customer base by 12% and repeat sales by 23%; surpassed a personal goal to exceed hourly sales projections on a daily basis.

Recognized by management with Supervisor of the Year award for 2003.

WXXT College Radio. Los Angeles, CA. Jan - June 2001

Program Director.

Directed programming for a student-run radio station; increased listener audience by 14%.

Efficiently edited sound and scheduled popular programming to the best advantage.


The Hills Pharmacy. Summer 2005.

Volunteer: Observer & File Clerk.

Total Hours: 8 hrs/wk for 96 hrs in the Pharmacy scenario.

Nation of Nicaragua

Hospital Volunteer. Summer 2007

Hands-on experience in patient care in the ER.

Learned about pharmacological products to reduce and control infection and disease in hospitals that provide substandard care and compensate via pharmacological effectiveness.


Community Medical Outreach. Member. 2004 - 2007.

Coordinates to provide the highest-quality service in the medical and health care fields to diverse human and animal populations in the State of California.

PETA. Member: 2006 - Date

Actively participate in advocacy and activism for animal rights and humane spaying to prevent overpopulation of cats and dogs.


General Specialties

High academic achievement in public health, pharmacy, and natural sciences.

Skilled in physiology applications incorporating physics, chemistry, biology and anatomy.

Human and animal rights advocate: women's rights, political prisoners, human trafficking, animal rights, cloning.

Computer Based Skills

Microsoft Office 2003, 2007, 2010; Word Perfect, Lotus Notes, Microsoft Projects, email, Internet research; SPSS, BMDP.

Objective or No Objective Statement?

This version of the resume does not include an objective statement. If the graduate is interested in a specific job for a specific company or companies, then an objective can be written to target that position. That is included in the next version of this resume.

Format One

Format Two

MATCH School - Building a Green Society Through Media and Technology

This charter school in Boston meets in a building over 370 years old, but is a model for the nation in helping high school students finish school and enter colleges for long-term future careers. College and Graduate School students are always needed to volunteer as tutors and mentors.

MA Top 100 High School -- MATCH Charter Public High School


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      spacecadet 7 years ago

      wow, this has got to be one of the better resume tip pages i have ever read. Also, the hub about what not to write was great. Now I have a long night of typing to do.

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      JessicaR1211 8 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      Hopefully I can use this to tweak my resume into something better. It is certainly lacking...

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      Mahmoud Bwietel 9 years ago

      I just wanna thank you all for your support .By the way am applying now to the university of ARKANSAS, to complete my MA ... if you have any usful info for me please post me or you can call me on 00962788656120

      thank you all

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      bbjane 9 years ago from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

      Thanks for the information... Keep it up...

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      MrMarmalade 9 years ago from Sydney

      Excellent hub have forwarded on to Son 3

      Thank you

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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks Nicky! - Funride! - that may come in handy for your next job. You could draw a line of circles across your resume for a graphic divider. :)

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      Ricardo Nunes 9 years ago from Portugal

      I can also draw a perfect circle, should I put it on my resume :D

      Great hub as usual ;)

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      Nicki B 9 years ago from Orange County, Ca

      Thank you Patty. You have no idea how useful this is for someone like me.

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      Nickel 9 years ago

      Another great hub! I shall apply this information.


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      Patty Inglish 9 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks barry, this one was really fun to do as well.

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      Barry Rutherford 9 years ago from Queensland Australia

      As usual you have excelled yourself !