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7 resume tips for students and recent grads 

Fine-tuning a resume can be difficult when you’re still early in your career. As a college student or recent grad, you have one chance to show a complete stranger everything you’ve accomplished, while also showing off your motivations and how you approach work.

Check out our Students & Grads recruiters' seven tips to capture it all and help your resume stand out.

Resume Tip #1: An animated image of a Capital One associate on her laptop, with the words, "Keep your resume to one page. Recruiters look at it for about six seconds. They need to find important information quickly."
Resume Tip #2: An animated drawing of a mountain with a yellow flag on top, with the words, "List education first. Putting your school, major and graduation date at the top will help recruiters decode which programs best match your skill set and when you can start."
Resume Tip #3: An animated image of A Capital One associate putting post it notes on a white board, with the words, "Make things tidy. List experiences in chronological order and have separate sections for extracurriculars like volunteering. It can be confusing if you list all these activities in one place."
Resume Tip #4: An animated image of a magnifying glass, with the words, "Tailor your resume. Put the experiences most relevant to the job or internship higher on the page."
Resume Tip #5: An animated image of a Capital One associate standing with their arms crossed, with the words, "Share key results. Show how you
Resume Tip #6: An animated picture of a trumpet, with the words, "Use action keywords. Start sentences with verbs to take your descriptions to the next level."
Resume Tip #7: An animated picture of a Capital One associate sitting in a chair with their laptop, with the words, "Save as a PDF. This quarantees your resume format will look the same on different computers."

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