A resume is the best tool for finding a good job. If properly designed, it has all the pertinent information a hiring manager needs to decide if an interview should be scheduled. A major part of the decision is going to be based on the section detailing work experience.
But what if you’re starting out? What if you don’t have the hands-on professional experience critical to job-seeking success? Can you still use your resume to create that critical first impression? Yes, you can. You just need to know how to write an entry level resume.
Use a Resume Objective
Instead of a professional summary, start your resume with an objective. Open with why you’re a good choice for the position before briefly including any relevant professional skills, work experience, and projects related to the duties in question.
Include Contact Information
Make your name stand out with a font size several points larger than the rest of the resume. Besides your address, include a phone number, the LinkedIn and other professional social media contact profile addresses, and an email address specifically created for employment contact (hiring managers will not appreciate contacting you at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Emphasize Your Educational Background
When you write an entry level resume, educational accomplishments will be essential. In fact, unlike in a traditional resume, you want to put this section before the work history. Only include your GPA if it’s a good number, 3.3 or higher. Based on the position your entry level resume is for, list relevant coursework, awards, labs, organizations, internships, volunteer and charity work, and projects. Bullet list what you have done and how it demonstrates not just hard skills, but the much sought after soft skills, such as communication, team work, computer literacy, and leadership.
Make the Work History Work for You
Whether you worked in a grocery store or at your uncle’s insurance company, briefly show hiring managers how you utilized hard and soft skills, and that you know how to accomplish goals.
Don’t Forget the Skills Section
List hard and soft skills that make you an exemplary candidate.
You need to show that you have a capacity to learn, adapt, and grow. And you need to do it without a lot of hands-on job experience. If you use Resume Builder, you’ll see exactly how to write an entry level resume that will wow hiring managers with your potential.
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