Writing the Perfect Entry-Level Resume

Nancy Anderson
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If you're fresh out of high school or college and seeking employment, you need an entry-level resume for your job search. With so much resume writing advice geared toward people who have years of experience, it's easy to feel unsure about how to create a resume that can work for you. If you are stuck in this situation, these tips can help.

Keep It Simple

Don't be tempted to make up for a lack of work experience with fancy fonts, graphics, charts or borders. Hiring managers generally prefer an entry-level resume that clearly and quickly communicates the key points they need to know. Print your resume on white paper and use a single, simple font. This tried-and-tested format is far more likely to help you in your job search than a resume that's too busy and distracting.

Include a Summary

At the top of your entry-level resume, include a brief summary that explains why you are the perfect candidate for the job. This should summarize your most relevant skills and experiences. For example, if you are applying for a job working with the people, include information about part-time jobs or voluntary roles where you had to help members of the public. Go into more detail about these skills and experiences further down on your resume.

List Education and Work Experience

The main part of an entry-level resume includes a list of your qualifications and information about any jobs or voluntary positions you held. Don't worry if you don't have many things to list. There are plenty of ways to draw on the experiences you do have to present yourself as a good candidate for an entry-level job. For example, even if you have never had a job, you can demonstrate your ability to work in a team by describing how you contributed to group projects in high school or college.

Tailor Your Resume

If you're applying for entry-level jobs in several fields, it's generally not a good idea to use the same resume for each application. Instead, adjust your resume each time you apply for a new role. If you're applying for a job that involves working with computers, ensure your computer skills are featured prominently. If you want to apply for a job in customer service, create a new version of your resume that highlights your experience of working with people.

Check Your Resume for Errors

Submitting a resume with spelling errors makes you appear unprofessional. Before you send out your entry-level resume, read it over thoroughly, and ask a friend or family member to proofread it for you.

Creating a great entry-level resume can help you land your first job. Use these tips to write an entry-level resume that impresses employers and helps you get hired.


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