How to Write an Entry Level Resume

How to Write an Entry Level Resume

Three Methods:

If you are creating a resume for an entry level position but do not have much work experience, don’t fret; your resume will simply focus more on courses you have taken and skills you have gained. However, it is still important to include basic information, which is covered in Method 1.


Including the Basics

  1. Include your name and contact information.Start by writing down your name and contact details at the top of your resume. Include your address, your mobile phone number, and your email address. You can also choose to include additional information like:
    • A headshot of yourself.
    • Links to your social media platforms.
  2. Start with a summary of your skills and education.Some people choose to begin their resumes with two to three sentences that sum up your education, skills and accomplishments.
    • If you choose to include this summary, it should be placed directly beneath your contact information.
  3. Discuss your education.If you are applying for an entry level position without much work experience, job recruiters will be most interested in reading about your education.Include information regarding:
    • The level of educational degree you have received.
    • Your majors and minors (if you attended college).
    • Relevant coursework that relates to the job you are applying for.
  4. List achievements, certifications, and honors you have received.The section following your education should be dedicated to honors you have obtained and achievements you have accomplished. You can also discuss certifications you have received. The point of this section is to show how you stand out from a crowd based on your accomplishments. List out things like:
    • Your GPA if it is above 3.5.
    • Honors such as Dean’s List or other honor roll positions you have held.
    • Achievements like serving as a student ambassador in a foreign country with an organization like People to People.
    • Certifications like being TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certified.
  5. List out your skills and knowledge.Create a comprehensive list of the skills that you feel represent your abilities best. Take time to consider what sort of skills the company you are applying to is most likely looking for. Tailor your list to the position you are applying for.
    • For example, if you are applying to be a desk receptionist at a daycare, you may think about listing skills like: excellent organizer; knowledgeable about Google Docs, WordPress, and social media platforms; etc.
  6. Include information about any internships or volunteer experience you have.This section should be devoted to discussing experience you have in an office or volunteer setting. Consider listing each experience out and then describing it briefly. Only include relevant internship and volunteer experience.
    • For example, if you are applying to be a facilitator at a daycare, you would include information about when you volunteered at a children’s camp in your local community. Describe the volunteer position and what tasks you had.

Keeping Formatting in Mind

  1. Think about the length of your resume.Though there is no hard and fast rule about resume length, it is usually recommended to narrow it down to one page, or two pages at the most.
    • If your resume is longer than a page, consider cutting out information that is not relevant to the position you are applying for.
  2. Keep formatting details in mind.The way that you format your resume will affect the image that your potential employer forms of you. If your resume is sloppy or unprofessional looking, the potential employer may develop a bad opinion of you. Consider things like:
    • Font: Use one font throughout your resume. Choose a font that is professional looking. Consider using Arial or Times New Roman.
    • Margins: Your margins should be 1 to 1.5 inches (2.5 to 3.8 cm) wide.
    • Font size: Try to stick to font sizes within the 10 to 12 range.
    • However, you could consider making each section heading of your resume bold, along with your name and contact information.
  3. Check to make sure your resume is consistent.Look at your resume. Does it look like one cohesive document? Are all of your section headings bold? Does each section include bullet points to clarify elements of the subject you are discussing?
  4. Proofread your resume.Your resume should be grammatically correct and punctuation error-free. Read through your resume to make sure that you don’t have any errors. Consider reading it out loud to make sure that it does not sound awkward in any sections.
    • Consider asking someone you trust to look over your resume.

Things to Avoid

  1. Do not simply list your job experience.While listing out your job or volunteer experience, along with concrete facts about that experience like the dates you worked there, are important, you need to try to give examples of how you went the extra mile, or made yourself invaluable to the company. Some ideas include:
    • Discuss the challenges you faced and how you overcame them. Talk about the strategies you used to overcome the challenges.
    • Discuss how you benefited the company or organization.
  2. Avoid cliché openings.You want to stand out from the crowd; using a cliché opening will submerge you in it. Avoid opening lines that seem cliché, rehearsed, or common.
    • Consider discussing some unique skills you have or your area of specialization instead. Make sure whatever information you use relates to the job you are applying for.
  3. Try not to write too much or too little.Do not try to cram a ton of information on your page, or try to fill a page with unnecessary details. Every time you add something to your resume, think about whether or not it pertains to the job you are applying for.
  4. Minimize the amount of personal pronouns on your resume.Your resume is a professional document. As such, you should try to keep your use of personal pronouns to a minimum, even though the document is about yourself. Do not list each skill by saying something like “I am very organized”.
    • Instead, when listing your skills, keep them short and informative. List something like: 1. Exceptionally organized. 2. Competent in WordPress, Twitter, and Excel. etc.
  5. Try not to avoid including extraneous information.Your marital status, weight, or dog’s name have no place on your resume (unless, for the latter, you are applying for a position as a dog walker). Your potential employer wants to learn about your professional experience, not about your personal details.

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  • Focus more on the quality of your resume than on the length.
  • Try not to repeat information.
  • Don’t include irrelevant information like hobbies simply to take up space.
  • Tailor your resume to the company you are applying to.
  • If you include references, do so at the end of the resume and do not rely on them too much.

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