How to Write an Entry Level Resume
Whether you are just entering the workforce after graduation or you have
decided to change careers, you need an entry-level resume that will help you
get a job in a new field. Without industry experience, however, many
applicants worry that their resume won't pass muster.
Not to worry - when you are applying for an entry-level job, employers will
expect you to have entry-level experience. However, a professional resume is
still required, regardless of your level of experience. Here are the elements
that every entry-level resume needs to have, as well as several tips for
writing a winning resume.
Elements of an Entry-Level Resume
When browsing resumes, the majority of hiring managers simply scan the
objectives and summary of each one before moving on to the next. This means
that the information at the top is the first - and possibly the only - part of
your resume that gets noticed.
A resume is basically a sales pitch - a one-page or two-page description of
what an employer will get if they hire you. And because hiring managers have
very short attention spans, you need to hit them with your selling points as
quickly as possible.
Nothing will hurt your chances faster than making a prospective employer hunt
for your contact information. This information should be listed clearly at the
very top of your resume.
Believe it or not, this is the most important part of an entry-level resume.
First, this is the first thing a hiring manager sees. Second, since your work
history cannot demonstrate your chosen career path, it's up to your objectives
to tell employers where you are headed.
A bulleted list of focused objectives is a necessity. Instead of "Position
where I can exercise my creative skills," use, "Assistant art direct position
in the independent film industry in the New York City metropolitan area."
Likewise, if you want a management job with good upward mobility, write
something like, "Management position with opportunities for advancement. Open
to travel and/or relocation."
Of course, your objectives should be tailored to fit the specific job you are
applying for - if you really want it, that is. Telling the retail hiring manager
that you would prefer a job in engineering is a sure way to get passed over!
Your resume summary is also extremely important - if the hiring manager
doesn't see what he is looking for there, he is not likely to look any
further. Your summary section should contain a bulleted list of your most
important qualifications. When you have more experience, this is the section
where you will list the number of years you have worked in the field. For now,
you will simply list other noteworthy qualifications you have.