When you’re straight out of high school or college, it can be tough to develop your entry level resume. However, all you have to do, is take your experiences from school and any part time jobs you’ve had and apply them to the “real world.”
You know, employers who are hiring people at entry level are used to hiring people without a lot of experience. If you can set yourself aside by showing that you know how to apply what you’ve learned so far in life, you will start out a step ahead of other job candidates.
Organize your entry level resume as anyone would organize their resume. Remember the key points – state your objective (goal), your skill set, your work history, and your education, including educational achievements.
At this level, you will be able to include things that are frowned upon including later in life, such as membership in honor societies, impressive GPA, officer positions held in college organizations, and other things that are considered “extracurricular.”
Listing these achievements at the end of your resume indicates to potential employers your work ethic and ability to handle multiple things at once.
The objective, although the shortest part of your resume, is probably the hardest part to write. If you are not looking for a very specific job, it is acceptable to instead present yourself.
For instance, “Accomplished recent Business Graduate interested in a career in Consulting or Business Management.” Tailor it to you. If you have proven to be goal-oriented, and your references will support that ascertain, include that.
Once you’ve got your resume finished…well, don’t think it’s finished! Run it by a few people you trust. College professors, your university’s career office, and family friends can be great proof-readers.
The key here is to get someone with a lot of experience to review your entry level resume, and even more importantly, listen to their suggestions. Bring your red pen, and be prepared to hack it to bits!
Consider this effort a rough draft – perhaps the most important rough draft of your life to date. Take everyone’s ideas into consideration, then rewrite it yourself, so it is an accurate, strong representation of what you can offer the world.