How to Write the Best Entry Level Resume
The task of writing a resume is daunting to almost everyone…even successful professionals who have been working for decades. It’s overwhelming to know where to start, what to include and what to leave off of your entry level resume.
Should it be one page or two? Should you include classes you've taken, or leave those off? Should your entry level resume include an objective statement? And just what purpose does the objective statement serve anyway? Does it look bad to not have any awards or honors? Does an unpaid internship count as experience? If you were paid for your work, but it wasn't necessarily a full-time job, do you have to call it an internship on your resume? What is the difference between actual work experience and an internship? And what's all the buzz about jobternships?
College grads have hundreds of questions when it comes to writing the perfect entry level resume. We're going to answer all of those questions and more in our resume section here on GradtoGreat.com. Read on, the answers are here, we promise. We'll also be adding more and more resume examples to this section so be sure to check back occasionally.
Here are some resumes articles to get you started creating your own professional entry-level resume. Let's start by discussing a few key factors to keep in mind when writing your first entry level resume:
1. Use lots of white space.
Lots of white space on a resume makes your resume look more organized and makes it easier for a recruiter to read your entry level resume. When you put too much text too close together, it makes anyone reading your resume glaze over. Too much text on a resume is distracting.
2. Be concise.
If you can say you "improved productivity in the marketing department" say just that. Don't say "contributed to the effectiveness of the marketing department by introducing and launching a new strategic initiative aimed at increasing the cohesiveness of the staff during my internship". It's too wordy, and frankly no one has any idea what you're talking about. Recruiters and hiring managers have hundreds if not thousands of resumes to sift through every day. Do them a favor an make your entry level resume easy to read and even even easier to understand. They'll thank you for it by calling you in for an interview.
3. Highlight your achievements, don't just list your responsibilities.
Your entry level resume needs to convince any potential employer that you can get the job done. The best way to do that is to demonstrate that you have done the job before, or at least a job similar to the one you are applying for. Instead of saying "worked on social media initiatives" explain exactly what social media outlets you worked with and how your work contributed to the company's bottom line. For example, "Created and maintained our Twitter presence which resulted in 15 new clients in three weeks". If you cannot truthfully say that Twitter or Facebook led to new business, you can definitely say it led to "Brand awareness", "consumer engagement", or a dozen of other things. You can be creative, just don't be boring.