Do you need to write a resume when you’re just starting your career in the workplace? When you are writing a resume for an entry-level position, it will be more general than when you write a resume targeted for a higher level job.
Writing a resume for an entry-level job can be daunting. If it will be your first paid, full-time job, you may feel like you have very little information to include on your resume. But even if you have little or no work experience, there are still plenty of details that are relevant.
Plus, you may have more experience than you think. Remember, summer jobs, internships, and volunteer work demonstrate your responsibility as well as teaching skills. They can all be included on your resume.
Here are the important elements to include on your entry level resume:
- Contact information: Make sure to include your email, phone, and other contact information, so that it’s easy for hiring managers to get in touch. Tip: Make sure your email address is professional — email@example.com is preferable to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Work experience: You may not have held a full-time job before, but have you worked part-time? All sorts of experience are suitable to list, including summer jobs, internships, and volunteer positions. You can also include extracurricular activities.
- Education: As well as mentioning degrees, you can also break out relevant coursework, and include your GPA. Tip: Leave off your GPA if it’s low.
- Skills: Include anything that might be helpful in the workplace, from the languages you speak to your proficiency level with computer programs and software.
- Headline or objective: This section is optional, but can be a great place to emphasize how your particular skills match the position you are applying for or your passion for the position. You might mention your organizational skills for an admin position or your hobby of building websites for friends in a resume for a job in the IT department.
As you assemble your resume, you may be surprised to find out how much you can include. Remember to always highlight achievements (for instance, “raised $5,000 through end-of-season baseball team event, 15% more than in previous years”) rather than simply listing tasks (“responsible for baseball team fundraising”).
Article written by: Alison Doyle on November 19, 2018