Sample Entry Level Resume

Entry level resumes can look a bit sparse when you're starting out. The tendency is to do as much as possible to fill in the gaps, and add information. That's understandable, but remember, this is an entry level resume.

Entry Level Resume Principles

The whole purpose of a resume is to organize your career information. That's also its most important function, to make your qualifications and history accessible and understandable to an employer. Information quality is the big issue, not the amount of information. Quite the opposite, "cosmetic" or irrelevant materials make resumes harder to read and use to find information.

Entry Level Resume Formats

Resumes use a basic format which is very straightforward, and it's a good indicator of the need for readability.

The basic format is:

  • Name
  • Objectives: Your career goal
  • Skills: This is a list, based on your skill sets, like systems management, customer service, sales, etc.
  • Work history: Needs to be simply laid out, stating job titles, dates of employment, duties and responsibilities and achievements where appropriate.
  • Educations: Qualification titles in full, educational or training institution, date of award. List ongoing education and training in the same way.
  • Interests: On entry level resumes this is often the extracurricular areas of your work.
  • References: Usually not listed, but stating that references are available upon request.

Content and Layout Issues on Entry Level Resumes

This very utilitarian format is also good for organizing and editing information. Every job application is different, and you'll need to rework your basic entry level resume frequently, to target jobs effectively. Some information is important on one job application, but useless on others. 

You will have received training in writing resumes, and seen examples of resumes online.

Now- be critical:

  • What worked?
  • What looked awful, and why?
  • What looked like it needed better layout?
  • What did you think would be good for your own resume?

Resume formatting is very important, because it shapes the presentation of content and readability of the resume. These are the important content and layout issues in entry level resumes:

  • Don't use masses of solid text: It can be hard to read, particularly the work history, if using long sentences.
  • You don't need to write a book: Headings and bullet point lists will do the work for you.
  • Remember you've only got one page to work with: Stick to the essential information at all times. You'll find that the one page effect means you produce more and better content.
  • Remember to include direct references to essential skills: Use exactly the same terms as used on the job ad. This will allow computer screening of applications to register your skills correctly.
  • Remember the reader: Read your resume back to yourself. Is everything clear? Is all the information you need included? 

Example:


Name: A. Someone

Objective: To become a professional graphic artist

Skills:

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Flash
  • Dreamweaver
  • Quark
  • Blender 3D

Work history:

Intern, Supermegaultra Graphic Studios 1234 Main Street Somewhere AZ

Duties:

  • Preparation of storyboards for online commercials
  • Website templates
  • Advertisement layouts and content
  • Magazine advertisements

Education:

Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Art:  Somewhere Art College, 2010

Current: Studying for Masters Degree in Graphic Art, Somewhere Art College

Interests: Golf, music, community media


References: Available upon request.



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