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Read up our guide with 21+ real-life resume examples. The first thing a job recruiter notices about any resume is the layout. Does it look.

First-time job seekers applying for a full-time position are often faced with a similar challenge: they have no work experience to prove they’re qualified, yet most recruiters and hiring managers view an applicant’s work history as one of the best ways to predict future job performance.

So naturally, the first place a recruiter or hiring manager’s eyes will go to is the Work Experience section of an applicant’s resume. What can you, as a first-time job seeker, do to present a standout resume when you have no significant work experience?

What Do You Need In a First-time Resume?

Start by crafting a compelling resume summary statement that emphasizes your transferable skills and the value you’ll bring to an organization. Build up your Work Experience section with relevant info from your life experiences – volunteer work, extracurricular activities, and school projects are worth including if they helped you develop skills and gain knowledge related to the job you’re applying to.

Focus on transferable skills you’ve acquired from these work-like experiences, like communication skills, time management skills, or customer service skills. Emphasize your education. This expertise in your area of study is a major part of what you’ll bring to the table. Be sure to mention any academic honors, fellowships, or awards you’ve won.

Study tips and tricks on how to write a resume.

Other Resume-writing Tips for First-time Jobseekers

1. Only apply for jobs for which you are qualified

Save yourself a lot of trouble and frustration by only applying for jobs where you can clearly show that you have what it takes. While it’s true that most job postings/descriptions don’t include every qualification or requirement that the employer cares about, at the very least make sure you meet the large majority of qualifications/requirements that are included in the job posting/description before you do all the work involved with applying.

When there are many other candidates vying a job, the easiest filter for a recruiter or hiring manager is by qualification. If “proficiency with Microsoft Office” is listed as a qualification or required skill and you have no experience whatsoever with Microsoft Office, you should probably consider skipping over applying for this particular job. (Also, acquire experience with Microsoft Office—you will almost certainly need it at some point in your career).

To put it a bit differently, aim your job search at entry-level jobs—recruiters and hiring managers won’t expect you to have too much experience in the first place.

2. Include Work-Like Experience

Even if you have no actual work experience, you may have experience from volunteering, school activities, or relevant hobbies that can show employers achievements and transferable skills that meet their requirements. Start your resume with an Education or Academic Experience section. As long as it relates to the job, school projects are acceptable and absolutely should be mentioned when you have no work experience.

School projects involve deliverables, deadlines, and often times, team work—just like in a work environment. For example, does the employer seek someone with strong customer service skills? Perhaps the three years you spent raising money for a school organization or sports team qualifies you for the position.

You'll want to quantify each phrase to emphasize how your participation added value to the organization or event, and mention any awards, promotions, or other honors that mark you as a good performer. For example, let’s say you participated in a drive to recruit volunteers for a community service event. Let’s also say you recruited 35 volunteers—more than anyone else involved in the recruiting drive. Note that number when describing the experience in your resume. Also note that that number put you on top as the number one recruiter!

If you’ve done any volunteering in a related or adjacent industry to the one you’re trying to get into, or in a role that had a similar work-like environment, a Volunteer Experience or Volunteer Work section with that information can speak volumes to potential employers about what they can expect from you in their workplace. (It also puts you in a nice light, and gives the impression that you’re someone who cares about the good of society.)

When you have no work experience, any relevant experience is fair game.

3. Show Your Skills

The bottom of your resume is a great place to list any skills you have developed that help qualify you for the job. A simple Skills section can include a list of skills and talents related to the job you’re considering, such as the hours you’ve spent selling t-shirts on a beach, fixing computers at retirement community rec center, designing in Photoshop, or editing social media videos.

Speaking of social media, there are a number of ways you can use your online activity to show off your knowledge to impress recruiters: Do you have any social profiles where you post mainly about work or career advancement-related topics? If you don’t, start one ASAP and begin networking regularly with others who are doing the same. Are you active in any professional or industry-related Yahoo! groups, Facebook pages, or web forums? If your most popular (by number of views, likes, etc.) posts are ones where you helped or educated other members of a community, this can show employers that you know your stuff.

If you’re not active in any such groups, find one or create one, and make it a habit to visit and post or react daily. Better than social media are the sites where you can directly demonstrate your knowledge, such as a personal blog that chronicles your experiences learning a new topic, or making opinion or how-to videos on YouTube, or creating a podcast where you interview experts and other people in the industry you’re trying to break into.

Once you have a work-related online footprint of some kind, include links and short descriptions of the most relevant sites in a dedicated section of your resume too.

PS: You can get an even better handle on what the layout of your resume should look like by perusing LiveCareer's extensive collection of resume examples.

4. Aim to Appear Professional

Having no work experience does not mean you are unqualified. Let’s repeat that—having no work experience does not mean you are unqualified!

Maintain consistent tense, style, and font when writing resumes that are tailored to specific positions, and take the time to proofread your writing for typos. Ask a friend—maybe one who is or was an English major—to read your resume as well. A second set of eyes can really come in handy when it comes to spotting typos or errors in a resume.

Use a resume building service like LiveCareer’s Resume Builder to develop a strong, professional resume that communicates enthusiasm and competence to employers. By promoting your skills and achievements, employers will be sure to see you as a perfect fit for their company, even with no work experience.

Your professional summary should come Since you don't have work experience, your Professional summary example #1: should always come first.

How to Write an Awesome CV for Your First Job (with Example)

writing a resume for your first job

  1. Study the required skills listed in the job ad. Make a list of all of the hard and soft skills, experience, and educational requirements the job calls for and highlight those credentials that you possess. These will feature prominently in the Skills section of your resume.
  2. Gather your employment information. Having the names and addresses of your past employers, your dates of employment, a list of any awards you’ve won, certifications you’ve earned, and other information at the ready. This information will help you to fill out your Work Experience section.
  3. Collect your academic achievements. This might include your GPA, if you’ve recently graduated. Also, include academic awards, prestigious scholarships, and other honors.
  4. Choose your resume format and organize the information you’ve gathered into the four main sections: Professional Summary, Skills, Work Experience, and Education.
  5. Proofread your document and ask a trusted friend to proof it, too.
  6. Need more help? Use a professional resume builder.

More on Writing a Resume for Your First Job

Brainstorm

Before you even get started typing anything up, take a moment to jot down the experience and skills you have that are relevant to the position you’re applying for. Unfortunately, you can’t just create one resume and send it off to a dozen companies—not if you want a fighting chance at getting interviews.

Take the time to study each job posting and think about how you can show that you're the one—the ideal candidate—they're looking for.

Remember, this is the way you’re introducing yourself to a potential employer; make them think, “this person is perfect for the job!” Especially when you’re just starting out, your resume doesn’t have to only include past employment. Think about experiences in which you’ve taken on leadership roles, demonstrated initiative, or learned a specific skill. You’ll want employers to know about those. This list could include awards, skills with certain computer programs, volunteer projects, leadership roles in the community, university organizations, or classes you’ve taken that are relevant to the job.

Always keep the employer and job description in mind: how can you show them that your experience and skills make you perfect for this position? Keep whatever you list on your resume relevant and tailored to the position.

Put It All Together

Now it's time to get writing. There are tons of resume examples on the web that you can use for reference and inspiration. Use a professional format, and make sure your resume is simple, clean, and easy to get information from. For a first resume, you'll probably only need one page.

Start your resume with a summary statement that discusses your career goals and personal strengths. If a hiring manager were to only read your summary statement and nothing else on your resume, they should know exactly what you’ve done in your career and what you want to do moving forward. So try your hardest to relate your past experience (even if it’s school) to the target job.

Generally, resumes from students and recent grads highlight their education. List colleges that you’ve attended (or high schools, if you haven't gone to college yet), along with your graduation or expected graduation date and type of degree. Most career experts agree that you should leave off your GPA unless it's particularly impressive (say, 3.5 or higher, maybe a little lower if your course of study was particularly challenging).

Next, you'll have an experience section. This is where you put past jobs and internships. Include specific information about what your job duties were—usually this information is bulleted.

Try to write job descriptions that show that you took initiative or accomplished a specific goal (use numbers if you can).

After that, it gets a little more personal. Depending on your specific background and the position you're applying to, there are lots of other sections you might add: volunteer experience, relevant coursework, extracurricular activities and community involvement, computer or language skills, or professional certifications. Don't stress these sections too much! Remember that the goal is to communicate your experience to a hiring manager in a clear and concise manner, not to wow them with your resume design.

Proofread!

You may have heard that if your resume has even one typo, it’ll be thrown in the trash. While this isn't always true, you certainly won't look conscientious or detail oriented if your resume is littered with errors.Don't rely on your word processing program to catch errors—print out your resume and proofread it. Then find a friend and ask them to proofread it. Run it past your grandma. Better yet, use an online resume check that will scan your resume for any and all mistakes.

Use the Web

LiveCareer’s Resume Builder will help you write an eye-catching, professional resume from scratch. You can choose a stylish design, insert pre-written resume examples for any job you want, and properly highlight your skills—all in a few minutes. Don’t try to write a resume alone! Let the career experts help you out.

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Resume Example For First Job: Learn How to Craft an Entry-Level Application That Gets You Hired

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By Workopolis

Writing your first resume may seem like a daunting task. You’ve most likely got student loans on the brain, and the pressure of landing a job ahead of your peers can sometimes be overwhelming. The good news is that you don’t have to feel helpless. By putting in some work, and following a strategy, you can create an effective resume that gives a good start on the job market. 

Here are ten things you should know when writing your first resume.

Manage your expectations

As with most first-time experiences, it’s best to temper your expectations when it comes to results. The job market, after all, is very competitive. You will be competing with those with previous work experience and sometimes, even better academic credentials. This not meant to discourage you, it’s just a fact: recent studies show that corporate job openings attract an average of 250 applicants.

Collectively, these factors can weigh against you. But the competition is a good thing. It should push you to try harder and to keep seeking out ways to improve your resume, and your marketable skills. In fact, when it comes to first resumes and job applications, the idea should be to treat the process as a learning experience. Do you think you’ll get a job out of school that you’ll have for the rest of your career? Unlikely. Your resume is equally fluid; look at it as a living document that changes with every application and work experience.

So, even if the process seems discouraging at first, roll with the punches, and it will get better with time.

Click here to find out how to tailor your resume to any job description.

Review your experiences

Fresh graduates and those who are writing their first resume are often concerned that their experiences are not substantial enough. The truth is, when it comes to enticing recruiters, it’s less about “what” you’ve done and more about “how” it could relate to the job opening.

For example, if you’re applying for a job as an HR coordinator, you might want to focus on any part-time work experience that might be relevant (like say working as a team leader at a fast food restaurant). What you need to do is take stock of the responsibilities that are relevant to the job of a HR coordinator:

  • Conducted daily meetings with service staff.
  • Prepared and updated service staff training manuals.
  • Managed training and orientation of new service staff.

When reviewing your experiences, find common ground with what you did and the requirements of the job you are applying for.

Use the job posting as a guide

The best way to make sure your resume gets attention is to tailor it to the job description.

Many recruiters use an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). This is a software program that scans your resume for keywords matching the job posting. If your resume includes a good number of these keywords, you could pass the ATS and move on to the next stage of the hiring process.

So, when reading a job application, take note of the following:

  • Keywords used for hard skills – Skills needed to carry out the job description
  • Keywords used for soft skills – Attributes or personality traits recruiters are looking for in a candidate

The words they’ve used to describe their ideal candidate should serve as a foundation for your own resume writing. The more you can match up with the job posting, the more likely your resume will get noticed.

Keep it within one page

Studies show that on average, a recruiter only spends 10 seconds reviewing a resume. The longer your resume is, especially for an entry-level position, the less likely they will take the time to look it over. Make it lean and concise by getting rid of all the fluff. 

Your first resume should not exceed one page, and it should only list relevant information.

Give your resume a professional look

As we mentioned, recruiters often have to review hundreds of resumes at a time. The last thing you want to do is make it harder for them to read yours.

Make your resume easy to read by using:

  • Common font styles: Helvetica, Calibri, and Cambria
  • A font size between 12 to 14
  • Appropriate spacing
  • No more than six bullet points when highlighting experience, education, and skills
  • Margins at 1” all around
  • Left Aligned format (Justified is also acceptable)

Always keep the overworked recruiter in mind, and remember that a well-organized, professional-looking resume is half the battle.

Start out with a statement 

Contrary to popular belief, recruiters aren’t only interested in what you can do. In fact, recruiters are often more curious about who you are as a person (and a potential co-worker). Do you fit the company culture? Is your personality and attitude a good match for the team? You can help answer these questions for the recruiter by starting with a short introduction that summarizes your career objectives. 

If written in a compelling manner, this can give them a glimpse of your personality and help pique their interest.

Use the functional resume format

The functional resume format highlights your skills and abilities over work experience. The format follows this arrangement:

  • Header
  • Career objectives statement
  • Skills and abilities
  • Work experience
  • Education
  • Interests

Remember to highlight the skills and abilities that are relevant to the job. For example, if you plan to apply for a job in digital marketing, you should bring the following skills front and center:

  • SEO and SEM
  • Blogging
  • Social media
  • Web design
  • Google analytics

It’s also a good idea to include any additional relevant education and certifications.

Know your audience

A resume is more than just a document that summarizes your experiences and accomplishments. It is a marketing tool designed to sell your capabilities and potential.

As a marketing tool, you have to make sure its message is targeted to the recipient: the company and its recruiter. Your resume should address their needs and how you can help them achieve their objectives.  

So, before applying to a job:

  • Research the company, including its history, products, services, company culture, and recent developments
  • Find out everything you can about the specific requirements of the job

When you have the necessary information, look over your resume, and your list of keywords, and aim to emphasize skills and abilities that most align with the company’s culture and the available job. 

Quantify your accomplishments

It’s not enough to just state your accomplishments. You should look to quantify accomplishments with facts and figures. This will make the claim much more memorable for recruiters, and help the accomplishment stand out on your resume.

For example, if you have experience with fundraising and social media, use numbers to make your work stand out:

  • Organized a fundraiser that raised $150,000 for charities
  • Increased engagement rate of company’s Twitter profile by 5%

Use action and power words

Recruiters prefer to review resumes that evoke dynamism and action. By using the right action and power words, you can compel the recruiter to read on (and call you for an interview). The best action and power words are those that are concise, clear, and direct.

Here are a few examples of action words:

  • Achieved
  • Improved
  • Resolved
  • Managed
  • Created
  • Generated
  • Overhauled
  • Implemented
  • Streamlined
  • Initiated
  • Organized
  • Introduced
  • Identified
  • Launched
  • Increased

There you have it; ten tips you can use to create a great first resume. Remember, writing a resume is a learned skill. With persistence and patience, you will eventually land the job you want.

 

About Felix Tarcomnicu

Felix Tarcomnicu is the founder of Resume OK, which helps job seekers write professional resumes to find the job of their dreams.

 

Your professional summary should come Since you don't have work experience, your Professional summary example #1: should always come first.

How to Write a Resume

writing a resume for your first job

Whether a first job resume, an entry-level resume, or a resume for a first job in this particular field, one thing is certain:

 

You don’t have experience relevant to this position.

 

Making matters worse, you’re up against 249 other candidates.

 

But, let me ease your mind.

 

All 250 of you are new. It’s their first time applying to this job, as well.

 

To gain the upper hand, you have to write an entry-level resume that grabs the hiring manager’s attention.

 

Here’s how—

 

In this resume guide, you’ll see:

  • How to make a resume with little experience that outshines others with experience.
  • What education and skills to put on entry-level resumes to let you shine.
  • Dozens of great resume samples to help you get those entry-level jobs.
  • Tips and advice on how to create a resume objective that sells you to them.

 

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First up, here’s a sample resume for a candidate without relevant work history:

 

Entry-Level Resume Example

 

Alessandra Frigiola

212-555-3214 • [email protected] • linkedin.com/in/alessandrafrigiola • twitter.com/alessandrafrigo

 

Objective Statement

 

Dependable university graduate with IT major in cloud infrastructure and deployment. Seeking to apply award-winning UI design (2018 GoodLooks winner in User Interface—Personal Blog category), highly-scored cloud architecture project management (99.35%), and modern networking skills to grow alongside SWA as the new cloud engineer.

 

Education

 

BS in IT Infrastructure—Data Science Specialty

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Relevant Coursework

  • Cloud infrastructure and deployment
  • Safety and security measures for tomorrow’s IT world

 

Work Experience

 

Restaurant Server

Bahari, Astoria, NY

January 2017–December 2018

Key Achievements

  • Increased sales by 230% by connecting restaurant to Uber Eats.
  • Implemented new POS integration, saving 97% of IT budget.

 

Skills

 

  • User interface & user experience
  • Cloud architecture
  • Project management
  • Network administration
  • Cloud deployment

 

Certifications

 

  • 2017 CompTIA Network+ Certificate

 

Languages

 

  • English—Native Proficiency
  • German—Intermediate Conversational

 

1. Choose the Best Entry-Level Resume Format

 

With your level of experience, it’s not your work history that’ll catch their attention.

 

So what will?

 

For starters, knowing how to format a resume for entry-level jobs:

  • Stay reverse-chronological. Whether it’s in your work experience or your education section, list your most recent entry first, and go back from there.
  • Order each section strategically. The most relevant items should be the closest to the top always.
  • Use a professional design. Choose the best resume font, use standard margins and line spacing, and keep white space to improve scannability.
  • Stick to a one-column template. This makes it easy for the recruiters (and any machine software, like the ATS) to scan and find exactly what they’re looking for. If (for some strange reason) you need more real estate, a two-column template is fine.
  • Use bold subheadings with a larger font size than the regular text. This will differentiate each resume section and make the document easier to follow.

Expert Hint: Want to make sure that your entry-level resume renders correctly on the hiring manager’s computer like it does on your own? Save the resume as a PDF. The PDF keeps all your formatting and fonts intact.

2. Write a Compelling Entry-Level Resume Objective Statement

 

According to an eye-tracking study by TheLadders, employers give your resume a mere 7-second glance.

 

That hurts.

 

So, you’ve got to make that time count.

 

How?

 

Put a powerful resume objective on top of your resume.

 

Also known as a resume profile, this is a brief paragraph of text explaining (1) what skills you have, and (2) how you want to develop at a given company

 

How to write an objective for a resume without experience?

 

Let’s look at two resume objective examples for an entry-level IT role:

 

Entry-Level Resume Objective—Samples

Why is that second resume objective sample so bad? Too many adjectives and too much focus on you.

 

What makes the other one so good?

 

It follows all the best resume objective practices.

 

The ideal entry-level resume objective is:

  • About them, not you. Sure, it’s your objective, but the employer needs to see that you have their best interests in mind.
  • Written to prove your worth. Everyone says they’re [adjective] and [adjective], but that doesn’t tell the hiring manager how well you’ll perform. Use numbers to quantify and back up how great you are.
  • Tailored to the job ad. The bad example could be sent out to anyone, while the good one is personalized and specifically mentions the company by name.
  • Packed with the skills you bring. Even if it’s an entry-level role or a first-time job, you still can find transferable skills from college, personal projects, etc. We’ll cover this more shortly.
  • Free from tired phrasing. That first example is just jargon-vomit.

 

3. Highlight Your Hireability in the Entry-Level Resume Education Section

 

Lack of relevant past employment can make or break your resume.

 

But it doesn’t have to—if you switch tactics.

 

Always start your resume with your greatest strength. If that means your education, go with that!

 

Move the education section above the experience section and highlight your greatest educational wins.

 

When writing your entry-level resume education section:

  • Start from your most recent schooling, and go backward from there.
  • Add your high school if you have an incomplete college degree.
  • Leave your high school off of your resume if you’ve finished university.

 

Additionally, you will get a leg up on your competitors by listing any honors, minors, extracurricular activities, and relevant coursework as an education subsection. We go into detail in our resume education guide.

 

So, how to put education on an entry-level resume?

 

Look at this sample:

 

Entry-Level Resume Example—Education

 

BS in IT Infrastructure—Data Science Specialty

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

 

4. Expand Your Entry-Level Resume with Some Experience That’s Relevant

 

So, some of you might be writing a resume with no job experience, which means you can skip this part, right?

 

Technically, yes. You could just move on to other resume areas.

 

But—

 

I strongly suggest you get some experience.

 

I don’t mean getting a first-first job before your first job, but rather doing some freelance gigs or volunteer work.

 

Looking to become a graphic designer? Find some one-off design gigs on Upwork—it’ll look great on your resume for first jobs and/or professional portfolio.

 

Alternatively—

 

Highlight relevant skills or achievements from unrelated job. Let’s say you are an IT student who worked part-time as a waiter:

 

Entry-Level Resume Example—Work Experience

 

Restaurant Server

Bahari, Astoria, NY

January 2017–December 2018

Key Achievements

  • Increased sales by 230% by connecting restaurant to Uber Eats.
  • Implemented new POS integration, saving 97% of IT budget.

 

We skipped the common “job responsibilities” subsection, but we highlighted tech-centric resume achievements. Also, start each achievement and job duty entry with a power verb.

 

You may have waited tables, but handling that installation of the new POS, as well as integrating them with Uber Eats—super relevant on the entry-level IT resume!

Expert Hint: Don’t add too many skills to your resume. You don’t want to get thought of as the “jack of all trades, master of none.” Add no more than 10.

Find out more: Resume Work Experience Section: Job Descriptions that Wow

 

5. Add a Relevant Skills Section to Your Entry-Level Resume

 

There used to be a time when everyone and their mother put they’re skilled in Microsoft Word.

 

(Some people still do.)

 

Don’t get me wrong, this is a great skill to have.

 

But—

 

It’s irrelevant to 99% of jobs.

 

What are relevant skills to put on a resume?

 

Take a look at that job description again.

 

Find the area that says “Qualifications” or “Requirements”—THESE are the things they’re looking for on your entry-level resume.

 

And include them in your resume, because—

 

Remember that ATS thing? This software scans your resume in search of resume keywords. Key words often mean key skills.

 

So, when finding skills to list on resumes:

  • Add the skills they’re looking for (in the job ad).
  • Skip skills that aren’t relevant (like Photoshop if you’re looking to be a sous chef).
  • Sprinkle in some hard and soft skills that are relevant to the industry.

 

6. Stand Out With Additional Entry-Level Resume Sections

 

Since you have a first-time resume, you’ll be hard-pressed to fill out even one page.

 

Treat it as an unintentional gift.

 

You have room to make the case for your candidacy in other, less traditional ways:

 

Add extra resume sections.

 

Here are the best resume parts to include to make your entry-level resume exceptional:

 

Entry-Level Resume Example—Extra Sections

 

  1. Volunteer Experience on Resumes

When you have very little relevant work experience, add any volunteer work in a separate section. When you have no experience at all, add your volunteer work within your main work history section.

 

  1. Languages

Can you speak French or Spanish? Add it to your entry-level resume and describe your linguistic proficiency. Fluency in a second language can make all the difference to a hiring manager.

 

  1. Certifications & Awards

Certificates can make up for what’s lacking in your experience section. Looking to be an IT consultant? That CompTIA Network+ certificate you’ve earned will come in handy. An award for the best apple pie at the state fair will likewise look great on a restaurant resume.

 

  1. Hobbies and Interests

At first glance, who cares, right? But adding hobbies and interests can subtly show aptitude and certain skills. For example, team sports emphasize teamwork, while coaching team sports help show managerial skills.

Expert Hint: One resume addition you should leave off always is that “References Available Upon Request” line. Because, they know, you know? This is always implied.

7. Amp up Your Entry-Level Resume with a Great Cover Letter

 

A cover letter is a must alongside your entry-level resume.

 

Why?

 

First, it is your secret power to convince the recruiter you’re worth hiring even without relevant jobs under your belt.

 

Second, almost half of all employers will simply reject your first job resume if a cover letter doesn’t come with it.

 

Lubomir Tomaska of Comenius University in Bratislava puts it like this:

 

“Think of your cover letter as… a cork that represents an entry to the contents of a wine bottle. Just as a cracked or rotten cork will discourage a user from pouring the contents of the bottle into a glass…, an uninspiring cover letter might prevent the recruiter from reading the full application and assessing your suitability for the position.”

 

We won’t go into how to write a cover letter here, but check out our guide on writing a cover letter with no experience before you send one with your resume.

 

Also, check out our best cover letter tips to adjust it to perfection!

Expert Hint: Your cover letter is not supposed to repeat your resume. Rather, it complements your entry-level resume by adding additional details and explaining your motivation to work at a given company.

Key Points

 

  • Use the reverse-chronological format on your first-time resume.
  • For an effective entry-level resume, write a compelling resume objective.
  • Upgrade your resume by describing your education first.
  • Use the job ad to add relevant keywords to your entry-level skills section.
  • Make your resume more unique by including additional resume sections.
  • ALWAYS include a first-time cover letter with your resume.

 

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