Don't Submit Your Entry-Level Resume Without Showcasing
Published: Dec 01, 2011
Every good resume comes with basic components to lure in hiring managers, and they are especially useful for you when writing an entry-level resume. But what are those components? Here are a few to consider:
Career SummaryYou may wonder how you can summarize your career if it’s been a short one in your field. Well, just because you’re an entry-level candidate in your field doesn’t mean you’ve never worked or don’t have any type of history to share. Take time to look at your past to find accomplishments, qualifications, and skills you’ve acquired over the years (e.g., church secretary, student assistant, etc.), then use them in your summary--as long as they relate to the position.
Willingness to Be TrainedBecause both you and the hiring manager know that you may not have a great deal of experience in your field, they need to know that you have a willingness to be trained. Of course, it helps to already have a degree in the field or have been trained otherwise for the position you want. But noting that you have excelled with training and have always been able to hit the ground running is great as well.
Understanding of Your FieldEven if you have yet to put your imprint on the field you love, it’s great to show that you understand it. You can showcase this by highlighting any field-related organizations you belong to, internships you’ve worked, or even field-related projects you’ve completed for school. Also, if you have a Twitter page or blog dedicated to topics in your field, note this (and add the links) in your resume.
Proof of CommitmentEmployers want to know that you are able to commit to them once you’ve started working. A great place to note this is in your career summary. Whether you are switching careers and have a long history with another company, have remained dedicated to an on-campus job in school, or have volunteered for an organization for an extended period of time, it’s good to note your commitment and dedication in your summary.
You Can Work Error-FreeTelling a hiring manager that you are an efficient worker is great, but another way to prove that you can work error-free is to submit a grammar-tight, typo-free resume that looks like it could have been written by a professional. If you submit a document with errors, you’re sure to give the wrong first impression--which you want to avoid at all costs.
Entry-level candidates often have to work harder than others on the corporate ladder to show they’re qualified for the job they want. By incorporating these elements in your resume, you’re well on your way to doing just that.
About the Author
Jessica Hernandez, is a resume authority for the Job Talk America radio program and multi-published expert author for resume, career, and job search publications. She boasts more than ten years in human resources management and hiring for Fortune 500 companies and utilizes her extensive experience to support job seekers in their quest to move onward and upward in their careers. Find out more at Great Resumes Fast.
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