5 Resume Tips for Entry Level Jobs
Applying for an entry level job can be a daunting process especially if you have never held a job before, so it is important to consider how you portray yourself in the first stage of the job application process. A resume is an important tool as it is essentially a marketing tool that demonstrates your employability and fit to the job you are applying for.
Here’s five tips that will help you build a strong resume to land the entry level job you need:
1. Include your career objective
Though optional, an introductory section that talks about what you are seeking in a job or career will help emphasize your interests, skills and ambition. This helps in conveying your motives for the job and that you are a good match for a position in the company you are applying to. It is important that the career objective talks about what you will offer to the company and how you will help achieve its goals rather than what you want from the company and how it will help yourself with your career.
2. Exhibit your skills
Skills that you’ve learnt in other work environments, school/university/TAFE or throughout your life, should be listed in your resume if they are translatable or can be put into practice in the position you are applying for. Soft skills (such as problem solving or teamwork ) are just as important as hard skills (such as computer skills )! .Instead of simply listing out all your skills, you should aim to integrate this with your experiences using the STAR method, where you explain a Situation and Task you had to do, the Action you took, and the Results of your actions. Demonstrating how you applied your skills effectively is important.
3. Leverage your experiences
Describe experiences that show you have been productive with your time or have been holding some responsibilities. If you have not worked a full-time job before, part-time jobs can be good to display, and whatever vacation jobs, internships, volunteering experiences and extracurricular activities you’ve gathered can help show your leadership capabilities, ability to take initiative, hold responsibilities and your personal characteristics ( such as work ethic ).
4. Relevant coursework can be worth mentioning
Education should be listed in a resume for any job application .However , it doesn’t always set you apart unless you can make it add value to your resume..For example , it can help if you can include relevant coursework in your resume that demonstrates your expertise in an area and show that you have the knowledge required to perform the job . Theory that you can put into practice is valuable.
5. Get feedback
Ask for feedback from people who know you well , or ask friends or family to have a look and provide recommendations on aspects that you could improve on. Also, there may be errors that you may have overlooked, so it is good to have someone else read your resume to help with spell-checking and proofreading. Take note of resume templates or have a look at resumes of people whom have successfully landed jobs. This will help set a benchmark for what your resume should be like.
If you have never prepared a resume before you should also refer to our article titled ‘How to write a CV when you don’t have any work experience’ dated 12 December 2016.