How to Create a Resume for an Entry Level Job

Entry-level job applicants benefit from having polished resumes to present to prospective employers, but writing them in such a way that highlights your best personal and professional attributes can be tricky. The following instructions should help you put together an effective entry-level resume.

Contact Information
Your contact information should always appear as the header of your resume. Include your name, address, phone number, and email in an appropriately sized, legible font.

Qualifications Summary
The qualifications summary comes next. Write a brief paragraph about your professional abilities and related skills using clear and direct language. Try to relate your qualifications summary back to the industry in which you are applying by adding relevant keywords and highlighting experience in similar positions. Applicants without formal experience can cite related volunteer experiences or training.

Education
Next, provide information regarding your most recent education only. This means that college students (or graduates) should not include the contact info for their high school. Be sure to include the name of the institution, location (city and state), relevant areas of study, whether you’ve graduated, and the month and year of your graduation. Individuals who have yet to graduate should share projected dates of completion.

Work Experience
Employment experience is the most important aspect of any entry-level resume. List past jobs starting with your most recent positions, and include information like name of the company, dates employed, your job title, and a brief description of your responsibilities. Write clearly and highlight your special contributions to the company. If you have a lot of past experience, list no more than four jobs and pick positions relevant to the one for which you’re applying.

References
Finally, job candidates can choose to close their resume with a list of professional references, including names, phone numbers, places of employment, and occupations, or a simple statement offering references upon the request of the employer.

Example Resume

John Smith

123 Main St, Anytown, CA 12345
(123) 456-7890
myemail@email.com

Qualifications Summary

Motivated hard worker seeking customer service position to utilize communication and organizational skills.

Education

Franklin High School – Anytown, CA – June 2012

Work Experience

Walmart

August 2012 – Present

Cashier – Anytown, CA

  • Deliver customer service with a smile.
  • Operate a cash register with minimal mistakes.

McDonalds

September 2011 – July 2012

Team Member – Anytown, CA

  • Greeted customers and took orders.
  • Handled money and gave change.
  • Maintained a clean and orderly environment through the restaurant.

References available upon request.