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Entry level and associate positions are important jobs. They can help develop you as a worker and bulk up your resume. They can also provide the foot in the door of a company that offers quality careers. If you feel like your resume is less than perfect, you can rest at ease. We had experts break down this example of an entry level resume to highlight the best ways to create a polished document, even if your experience feels light.
Split the skill into two columns
There are two compelling reasons to make multiple columns in this sample. First, whenever a list gets longer than eight entries, it can start to feel tiresome. Finishing the whole list can feel like a chore, and this encumbering presentation is likely to lose an interviewer’s attention before they finish reading. The second reason is to fill some of the white space. This particular example feels a little bit empty and, by extension, underwhelming. A second column of skills will help to improve on that aesthetic. Wrong:
Even though both examples present the exact same information, the second version uses presentation to improve its impact. The two-column format feels like more information while being easier to read and absorb.
Have at least five bullet points per work listing
Entry level applicants frequently have less work experience on their resume. That makes it even more important to make each job count. Any item in work history should aim to have five to eight bullet points outlining that experience. It is easy to feel like an entry level job didn’t offer much that is presentable to a new employer, but if you take a little time, you can think of some valuable points. Every job presents challenges that employers at every level have to overcome. It is more than ok to use specific examples of success in this section. Such points typically carry more weight than general job description lists.
List work experience in reverse chronological order
In general, items in a resume should be listed by their order of importance. In the case of work history, employers almost always deem the most recent work and the strongest indicator of your hiring potential. In this example, the laborer job started first but ended last. That makes it the most recent example of work. It is tempting to list it second because it is a less impressive item, but adding the appropriate bullet points can fix that problem.
Try to fill a full page
Entry level resumes rarely need to be longer than one page. Even so, if they are too short, they have the same underwhelming impact that was discussed in the skills section. You don’t want the mistake of putting pointless filler in your resume. That said, there are usually items of value that you can find to add. Some quality additions you can consider are awards, accomplishments, certifications, specific training, related associations and volunteer work. If it is relevant to the job, even some hobbies can be a meaningful addition. Don’t add entries just for the sake of adding words, but don’t hold back a good example of why you should be hired just because it doesn’t fit in a traditional work experience section of a resume. Don’t stop here. You can get even more help by using QuintCareer’s Resume Builder.