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Few things baffle new college graduates more than writing resumes.

Don’t worry:

Most seasoned professionals are just as baffled.

Most colleges are equipped with a Career Center with professional staff able and willing to train students in writing resumes, cover letters and other career documents, often providing resume samples for multiple fields, but students may not utilize these resources.

This article will provide basics on writing a resume designed to make a good impression and help get an interview for a new grad or a professional seeking an entry-level job in any field.

As for the length of a resume, keep it to one page unless you have two pages worth of experience, education, and accomplishments that are directly relevant to the job you’re applying for.


What is a Resume?

Now that is the million-dollar question:

What the heck is the purpose of a resume?

A resume is a document that provides details of a job seeker’s work history, educational background, and skillsets.

Contrary to popular belief, a resume doesn’t get a job seeker a job (at least not in most cases). Instead, a resume is a short biography that is geared toward gaining the attention of an employer and landing a job seeker a job interview.

That’s a resume in a nutshell. It’s your way of introducing yourself to an employer and convincing them that you have skills and experience that will likely translate into your being a great employee.

As a side note, you may have heard someone refer to a resume as a “CV.” That stands for “curriculum vitae,” which is essentially a resume on steroids.

A CV thoroughly documents a professional’s work history and is a device tailored to those with extensive experience in a given field (mostly in the sciences and education).

For new grads and those seeking entry-level positions, a CV is not the way to go. For those in the sciences and education, see both a resume sample and a CV sample from your department for future guidance.


Resume Samples

For those looking to write their own resumes, check out the following resume samples with bits of advice to help fine-tune them.

In addition to these samples, ask professors and/or friends or family members who work in relevant fields if you can view their resumes (or, better yet, ask if they would review your resume). Collectively, these resume examples provide great assistance in writing a resume that gets noticed by an employer.


The “Entry-level Job” Resume

When applying for an entry-level position, it is crucial that a job seeker find a way to stand out from the pool of candidates as usually a large number of new graduates are applying to the same position.

  • Identifying your educational background is important. In a “Summary of Qualifications” section, it is worth considering a mention of specific courses completed that relate to the position or career path being pursued.
  • Job seekers should list accomplishments and/or general duties they completed at past jobs that tie directly into the job being applied to (“soft skills” like good communication skills or strong time management skills are always something to consider here).
  • For fields where computer programming is key to efficient operations, identifying any relevant programming experience is a must.

In the following Entry-level accountant resume sample, an accounting graduate, while never having had an official “accounting” position, should identify accounting-relating expertise and training completed. Listing general business skills is likewise a worthy addition.

Entry Level Job Resume (Text Format)

JANE SMITH

100 Home Street | Somewhere, NY 00000
555.555.5555 | username.email.com

EDUCATION

Ebenezer Community College | West Seneca, NY (May 2017)
Associates, Accounting

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experienced in administering accounting records and overseeing audits of customer accounts.
  • Proficiency in addressing customer complaints, increasing customer base/retention and improving sales.
  • Experienced in point of sales transactions, accounts receivable management and billing.
  • Relevant coursework including Financial Accounting, Financial Accounting and International Accounting.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Granite-Insurance Call Center | Eden, NY (2011 – Present)
Assistant Manager, Customer Service Desk

  • Developed Excel-based database for documenting customer concerns; decreased response time for service & product complaints.
  • Adjusted company operations per customer surveys, which led to a 23% reduction in customer complaints within one year.
  • Assisted manager in administering accounting records

Wildman Comics | Buffalo, NY (2009 – 2011)
Sales Associate

  • Aided manager in upgrading and implementing new accounts management software, which resulted in a 10% reduction in time reviewing company’s accounts.
  • Trained staff in use of Excel and social media for managing sales records and marketing new merchandise.
  • Adept at point of sales operations. Assisted in stocking of merchandise and distributing of advertisements.

COMPUTER PROFICIENCIES

Peachtree Accounting Software; Excel, PowerPoint & Word; QuickBooks

>>> Download the “Entry Level Job Resume” sample here.


The “Part-time Job” Resume

When individuals are seeking a part-time job, the general rules of resume writing tend to go out the window. In the instance where a job seeker is looking for a part-time job in his field (for instance Creative Writing), it is important to identify relevant experience and education such as editing skills, playwriting experience, and teaching experience in language arts classrooms.

However, if the part-time job is simply a way to gain additional “spending money” or to help gain additional funds for retirement savings, it may be beneficial to limit information placed on a resume.

For example:

A job seeker with a business administration degree (and a full-time position as a manager at a national chain) who is seeking a part-time job to pay for a new car might look to get a sales associate position to help generate additional revenue.

On a resume in such instances, it would likely be unnecessary to list details about the job seeker’s “management” experience.

Likewise, listing you have an MBA might be too much information as the hiring manager may consider such an applicant as a future threat.

Stick with posting business skills and sales training experience relevant to the part-time position sought. As always, list any past accomplishments that tie directly to the part-time position.

Part Time Job Resume (Text Format)

JANE SMITH

100 Home Street | Somewhere, NY 00000
555.555.5555 | username.email.com

EDUCATION

Ebenezer State College | West Seneca, NY (May 2015)
Bachelors of Science, Business Economics

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • Proficiency in addressing customer complaints, increasing customer base/retention and improving sales.
  • Experienced in point of sales transactions, accounts receivable management and billing.
  • Relevant coursework including Accounting, Sales Methods & Techniques, and Advertising.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

National Sales Chain | Eden, NY (2011 – Present)
Manager

  • Developed Excel-based database for documenting customer concerns; decreased response time for service & product complaints.
  • Exceled at point of sale operations and rapidly addressing customer needs and/or complaints.

Sears, Inc. | Buffalo, NY (2009 – 2011)
Sales Associate

  • Aided manager in upgrading and implementing new accounts management software, which resulted in a 10% reduction in time reviewing company’s accounts.
  • Trained staff in use of Excel and social media for managing sales records and marketing new merchandise.
  • Adept at point of sales operations. Assisted in stocking of merchandise and distributing of advertisements.

COMPUTER PROFICIENCIES

Excel, PowerPoint & Word; QuickBooks

>>> Download the “Part Time Job Resume” sample here.


The “No Relevant Experience” Resume

Often new graduates or established professionals seek a fresh start and want to pursue work in a field for which they have no relevant experience.

This is when things get a bit difficult.

For instance, looking at the entry-level resume example above, let’s say that after graduation, that individual wanted to move into a Human Services field. Most fields have entry-level positions that require little to no previous experience, and where new hires receive needed training after being hired.

If you take a look at a lot of posted positions on job search engines, just having an associate’s or bachelor’s degree is enough to apply/be considered for hiring.

In these instances, it is vital to highlight general employment and work skills that are needed for most if not all jobs. In a ‘Summary of Qualifications’ section, highlight any skillsets that link well with the job sought.

Additionally, listing any ‘general studies’ classes that relate to the job being applied to can be beneficial (See, general education/liberal arts classes can be extremely important to a job seeker in the future!)

Here is the earlier “entry-level” resume modified for applying to an office assistant position in a dentist’s office.

Notice the changes?

The job seeker’s resume was adapted to focus on experience related to general office management operations and education more befitting a medical environment: confidential records management skills, HR expertise, and training in occupational safety.

Lastly, as previously discussed in the “part-time” job search, leaving off graduate degrees and advanced certifications irrelevant to the new job path is worth considering as a hiring manager may see such education as an indication that the job seeker is just looking for any job until a position related to her/his master’s degree becomes available.

No Relevant Experience Resume Sample (Text Format)

JANE SMITH

100 Home Street | Somewhere, NY 00000
555.555.5555 | username.email.com

EDUCATION

Ebenezer Community College | West Seneca, NY (May 2017)
Associates, Accounting

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experienced in administering office records and providing extensive customer service support in fast-paced environments.
  • Proficiency in mediating customer complaints and maintaining the confidentiality of records.
  • Relevant coursework including Occupational Safety, Personal Safety, Human Biology, and Human Resource Management.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Granite-Insurance Call Center | Eden, NY (2011 – Present)
Assistant Manager, Customer Service Desk

  • Developed Excel-based database for documenting customer concerns; decreased response time for service & customer complaints.
  • Adjusted company operations per customer surveys, which led to a 23% reduction in customer complaints within one year.
  • Assisted manager in administering customer records.

Wildman Comics | Buffalo, NY (2009 – 2011)
Sales Associate

  • Aided manager in upgrading and implementing new accounts management software, which resulted in a 10% reduction in time reviewing company’s accounts.
  • Trained staff in use of Excel and social media for managing sales records and marketing new merchandise.
  • Adept at point of sales operations. Assisted in the stocking of merchandise and distributing of advertisements.

COMPUTER PROFICIENCIES

Excel, PowerPoint & Word; QuickBooks

>>> Download the “No Relevant Experience Resume” sample here.


The “Internship” Resume

When applying for an internship, it’s important to highlight skills and education relevant to the business/organization at which you’re seeking an internship.

Researching the organization is key here.

Find out what internships are available, or at the very least (when no official internships are posted), what responsibilities are for various departments at the organization. From there, fine-tune your resume to match the internship sought.

Adding soft skills can help give meat to a resume in instances where the internship seeker has little work or volunteer experience.

For those sending out a request to see if internships are available, this is where knowing about the organization’s procedures is key. For example, if interested in working in a corporate job environment, looking into an internship with small or large corporations is an obvious path.

To entice a corporation to consider you, list training and experience that ties in with the corporation’s products and/or services. Again, using the “entry-level” resume sample above as a guide, consider the individual seeking to work at a company that sold pharmaceuticals.

Such companies depend upon accomplished sales staff to market new medications to medical facilities and physicians. Consequently, having knowledge of best sales/marketing practices and human health issues is beneficial. Review the revisions to the “entry-level” resume sample and see how compiling all relevant business skills would look.

Internship Resume Sample (Text Format)

JANE SMITH

100 Home Street | Somewhere, NY 00000
555.555.5555 | username.email.com

EDUCATION

Ebenezer Community College | West Seneca, NY (May 2017)
Associates, Accounting

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experienced in administering office records and providing extensive customer service support in fast-paced environments.
  • Proficiency in mediating customer complaints and maintaining confidentiality of records.
  • Relevant coursework including Accounting, economic statistics, marketing, personal safety, human biology, and human resource management.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Granite-Insurance Call Center | Eden, NY (2011 – Present)
Assistant Manager, Customer Service Desk

  • Developed Excel-based database for documenting customer concerns; decreased response time for service & customer complaints.
  • Adjusted company operations per customer surveys, which led to a 23% reduction in customer complaints within one year.
  • Assisted manager in administering customer records.

Wildman Comics | Buffalo, NY (2009 – 2011)
Sales Associate

  • Aided manager in upgrading and implementing new accounts management software, which resulted in a 10% reduction in time reviewing company’s accounts.
  • Trained staff in use of Excel and social media for managing sales records and marketing new merchandise.
  • Adept at point of sales operations. Assisted in stocking of merchandise and distributing of advertisements.

COMPUTER PROFICIENCIES

Excel, PowerPoint & Word; QuickBooks; Peachtree Accounting Software

>>> Download the “Internship Resume” sample here.

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