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Dependable university graduate with IT major in cloud infrastructure and deployment. Seeking to apply award-winning UI design (2018 GoodLooks winner in User Interface—Personal Blog category), highly-scored cloud architecture project management (99.35%), and modern networking skills to grow alongside SWA as the new cloud engineer.
BS in IT Infrastructure—Data Science Specialty
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Cloud infrastructure and deployment
Safety and security measures for tomorrow’s IT world
Bahari, Astoria, NY
January 2017–December 2018
Increased sales by 230% by connecting restaurant to Uber Eats.
Implemented new POS integration, saving 97% of IT budget.
User interface & user experience
2017 CompTIA Network+ Certificate
1. Choose the Best Entry-Level Resume Format
With your level of experience, it’s not your work history that’ll catch their attention.
Stay reverse-chronological. Whether it’s in your work experience or your education section, list your most recent entry first, and go back from there. If you're still not sure if it's the right choice for you, check out this guide on functional vs chronological resumes.
Order each section strategically. The most relevant items should be the closest to the top always.
Stick to a one-column template. This makes it easy for the recruiters (and any machine software, like the ATS) to scan and find exactly what they’re looking for. If (for some strange reason) you need more real estate, a two-column template is fine.
Use bold subheadings with a larger font size than the regular text. This will differentiate each resume section and make the document easier to follow.
Expert Hint: Want to make sure that your entry-level resume renders correctly on the hiring manager’s computer like it does on your own? Save the resume as a PDF. The PDF keeps all your formatting and fonts intact.
2. Write a Compelling Beginner Resume Objective Statement
According to an eye-tracking study by TheLadders, employers give your resume a mere 7-second glance.
So, you’ve got to make that time count.
Put a powerful resume objectiveon top of your entry-level resume (avoid writing a resume summary unless you already have some work experience under your belt).
Also known as a resume profile, this is a brief paragraph of text explaining (1) what skills you have, and (2) how you want to develop at a given company
How to write an objective for a resume without experience?
Let’s look at two beginner resume objective examples for an entry-level role:
Entry-Level Resume Objective Examples
Why is that second beginner resume objective sample so bad? Too many adjectives and too much focus on you.
What makes the other one so good?
It follows all the best resume objective practices.
The ideal entry-level resume objective is:
About them, not you. Sure, it’s your objective, but the employer needs to see that you have their best interests in mind.
Written to prove your worth. Everyone says they’re [adjective] and [adjective], but that doesn’t tell the hiring manager how well you’ll perform. Use numbers to quantify and back up how great you are.
Tailored to the job ad. The bad example could be sent out to anyone, while the good one is personalized and specifically mentions the company by name.
Packed with the skills you bring. Even if it’s an entry-level role or a first-time job, you still can find transferable skills from college, personal projects, technical skills,outstanding computer skills etc. We’ll cover this more shortly.
Free from tired phrasing. That first example is just jargon-vomit.
3. Highlight Your Hireability in the Entry-Level Resume Education Section
Lack of relevant past employment can make or break your first job resume.
But it doesn’t have to—if you switch tactics.
Always start your resume with your greatest strength. If that means your education, go with that!
Move the education section above the experience section and highlight your greatest educational wins.
When writing your entry-level resume education section:
Start from your most recent schooling, and go backward from there.
Add your high school if you have an incomplete college degree.
Leave your high school off of your resume if you’ve finished university.
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Certificates can make up for what’s lacking in your experience section. Looking to be an IT consultant? That CompTIA Network+ certificate you’ve earned will come in handy. An award for the best apple pie at the state fair will likewise look great on a restaurant resume.
At first glance, who cares, right? But adding hobbies and interests can subtly show aptitude and certain skills. For example, team sports emphasize teamwork, while coaching team sports help show managerial skills.
“Think of your cover letter as… a cork that represents an entry to the contents of a wine bottle. Just as a cracked or rotten cork will discourage a user from pouring the contents of the bottle into a glass…, an uninspiring cover letter might prevent the recruiter from reading the full application and assessing your suitability for the position.”
Expert Hint: The importance of a cover letter can't be ignored. But remember, a cover letter is not supposed to repeat your resume. It should complement your entry-level resume by adding additional details and explaining your motivation to work at a given company.
Double your impact with a matching resume and cover letter combo. Use our cover letter generator and make your application documents pop out.
Christian Eilers is a resume expert and a career advice writer at ResumeLab. His insights and career guides have been published by Business Insider, FitSmallBusiness, Business News Daily, OppLoans, First for Women, and UpJourney, among others. Christian offers comprehensive advice on career development and each step of the job search, from start to finish and beyond. His guides cover looking for new jobs, sending application documents such as resumes and cover letters, acing interview questions, and settling into the new position. Since 2017, he has written over 200 in-depth, meticulously-researched career advice articles in collaboration with the most renowned career experts in the world. Hundreds of thousands of readers visit Christian’s articles each month. Christian majored in Communication & Culture, Anthropology at the City University of New York. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and learning about cultures and traditions from around the world.