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Entry Level Resume Examples, Templates and Tips for 2024

It's time to find your first job. Worry not, this guide will show you how to nail an entry-level or beginner resume and wow the hiring manager.

Christian Eilers
Christian Eilers
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Entry Level Resume Examples, Templates and Tips for 2024

Whether a beginner resume, an entry-level resume, or a resume for a first job in this particular field, one thing is certain: You don’t have experience relevant to this position.

Making matters worse, you’re up against 249 other candidates. But, let me ease your mind. All 250 of you are new. It’s their first time applying to this job, as well. To gain the upper hand, you have to write an entry-level resume that grabs the hiring manager’s attention. I'll show you how—

In this resume guide, you’ll see:

  • How to make a beginner resume with little experience that outshines others with experience.
  • What education and skills to put on entry-level resumes to let you shine.
  • Dozens of great entry-level resume examples to help you get those entry-level jobs.
  • Tips and advice on how to create a beginner resume objective that sells you to them.

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First up, I made a beginner resume for a candidate without relevant work history:

Entry-Level Resume Example

Alessandra Frigiola

212-555-3214 • alessandra.frigiola@gmail.com • linkedin.com/in/alessandrafrigiola • twitter.com/alessandrafrigo

Objective Statement

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.

Education

BS in IT Infrastructure—Data Science Specialty

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Relevant Coursework

  • Cloud infrastructure and deployment
  • Safety and security measures for tomorrow’s IT world

Work Experience

Restaurant Server

Bahari, Astoria, NY

January 2017–December 2018

Key Achievements

  • Increased sales by 230% by connecting restaurant to Uber Eats.
  • Implemented new POS integration, saving 97% of IT budget.

Skills

  • User interface & user experience
  • Cloud architecture
  • Project management
  • Network administration
  • Cloud deployment

Certifications

  • 2017 CompTIA Network+ Certificate

Languages

  • English—Native Proficiency
  • German—Intermediate Conversational

Creating a splendid entry-level resume is not as hard as you think. You can showcase your potential, enthusiasm, and skills even without work experience. Highlight your education, volunteer work, internships, and certifications. Tailor it to the job you're applying for and you'll be golden.

And don't worry, I'll walk you through each step on this journey.

1. Choose the Best Entry-Level Resume Format

With your level of experience, it’s not your work history that’ll catch their attention. So what will? For starters, knowing how to format a resume for entry-level jobs:

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. That hurts. So, you’ve got to make that time count. How?

I suggest using a powerful resume objective on 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

Good Example
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.
Bad Example
Results-driven, top-notch, dependable, and friendly university graduate looking to be challenged with entry-level IT job which offers great pay, competitive benefits, attractive coworkers, and room to grow so that career in IT can continue to advance.

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. While it's good to showcase industry-specific terminology, avoid overloading your beginner resume with technical jargon.

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.

Additionally, you will get a leg up on your competitors by listing any honors, minors, extracurricular activities, and relevant coursework as an education subsection. We go into detail in our resume education guide.

So, how to put education on an entry-level resume? Look at this sample I made:

Entry-Level Resume Example—Education

BS in IT Infrastructure—Data Science Specialty

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

4. Expand Your Entry-Level Resume with Some Experience That’s Relevant

So, some of you might be writing a resume with no job experience, which means you can skip this part, right? Technically, yes. You could just move on to other resume areas. But—

I strongly suggest you get some experience.

I don’t mean getting a first-first job before your first job, but rather doing some freelance gigs or volunteer work. Looking to become a graphic designer? Find some one-off design gigs on Upwork—it’ll look great on your resume for first jobs and/or professional portfolio.

Alternatively—

Highlight relevant skills or achievements from unrelated job. Let’s say you are an IT student who worked part-time as a waiter:

Entry-Level Resume Example—Work Experience

Restaurant Server

Bahari, Astoria, NY

January 2017–December 2018

Key Achievements

  • Increased sales by 230% by connecting restaurant to Uber Eats.
  • Implemented new POS integration, saving 97% of IT budget.

I skipped the common “job responsibilities” subsection, but I highlighted tech-centric resume achievements. Also, start each achievement and job duty entry with a power verb.

You may have waited tables, but handling that installation of the new POS, as well as integrating them with Uber Eats—super relevant on the entry-level IT resume!

Expert Hint: Don’t add too many skills to your resume. You don’t want to get thought of as the “jack of all trades, master of none.” Add no more than 10.

Find out more: Resume Work Experience Section: Job Descriptions that Wow

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5. Add a Relevant Skills Section to Your Entry-Level Resume

There used to be a time when everyone and their mother put they’re skilled in Microsoft Word. (Some people still do.) Don’t get me wrong, this is a great skill to have. But—

It’s irrelevant to 99% of jobs.

What are relevant skills to put on a resume?

Take a look at that job description again. Find the area that says “Qualifications” or “Requirements”—THESE are the things they’re looking for on your entry-level resume.

And include them in your resume, because—

Remember that ATS thing? This software scans your resume in search of resume keywords. Key words often mean key skills.

So, when finding skills to list on resumes:

  • Add the skills they’re looking for (in the job ad).
  • Skip skills that aren’t relevant (like Photoshop if you’re looking to be a sous chef).
  • Sprinkle in some hard and soft skills that are relevant to the industry.

Common Skills for Entry-Level Resumes

6. Stand Out With Additional Entry-Level Resume Sections

Since you have a first-time resume, you’ll be hard-pressed to fill out even one page. Treat it as an unintentional gift. You have room to make the case for your candidacy in other, less traditional ways:

Add extra resume sections.

Here are the best resume parts to include to make your entry-level resume exceptional:

Entry-Level Resume Example—Extra Sections

  1. Volunteer Experience on Resumes

When you have very little relevant work experience, add any volunteer work in a separate section. When you have no experience at all, add your volunteer work within your main work history section.

  1. Languages

Can you speak French or Spanish? Add it to your entry-level resume and describe your linguistic proficiency. Fluency in a second language can make all the difference to a hiring manager.

  1. Certifications & Awards

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.

  1. Hobbies and Interests

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.

Expert Hint: One resume addition you should leave off always is that “References Available Upon Request” line. Because, they know, you know? This is always implied.

7. Amp up Your Entry-Level Resume with a Great Cover Letter

A cover letter is a must alongside your entry-level resume. Why?

First, it is your secret power to convince the recruiter you’re worth hiring even without relevant jobs under your belt. Second, almost half of all employers will simply reject your first job resume if a cover letter doesn’t come with it.

Lubomir Tomaska of Comenius University in Bratislava puts it like this:

“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.”

I won’t go into how to write a cover letter here, but check out our guide on writing a cover letter with no experience before you send one with your resume.

Also, check out our best cover letter tips to adjust it to perfection!

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.

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Key Points

To have a job-winning entry-level resume:

  • Use the reverse-chronological format on your first-time resume. 
  • Write a compelling beginner resume objective.
  • Upgrade your entry-level resume by describing your education first.
  • Use the job ad to add relevant keywords to your entry-level skills section.
  • Make your resume more unique by including additional resume sections.
  • ALWAYS include an entry-level cover letter with your resume. This guide on how to write a cover letter as a recent graduate is a good place to start. 
  • If the job ad requires it, send the resume by email: here is what to write in the email when sending the resume.

Have any questions on how to make a resume for first jobs or an entry-level resume? Let’s chat about it here in the comments below, and thanks for reading!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Entry-Level Resumes

What should I include in an entry-level resume?

Here’s a rundown of what to include in an entry-level resume:

  1. Contact Information (Header)
  2. Resume Objective
  3. Education (include honors, awards, and relevant coursework)
  4. Skills
  5. Internships/Part-Time Jobs
  6. Bonus Sections (languages, certifications, memberships)

Customize your resume for each job application. Start by carefully reading the job description and identifying the specific resume keywords the employer seeks. Then, tailor your resume to emphasize how your education, internships, coursework, and relevant part-time jobs align with the job requirements.

What do you write on an entry-level resume with no experience?

Here’s how to write a resume with no experience:

  1. Start with a strong education section: list your degree, school, graduation date, academic honors, and relevant coursework.
  2. Highlight your internships: Describe your achievements and skills developed during these roles.
  3. Showcase your skills: Include hard skills (e.g., technical skills, software proficiency) and soft skills (e.g., communication, teamwork, problem-solving).
  4. Add a resume objective: Tailor it to the specific job you're applying for, highlighting your enthusiasm and how your skills align with the role.
  5. Use a template: Choose the best resume template for freshers to make your resume look professional.

Should an entry-level resume be 2 pages?

No, as an entry-level candidate, you should almost never provide a two-page resume. Entry-level candidates typically have limited work experience, so it's important to present your relevant qualifications concisely. Always prioritize quality over quantity in your entry-level resume.

How do I format an entry-level resume with no experience?

In 99% of situations, you should use the reverse-chronological format for your entry-level resume. Utilize a simple resume template, and apply an easily readable font for the resume. Make the headings large to separate each resume section. And keep the length of your resume to one page.

What's the best way to showcase education on an entry-level resume?

  1. Position your education section near the top of your entry-level resume.
  2. Include the following: school name, degree, field of study, starting & graduation dates.
  3. Additionally, add these to improve the section: GPA (if above 3.5), relevant coursework, projects, honors, and awards.

Do I need a cover letter for an entry-level resume?

Yes, you should include an entry-level cover letter to your entry-level resume. It allows you to provide context, express interest, and prove your communication skills. It is also the perfect way to personalize your job application. All of which can improve your chances of landing the job.

How can I make my entry-level resume stand out to employers?

The best ways to make your entry-level resume stand out are to:

Is it important to tailor an entry-level resume for each job application?

Yes, it is important to tailor an entry-level resume for each job application. Tailoring your resume allows you to showcase the skills and experiences that align with the job you're applying for. It demonstrates that you took the time to understand the requirements and preferences of the employer.

What mistakes should I avoid when writing my first entry-level resume?

Here’s the list of common entry-level resume pitfalls to steer clear of:

Do entry-level resumes need a summary?

No, entry-level resumes don't need a summary. Instead, they must include a resume objective. A resume objective is better for writing a resume with no experience. It focuses on non-work achievements, transferable skills, and career aspirations.

Christian Eilers

Career expert who has been sharing his expert knowledge since 2017. His advice will guide you smoothly through all recruitment processes: from job hunting to getting a promotion. 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.

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