12 Nov, 2012

Entry Level JobsSo you finally did it! You graduated from college. That is a major accomplishment and something to be proud of, but if you’re like most people, there may be something hanging over your head as you join the celebrations. You have six months to snag a well paying, entry level position before those student loan bills start kicking in. Competition in the job market is fierce to say the least, but an excellent entry level resume could kick you in the right direction to standing on your own two feet.

1. Know How to Sell Yourself

Before you do anything, sit down and brainstorm about your accomplishments over the past four or more years. What degree did you earn? What did you major in? What classes did you take? More importantly, what did you learn? Evaluate the events and activities you participated in, as well as any organizations you joined. List what professional gems they contributed to your personal background. Be honest with yourself. Don’t be modest or attempt to over-impress. Definitely note the accomplishments that you really feel great about.

Second, think about your ideal entry level jobs. What positions can you imagine yourself in? What would you like to be doing for the next five to ten years or less? What skills and knowledge can you contribute to an established company? If you were the CEO of one of those companies, what would you look for in a potential employee? Do you have any of those qualities? More than likely you do.

Next, sit down and write a shining profile of yourself. In a profile, you highlight your best attributes and let your potential employer know up front exactly what greatness he or she will acquire for their company if they hire you. Really think about who you are and what you are capable of and establish yourself in the best light possible.

Lastly, list any job experience that you have acquired. In a few brief statements sum up what you contributed to each position. Include your academic achievements, skills and interests and references at the end of your resume.

2. Pay Attention To Style & Format

Search your writing processor or the internet for polished, succinct resume templates. Gaudy, colorful and unique don’t usually fly well in a resume. You don’t want fonts and format to compete with your employee attributes. Choose a well accepted font and font size to type your resume, and be minimalistic in the body of your resume. Although a profile tolerates a bit of creativity, it is necessary to be forward and to the point when you list your professional and academic accomplishments.

3. Edit Your Finished Product

Nothing is more of a turn off to employers, it seems, than an unpolished, erroneous resume. Check and recheck your spelling, grammar and sentence structure. After you’ve combed through it with a fine toothed comb, have someone else with reliable skills go over it. When you are satisfied with the finished product, pat yourself on the back. You’ve earned it.

By Xavier Colomain, Resume Consultant and Blog Contributor. Sharing expertise and providing Career Coaching since 1997. Owner of

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