One of the biggest challenges for a first time job seeker can be structuring a resume despite minimal or no experience in a particular field. We have listed below some key points to consider when composing an entry-level resume. Please refer to Adjusting Your Resume for the Israeli Market for additional information on composing your resume.
- Consider your fields of professional interest: Prior to writing your resume, consider the type of work and jobs that interest you. Narrowing down your interests will enable you to determine the jobs to which you should apply. This will help structure and focus your resume.
- Highlight your marketable skills: Make a list of skills which might interest a potential employer. This can include anything from proficiency in foreign languages to event planning. Creating this list will also help you to narrow your fields of interest to match the needs in the job market
- Create a resume that highlights those skills that are relevant to a particular job: As you begin to send your resume to potential employers, it is important to tailor your resume so that it presents you as an appropriate candidate for that specific position. Create a “Skills” section on your resume which highlights, in particular, those skills which are relevant to a particular job. For example, if you are applying for a position in the field of internet marketing, your social media skills can be an asset. This will likely require that you have a few versions of your resume. This section should be bulleted and brief.
- Objective statement: Place an “Objective” statement at the top of your resume that lets the employer know the type of job that you are seeking. A good example would be: “To secure a position in the field of investment banking which allow me to draw upon my business degree and finance background”.
- Experience: In addition to your employment history of part-time jobs or internships, if you have relevant experience in a particular field as a volunteer or a student, you should include this on your resume under the title of “Experience.”
- Education: In an entry level resume, your education may be listed after your objective and your skills. If you have a degree from an institution of higher education, it is not necessary to list your high school or secondary school diploma.
- Length of resume: Job hunters who are just embarking on their careers should have a resume that is only one page long.
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