20 Tips for Entry-Level Resumes that Rock: Part I (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)

This week, I will be writing a 4-part series with 20 tips (5 tips per day) on how to write the perfect entry-level resume.  Here are tips # 1-5:

  1. Keep it to 1 page.  99% of applicants looking for entry-level work should keep their resume to 1 page.   It does not matter how much experience you think you have or how many internships you have done.  You should almost always be able to format the document so that you can get it on one page.  Cut out the “crap,” tighten up the document, and focus on what is most important and relevant for the job you are applying for. 
  2. Use high-quality paper.  Use printer paper that is slightly off-white (no crazy colors) and of a better quality than standard printer paper.  You can find this at any office supplies store (i.e. Staples or Office Depot).
  3. Keep your font(s) professional.  Use a professional font (i.e. Times New Roman) and font size, and use italics and bolding cautiously.  Remember that your resume is a technical document and not a piece of art.
  4. Be consistent with your formatting.  Develop a clean, consistent look throughout the resume.  Each job/position should be formatted exactly the same way in regard to font, font size, spacing, and use of bold, italics, caps, etc. 
  5. Do not include a line for “references available upon request.”  That’s like writing “willing to meet you with for an interview.” It is obvious!

Resume tips # 6-10 will follow tomorrow. 

-Pete Leibman

College Speaker and President of Idealize Enterprises




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