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Posted December 16, 2014 by

Entry Level Students: Ways to Boost Your Job Prospects even With No Experience

Cheerful young volunteers with garbage bag after cleaning the streets

Cheerful young volunteers with garbage bag after cleaning the streets. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

For anyone approaching college graduation looking to step straight into the world of work, it’s surely about time you began an active job search. However, as many of you begin writing your first resume, you may start to feel that a lack of professional experience is going to jeopardize your chances of landing an interview.

Job-hunting with minimal experience has always been difficult, regardless of the economic climate, and with record levels of graduates entering the American job market, your concerns are well founded. However, it’s not all bad news. The growth of websites like LinkedIn now offer new ways in which you can network within a specific industry, and a plethora of job board websites also help open the door to more job openings than ever before. If you prepare well and do the right things early on, it’s quite possible to land a really great job fresh out of college. However, this preparation means taking immediate action to gain the experience you need, along with writing an inspirational resume that a fairly represents your potential as an applicant. (more…)

Posted January 12, 2007 by

Writing Great Resumes as an Entry-level Job Applicant

When it comes to being an entry level applicant, there’s not a whole lot of work experience to pick and choose from, but entry level resumes can be carefully formatted to market yourself well.
When I decided to switch careers without any relevant work or even internship experience, I started researching different resume formats to try and find one that would highlight my skills. I ended up deciding to go with what’s called the Combination resume format, which organized my resume in this order: objectives, relevant skills, work experience, education, followed by whatever other section you might find useful to include.
The great thing was that my work experience—or lack thereof—wasn’t the first thing that employers were reading on my entry level resume. Rather, my relevant skills were right up front and center. I personally also included a separate section on what computer skills I had.
You never know where you might have gained relevant experience during college too—that club you participated in or the volunteer program you were a part of. By placing relevant skills near the top in one place, employers don’t have to go searching through all the sections of an entry level resume for how a job applicant might be a good fit.
The last thing to remember is that it’s not only going to be about the resume—cover letters are your first chance to make a good impression, so taking your time on making those as good as you can is a really good idea as well.