So you made the transition from an intern to an entry-level staff member at your company, and are now exploring new adventures beyond the horizon. This means it’s time to update your resume. The question that needs to be asked is, what are you looking to say in your “updated” resume? There are ways you can go about highlighting your entry-level experience to help you advance further in your career without overextending the truth. Bellow are three tips.
1. What Have You Done to Further the Company’s Goals?
Regardless of where you rank in the organization, the work that you do helps to further the goals of the company. Don’t list the tasks you were given, but instead, focus on what you ACCOMPLISHED! For example, suppose you were a PR Assistant, did you assist in getting the company media coverage? How many press contacts did you deal with and with what media outlet did you secure coverage in? These are things you want to include in your resume to demonstrate to your potential employers what you have contributed to help get the company media exposure. Also, remember that where applicable, numbers and percentages are VERY IMPORTANT to include. Hiring managers make it a point to look for results that can be quantified. Keep in mind that given the fact that you may be an entry-level employee, those figures may not necessarily be as high as someone more advanced in rank. Nonetheless, they are still good to feature in your resume.
Who Were Your Team Members?
In addition to showcasing what you did for the company, it is also important to mention who you worked with. This can include professionals at your level as well as immediate supervisors and better yet, members of the C-Suite. This serves to show that you are team-player (a trait that most, if not all, jobs require) and can provide your potential employers with points of reference that they can use to conduct checks.
Did You Get Recognition While on the Job?
Maintain an accurate record of whatever praise and recognition you may receive on the job from co-workers but most importantly, from your supervisor. It doesn’t need to be regurgitated verbatim, but rephrase it in a descriptive and accurate manner to your interviewer. Also, try to see if you can have your supervisor endorse you or put in a good recommendation on your LinkedIn profile.
We have just provided you with some tips to help make your resume shine based on your experience as an entry-level employee. Remember that you want to be as honest and accurate as possible, and present yourself in a good light.
What are some ways entry-level employees can make their resumes stand out? Any specific items or experiences that should be highlighted? Share your thoughts below!