How To Write a Resume for a First Job


Starting a new job can be very exciting. Made even more exciting when it’s your first job. You’ll be earning money, learning a new skill, gaining new experience and be part of the workforce. How thrilling that will be.

But first, you’ll need to secure your first job. And to achieve that, requires you to write a resume. Although this is your first job, you’ll still need to have a resume that you can send to prospective employers. But, you’re probably thinking right now – how can I have a resume if I don’t have any relevant work experience?

Here are my top suggestions to write a great resume for a first job:

  • Make sure that your resume has a career objective that outlines what you want to do, achieve and what you enjoy as well as what you are know for by your peers and former teachers.
  • Include any kind of work experience you’ve done in the past, no matter how short or long in duration it was or if it was unpaid or paid.
  • Include your interests and any kind of education you’ve had.
  • Include references from your personal life (for a character reference) as well as references from former teachers and supervisors.
  • Keep your resume short but straight to the point and concise. Don’t waffle.

Most importantly when writing a resume for a first job, is that you accompany your application with a cover letter that’s short, yet brief and straight to the point. Doing so, will take your application to the next level and prove to the employer that you genuinely want to work for their business and you’re keenly interested in the position available.

Published by Matthew Coppola - Career Coach, Employment Specialist and Professional CV Writer

Holding a graduate degree in Commerce, majoring in Economics at Curtin University, as well as a post graduate certificate in Career Education and Development at RMIT University, Matthew brings with him many years of experience working in the fields of business development, marketing, soft-skills training and employment services industry. He has gained significant exposure in working with employers in sourcing staff as well as assisting jobseekers in promoting and marketing themselves to employers and securing sustainable employment outcomes. He is currently working in Disability Employment Services where he assists clients with mental health disabilities in finding and keeping satisfying and gainful employment and helping them overcome and work around barriers to employment. He has helped many job seekers secure employment by training and coaching them in the art of being interviewed and giving the interviewer a positive and lasting impression. He knows how to sell and market a job seeker to an employer and he imparts this knowledge to his clients in helping them sell and market themselves in an interview. Matthew regularly writes new articles on a variety of employment related topics and posts these to his personal website blog matthewcoppola.com

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