This entry level resume template can get you in the door.

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Customizing a Microsoft Publisher resume template, in this case for an entry level job, is one of the quickest ways for a recent college graduate to write a functional resume which conveys their technical experience, education, qualifications, and certifications they have. The great thing about a template is that you have the format right there for you to just type over with your personal information using it as a model. With a template, it’s easy to follow the standard chronological resume format to inform employers what your qualifications and strengths are. The blueprint is all laid out for you in the language that people in charge of hiring you are expecting to see. While the heading and the space is prominently displayed on the top of this template, the work of molding an outstanding objective statement to help you stand out is totally up to you.

In order to get some idea about some job and industry specific terminology, check out the other resume templates available for resumes. Microsoft Office Online makes it easy for you by breaking the options down into categories of free resume templates which makes resume writing so much easier. Under Entry-Level you can find your standard chronological, recent college graduate, and other functional options. Professions has specific examples for a career track such as a sales manager, social worker, or network administrator resume template, for instance**.** Just to give you an idea about the other two major categories: Career Moves has samples for company transfers and situations like moving from the military to the civilian world, while Academic has the models to work with for a teacher or professor on any level. It’s worth it to take a gander at all of these if you want to incorporate other ideas into your resume. You can also browse by Job Specific, Situation Specific, and Basic Resumes when you click on Resumes and Curriculum Vitae.

With this template, just type over the generic text with your personal information and tweak fonts, headings, and subheadings if you need or want to. In this instance, you’ll find relevant boiler-plate language for an entry level applicant. One little caveat before the directions. Don’t think you have to jump on that career track train right away. You have your whole life ahead of you. See the country; see the world by any means possible. It can be done very cheaply. Take a gander at Backpacking Across the World Part 1. Alright, back to the resume writing instructions since it’s a handy document to have no matter where you roam. Just follow these simple instructions:

  1. Start by accessing the template I’m referring to at Microsoft Office Online.

  2. Click on the title of the template (it will then appear on its own for a closer inspection), then click “Download” after which you simply agree to their user license agreement to receive the file. (You might have to install an Active X plug in for Internet Explorer if you don’t already have it.)

  3. Open your now downloaded template in Word and follow the simple instructions to enter your specifics in the right category. It’s just a matter of typing over their text with your own personal information and history.

  1. Manipulate the design and layout to suit the extent of information which needs to fit in a certain category (which means bulk up your strengths and qualifications accordingly).

  2. Proof your final draft and have someone you trust look it over for mistakes too. Print it out and then go plan a big trip somewhere.