Talent Rising First Job Resume Template



Stand Out & Get Hired for Your First Job Faster With This Custom-Designed Resume Template for Entry-Level Job Seekers

From the Rising Talent Collection this first job resume template will ensure you standout, get attention, and land the job you want faster. ATS-friendly and easy to use and customize. Prompts and tips throughout the template make writing your resume easy!

  • Premium templates designed by an award-winning, nationally recognized resume expert.
  • Results-proven, recruiter-approved, and created for real-world use.
  • Leave the generic-looking templates to others. Quickly create a resume as unique as you are. Nobody will ever guess you used a template!
  • Fast and easy to use. Flexible and simple to customize. Multiple color options. Video tutorials and pro tips & writing prompts included.
  • Yes, unlike most templates, Distinctive Resume Templates follow all modern best practice "rules" and are ATS-friendly! (This is SO important!)


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From our Talent Rising Collection, download these first job resume addendum, bio, references, and cover letter templates. Easily create or edit your career documents in Microsoft Word. Create a cohesive brand image and win a competitive edge in the job market.



Modern, Eye-Catching & Easy-to-Use First Job Resume Template

If you are looking for a template to create your first job resume, you’ve found it. The first job resume template from our Rising Talent Collection is exactly what you’ve been searching for.

Even if you have little or no employment experience, your resume can be impressive and provide you with a competitive edge for the jobs you most want. Your qualifications, knowledge, and ability to add value to an employer don’t just have to come from past employment. For example, you develop skills and knowledge in volunteer jobs, extracurricular activities, academic projects, internships, and work-study or job shadowing experiences.

This first job resume template includes many tips and prompts to help you identify the right information to include on your first job resume.

The format of this resume template stands out and captures the eyes of recruiters and hiring managers. Not only is it ATS-friendly, it is eye-appealing too. The two-column resume format can cause problems with ATS when it is not properly designed. All Distinctive Resume Templates have been created by an award-winning professional resume writer with more than 25 years of experience, so you can be sure that your resume design is ATS compatible while meeting all other modern resume best practices and standards.

The resume format includes lots of space to include links to professional social media accounts. You should never include links to accounts that you use for personal purposes. But, building a strong professional presence online can give you a real competitive edge as a young professional. If you have done this and your social media accounts are used for professional purposes only, you may wish to include them on your resume.

There are a few advantages to including social media links on your resume. First, it allows potential employers to learn more about you as a person and get a better sense of your interests and values. If your social media accounts are professional and showcase your skills and experience in a positive light, including the links can only help your chances of landing an interview.

In addition, some recruiters and hiring managers actively search for candidates on social media, so if your profiles are public and easily accessible, you may be more likely to catch their eye. Finally, including social media links gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your tech-savviness, which can be beneficial in some industries.

The Rising Talent Collection includes an optional bundle of matching job searching documents, including a resume addendum template with prompts for additional qualifications and skills, a professional biography template, references sheet template, and even a cover letter template.

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All of our templates are created to make it easy for you to customize them and make them your own. You can easily add or remove sections, rename sections, or even swap sections around. The san serif font Roboto was used in the resume to give this first job resume a clean and modern look, but this can be changed as well.

Changing the resume color scheme is equally easy, and we include video tutorials with every resume template purchase, to show you how to do this. Here are just some of the many color schemes available when you use our first job resume template and the other matching career templates in the collection.

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This template, as all Distinctive Resume Templates, was created specifically for Microsoft Word. You can easily edit or update your resume in Word using the template, then save it as both a .DOCX and .PDF. You will have all the resume formats you will need for landing your first job. Due to the digital nature of this template, all sales are final. For more information on licensing rights, please review our licensing terms.

Frequently Asked Questions

We can cover anything you need help with in relation to professional resume writing, from A to Z. My only agenda is to meet your needs and make sure that when our meeting comes to a close, you feel you have received the greatest value possible from our time together. Many colleagues want my help and guidance on challenging projects, and I provide advice in regard to the content, design, and strategy of the resumes they are working on. Others want help preparing for client consultations or handling particularly challenging clients. Professional development with the goal of achieving professional resume writing certification is another common topic.

When you are ready to book, you will be provided with my calendar, and you will be able to select a time and day that best meets your schedule. I do my best to make myself available on a variety of days and times, including occasional weekends and some nights and early mornings, in addition to regular office hours. The booking process is all online and fully automated, to make things as easy for you as possible.

Yes, please do! Our booking form includes space to describe how you want to use your session. If you have a specific resume or other documents you want me to review with you, please email them to me as far before the appointment as possible. That will give me some time to look at them ahead of time, so I can use our scheduled time together to provide my recommendations rather than read the documents while you wait.

Each consultation is scheduled for 60 minutes. Zoom is used so that I can share my computer screen with you during the consultation. This allows me to actually demonstrate recommended resume changes to you rather than just describe them. If you request it, I will record the consultation session and make it available to you for download, so that you may rewatch it later at your convenience.

No, not in the traditional sense. If we are working on a particular document and I see an error, I will certainly point it out to you. And, when I am recommending changes, I may actually make some of them for you on the document, as a way to demonstrate. But I will not proofread or edit your work in a thorough way. If you need help with those services, I will be happy to provide referrals.

All Distinctive Resume Templates designed by Michelle Dumas, a Nationally Certified Resume Writer and multi-time TORI Nominee & Award Winner

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Appearances matter, even with the written word, and how a document looks can make an immediate impact on the decision to read it or toss it aside. I train and mentor many excellent resume writers who have mastered the art of crafting highly effective resume content, but who lack the basic MS Word skills to create eye-catching, ATS compatible and uniquely branded documents. Distinctive Templates are the perfect solution for easily transforming well-written content into works of art that capture attention, generate interest, and motivate the recipient to read every word.
Norine Dagliano, NCRW, NCOPE, CPRW, CFRW/CC
Phil Hurd
While I primarily write resumes from scratch for each of my clients, I have also used Michelle’s templates and received great feedback. I find the templates are especially helpful to organize my thinking for those clients who have an overabundance of important information that still must fit in an ATS-friendly, 2-page format without looking cluttered or disorganized.
Phil Hurd, NCRW, NCOPE, CPRW, www.catalystresumes.com
When I was starting out with resume writing a little over a year ago, one of the most intimidating aspects was visual design of resumes. I didn’t want to have to learn graphic design to stand out—and with these templates, I didn’t need to! I was a little hesitant at first because I thought the templates might be too rigid or generic. In actuality, they are incredibly flexible and easy to play around with. I can customize any template with my client’s favorite colors in just two clicks—which means they never look exactly the same, even if I use them for multiple clients. Using the templates means I can just do what I do best—write—and then plug the text right into the appropriate section. It saves me literal HOURS of work and hassle. One of the best parts about purchasing from Michelle is that she is extremely responsive to questions. There’s a private Facebook group where she records screen share tutorials about how to switch up certain elements in the templates, and she's always been responsive to my emailed questions. My clients are completely thrilled with the unique, modern design of their resume, and I’m thrilled that I'm saving time and don’t have to learn graphic design!
Bob Janitz
I love Michelle’s resume templates! The designs are eye-catching and easy to use. I highly recommend these templates for anyone who finds that designing a creative, contemporary formatted resume is a challenge. They’re a huge time-saver.
Bob Janitz, NCRW, www.janitz.com
amber f
I used the “Pivot” template to create a combination functional/chronological resume for my first big client. Her words when she saw the finished product: “THIS IS AMAZING!” I’m a writer, not a designer. My resumes aren’t unprofessional, but they needed a “wow” factor – and now they have it. Thank you, Michelle, for offering such affordably priced tools!
Amber Fernandez, Freelance Writer



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