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The Entry Level Resume: Making it Count

February 21st, 2018

Snagging your first job out of college or an entry-level role in a new industry can be tough. You research the organizations, look at their networks, and check their reviews.  But after you have applied, is your resume being seen at all?

Software programs search for keywords – meaning there is a chance that your resume may never make it into the hands of a recruiter.  Recruiters and HR sometimes have hundreds of resumes for one position.

Every day, the Talener Talent Acquisition Team strives to give dozens of applications the attention they deserve. They look for key elements that help them decide whether an applicant will receive a call back.

Objective Statement

Sometimes it is a goal, a mission statement, or an objective. But most of the time, it is not a make-or-break on your resume.  If you’re running out of space, nix the objective. It’s a few more lines that may keep a recruiter from going further down your resume.  If you think your objective statement is unique and a key part of your personal brand- don’t leave it out.

Information Overload

Creating narrow margins, minimizing font size and, tightening spacing can be just as detrimental to your resume as misspelled words or poor grammar.  Your resume should provide a flow and easy reading for the recruiter.  Keep sections neat, organized, and in chronological order.


Whether we like it our not, we are programmed to pick up keywords and phrases that support the necessary skills for a role.  What qualifications did that job description ask for? Do your keywords compliment or complete these requirements?


Skills build over time.  As an entry-level applicant, it is important to show how you have used your education, previous jobs, and time to maximize your skills.  Do your skills illustrate your willingness to learn new things?

Quality Over Quantity

Most resumes receive less than 60-seconds of facetime.  Important information should always be first and stand out. The amount of jobs you’ve held or clubs you’ve been a part of are less important than what you did during your time.


Taking a leadership role always stands out. It shows your ability to juggle time constraints, oversee projects and interact with people.  Highlight where you made the biggest impact and how you got to your position.


Education can be a sensitive topic. Many people who do not follow traditional education routes may feel boxed out of certain positions.  Use your resume to show your path and how it has made you what you are today.  Never discount your non-traditional background- but be prepared to qualify your experience.

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Talener Spotlight: Kate Byrnes

February 1st, 2018

Kate Byrnes, Regional Director of Talener Chicago & DC, sat down with our team to reflect on how her career has taken shape over the last few years.  Byrnes, a 2013 Colgate University graduate has made her mark on Talener, taking on every challenge presented to her as an opportunity.

How did you hear about Talener?

When I graduated from Colgate, I already had a strong relationship with Talener.  Austin Douglas (also a Talener Regional Director and Colgate grad) reached out to me to tell me about his experience.  His enthusiasm for what he was doing as a Relationship Manager was infectious and took me down the path of interviewing for the company.

What attracted you to the position?

 It was more than the position itself that attracted me to Talener.  It was clear that everyone was highly-motivated and worked with such optimism.  Everyone had goals that benefitted themselves, their colleagues, and the organization.

 Talk to us about your first job title – and the evolution of your role

 Four and a half years ago, I started as an entry-level Relationship Manager (like most people at the organization!).  Since then, I have been promoted five times and am currently the Regional Director of the DC Metro & Chicago regions.  My movement through the organization is not unique; Alicia Scully (also a Colgate grad!) started the same day as me and we were both promoted to Regional Directors on the same day.  There is a sense of accomplishment and pride starting at the beginning and now overseeing two regions and more than two dozen team members.

Did you expect to be where you are today? Very few people stay at their first company out-of-college for this long.

 Yes and no.  At each new level, I experienced new challenges and obstacles that I had never faced before.  But at every turn, I knew that I was supported and that each challenge was presented to me because someone believed in my abilities.  I made the decision to move to Washington DC in 2015 to help launch a new office.  This gave me the opportunity to expand my responsibilities, both at a local and national level.  I was able to see a huge potential for myself to affect individuals on a greater scale.

What are you most excited about in your new role?

I can’t wait to impact individuals beyond our DC market.  I’ll be able to continue to foster client and candidate relationships in a different geography.  It’s a great learning opportunity.  Plus, I can influence internal growth expansion and development.

 What is one thing you enjoy about coming to work every day?

 I get to help individuals navigate through the same learning curves that I once went through.  It’s not only inspiring to see their transformation, but something that I love to be a part of.

 What advice do you have for someone just starting out in an entry-level job?

 In sales, or in any job, I always tell people to take everything day-by-day, step-by-step.  Don’t discredit the small wins.  Most of us who start our professional lives have little to no practical experience doing what we’re hired to do.  It’s imperative to be patient with your own learning curve and not to be afraid of making mistakes.  The only way to grow is by putting yourself into as many situations as possible to succeed.  Success doesn’t happen if you aren’t willing to try.

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