10 crucial changes you need to make to your résumé when you’re not entry-level anymore

  • We asked experts from TopResume to make over the résumé of a professional with enough experience to no longer be considered entry-level.
  • The experts top-loaded the résumé, made it easier to read, and emphasized job experience over college experience.
  • You can use these tips to make over your own résumé.


It may not feel like it, but once you’ve got a few years of job experience under your belt, you’re not an entry-level employee anymore — you’re mid-level.

Your approach to finding a job will need to change accordingly.

No longer can you rely on what you did in college to impress potential employers — now it’s up to you to convey what you’ve learned and accomplished in the working world.

With a diverse range of positions over the past five years, Lucy (not her real name) wanted to find a job supporting the administration in higher education, but her résumé, which read more like that of an entry-level worker, wasn’t landing her interviews.

As part of Business Insider’s résumé makeover series with TopResume, we thought we could help.

We asked Joe S., a résumé writer with TopResume, to rewrite Lucy’s résumé and make it more appropriate for a mid-level employee looking to transition careers.

Joe focused on highlighting the hard and soft skills Lucy has acquired from her various positions. He also emphasized her experience in teaching to position her for entry into a role more focused on learning and development.

Amanda Augustine, the career advice expert for TopResume, explains some of the changes Joe made to Lucy’s résumé to prepare her for the job search.

While your résumé may look different, these specific pointers should help you overhaul your own résumé:

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1. Added LinkedIn profile

Lucy already had a LinkedIn profile, but she hadn’t added this information to her résumé. 

Joe made sure Lucy customized the public URL for his LinkedIn profile to include her name before adding it to her new résumé. 

"LinkedIn is not only a great place to build your personal brand and make connections in your field, but employers expect to find you on there," Augustine said.

She pointed to a Jobvite survey, which found that about 90% of employers use LinkedIn to search for and evaluate job candidates.


2. Removed street address

"Gone are the days when you’re required to include your full mailing address at the top of your résumé," Augustin said.

In fact, she said that many security-conscious professionals intentionally remove this information out of fear of identity theft.

If you’re searching for a job close to home, Augustine suggested including your city, state, and zip code at the top of your résumé and excluding your street address. Otherwise, it’s best to leave the entire thing off.

3. Made job goals clear

Since Lucy held several different positions over the past few years, Augustine said her job goals weren’t obvious at first glance of her old résumé.

Joe added a professional title and subhead to the top of her new résumé to clearly spell out her immediate goals and set the stage for her professional summary.

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