Putting together a resume and cover letter that will get you in the door is tougher with limited experience. Here's a plan to make the best use of whatever background you have when applying to entry level jobWhether you're a recent grad or changing careers, you're in the entry level category if you have less than two years of experience - and the job is entry level if that's what it requires.
Different industries have different requirements and certainly different expectations, but your goal as an applicant is to get an interview by proving you can perform for the employer. The employer's goal is to hire someone who'll get the job done and who represents the least possible risk. You need to give them some concrete objective data for them to go on.
An employer will tell you they're looking for the best possible applicant, and they are, but there's no way to determine if someone will double the firm's profits or be the salesperson of the year. So what an applicant should prove is that he or she has the training, experience, and motivation to do the job and require as little additional effort as possible on the part of the employer.
The challenge you have as an entry level applicant is to prove you can do the job while having little actual experience. That's what the job should require but it means you have to be creative. Most resumes will be submitted via email. They should be prepared in the Microsoft Word .doc format, in ASCII for those sites and you'll need a paper copy, if only to carry with you to the interview.