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How to Make a Great Resume with No Work Experience
A common that we hear is I need the experience to get a job, but first I need a job to get experience. For any reason, you need a resume or CV but what you don’t need is Panic. If you don’t have any work experience that you can mention in your resume it does not mean you cannot craft a resume. How you can an effective resume without any work experience to mention? Well, don’t worry and read the article till the end to find out how you can do this.
Include a summary statement
Resume objective statement is the section in your resume where you state the career goals that you want to achieve and this section is completely out of fashion now. On the other hand, the summary statement at the top of the page will summarize who you actually are professionally and it will serve as a first impression about you that you want to give to the employer.
Decide on a resume format
There are some dominant formats to use today, functional, chronological, and hybrid which is the combination of chronological and functional.
In Chronological: It lists down the work experience in reverse chronological order.
In Functional: This format focuses on highlighting the skills and achievements rather than the work experience.
From these two, the functional resume format is quite an attractive option for those candidates who have a less or no work experience to mention. However, most employers prefer chronological or hybrid format and lastly, whatever format you choose to go with making sure the format remains consistent throughout your document.
Pay attention to technical details
At the time of editing, make sure your document is properly punctuated. There should be a grammatical or spelling error. Then ask your friend or family member to go through from your document and look for any mistake because this is the first thing that the employer sees about and you definitely not want to ruin this opportunity.
Take stock of your achievements and activities
Make a list of every achievement in your past that you think might be useful to add in your resume. After that narrow down the list to important points that you actually need to add in your resume. Pick the most relevant achievement and include those in your resume.
Focus on your education and skills
If you no or very less work experience to mention in resume then in that case you need to focus more on education and skills. This step will be quite easy for those who are were graduated with specialized education.
Internships, internships, internships
Internships wither paid or unpaid will definitely be a plus point for you to grab the job. If you are applying for a job without any work experience then make sure you have some internship experience to mention on your resume. This will be the best weapon against the experience required. If you don’t have any internship experience to mention then you need to consider applying as a step before any entry-level job.
Include any extracurricular activities or volunteer work
According to a recent survey, the majority of employers take the volunteer experience into consideration along with the paid work experience. So, if you have any volunteered work to mention that can help you to highlight your plus points then you should mention those in your resume. You can also include hobbies of they are relevant to the job role.
Never include these certain elements
As there are many elements that you need to consider in adding your resume so as there are some that you should ignore because they waste space or not relevant to the job role and can possibly damage your personal brand. The list that needs to be ignored is writing samples, and photos of yourself. Other than that, make sure you have not used an unprofessional email address.
Keywords, keywords, keywords
ATS (Application Tracking System) is some sort of system that employers use to sort and scan resumes. This may seem unfair but this is how modern-day recruitment works. To overcome this, you need to add some keywords into your resume and where to find these keywords? The best place is the job description itself or ads of similar jobs. Don’t use any meaningless words and try to add those buzzwords which are listed in the job descriptions.
Add a cover letter
Even the employer does not ask for the cover letter, it is good for you to add a short cover letter along with the resume. Cover letters are very important to take out your whole personality and will help the employers to find out if you are the right candidate for the job or not.
Also Read: The Right Way to Address a Cover Letter
Customize your resume for each job you apply to
The last but not the least is customizing your resume for every job to which you apply. It is not a good idea to prepare a single resume and send it for every job that you see. Different job postings require different resume formats, layouts, and keywords. Appealing to each employer for each job needs the best strategy for your resume to get noticed.
There is no magic formula that you can use to write a resume that can win you a job. The perfect is definitely the one that gets you the job. If you have experience then go for the functional format but if you are already employed then utilize the hybrid format and focus on your skills and education.
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