Building a resume with no experience at all? It might actually be a lot easier than you might think!
Some people might think that creating a resume without having any previous work experience is a struggle. However, it doesn’t have to be so bleak!
Having professional “firsts” in life can be very exciting so your lack of experience can be an opportunity to stay positive and come up with a fantastic-looking resume, even without being able to boast significant experience.
Emphasis on the right things.
In most cases, people will highlight their professional experience on their resumes, mentioning previous employees, roles, job tasks, and so on. If you do not have any previous professional experience to talk about, you could actually highlight other sections, such as giving more relevance to your education, as well as other extra-curricular activities, such as volunteering, or participating in other seminars, classes, courses and development initiatives.
In other words, it is very important to focus on the things that matter most. Focus on the things you have hater than trying to make up for the things that you do not have! Even though you might not have any previous working experience, you certainly have enough to impress. This is an amazing opportunity to launch your career, so start with being confident and upfront!
Focus on personal info and other skills.
You might not have a lot of previous professional experience, but you can also sell your own abilities, skills, interests and personal information.
Do you speak a second language? Do you actively pursue a hobby, which gives you some unique skills? (i.e. audio engineering, design, photography…)? Anything that might enrich your life skills is definitely worth mentioning here!
This is also a really good opportunity to mention any specific computer competencies and other skills you might have. Some people also like to include character traits, such as “goal-oriented,” “results-driven,” and so on.
It could certainly be a nice idea to use some of these phrasings, but be careful not to fluff up your resume too much, or you might come off as insincere and naive. Overpraising yourself is almost never the best idea! This does not mean that you should downplay what you do either, but rather offer a more realistic perspective on your skills and personality.
Don’t forget your contact information.
As you might know, sending up-to-date contact information is one of the most important aspects of creating the best resume. If you don’t really have the right contact details, it’s hard for people to get in touch to you! In addition to that, even your contact information actually play a significant role when you want to give off a professional vibe. Many beginners use their old, goofy emails. Ditch your old firstname.lastname@example.org address and go for an email with your full name! This will sound more professional, and it will be easier to identify.
You can certainly take advantage of your social media to connect with people. Recruiters are increasingly relying on social platforms, but emails are still considered some of the most appropriate and viable contact avenues in most situations. Don’t forget to include your phone number. Many people prefer to talk rather than texting or emailing, given the more immediate and personal nature of this form of communication.