The title question above has always been a source of concern for some category of job seekers. This includes fresh university graduates who may not have had the opportunity of engaging in internships or part-time work while schooling. Thinking of how to create a resume without job experiences that would stand out and compete favorably in a pool of resumes containing job experiences might like a seem a daunting task.
The truth though is that there are ways to construct your resume that would make you stand a chance to get an interview. Now let’s see how we can create a professional resume even without any experience.
1. Include Summary
Your resume should first have your name and contact details. This should be placed at the top of the page and should contain all relevant information including your email address and, telephone number. After putting in the necessary information, then you should proceed below and write a short summary of your objectives. This summary serves as your elevator pitch sorts of – Giving an overview of your skills and professional capabilities. It is very important you sell yourself to your potential employer the best you can with your summary as it serves as a brief first impression. An objective summary should be packaged in just one short sentence or two and not more.
2. Choose a Resume Format
You could choose to write your resume in either of the popular writing styles. These styles include;
• Chronological order – List of work experiences.
• Functional order – Places focus on skills and achievements.
• Hybrid order (combination) – A blend of the chronological and functional orders.
It is advisable to use the functional or hybrid order for one without job experience. After selecting your writing style, it is best to stick to it. It makes your resume look professional.
If you have academic qualification it is best you list them in this section. Include the name of your school and year of graduation. Also, your GPA can be included if it is excellent. You can add additional certifications you have received from other courses if applicable.
4. Skills Acquired/Qualifications
You would have to place a bit more focus on this section if you do not have a job experience. Include skills you might have acquired such as organizational skills, writing skills, teamwork, and even skills you might have acquired from your usage of household tools. The truth is, you don’t need a job experience to acquire skills. You can develop skills from everyday activities, volunteer work, and even recreational activities like being part of a sports team.
5. Extracurricular Activities and Volunteer Work
If you have done some sort of volunteer work that have added to your acquired skills, it would be a good idea to include it on your resume. This would show your prospective employer that you are industrious and quite motivated. Also if your volunteer work happens to be along the same lines of the job you are looking for, it is a boost for you. Extracurricular activities can also serve to showcase your potentials. But, this would only be the case when such activities are relevant to your proposed job.
Also here are some general tips. It’s beneficial to include languages spoken especially if you are fluent in more than one languages. It is advisable to include only a professional email address in your resume. Scan through and search for errors such as typos before submission.
Your resume can serve as a very powerful tool in marketing you to your prospective employer as it is your first impression on them.