We’ve already discussed why resumes are difficult and confusing. But what about when you are just starting out? How are you supposed to write A FULL PAGE RESUME about yourself when you don’t have a ton of experience?!
Isn’t the point of a job to get you experience? Seems odd that you need the great resume prior to the getting the job. I’ve been through this. I had high hopes of getting internships during college when literally my last job was teaching figure skating at my local rink. With the tips below, I was able to create something fantastic to get me in the door at amazing companies, like Conde Nast!
It actually makes me sad that some great people have trouble getting jobs they could totally crush.. because they aren’t showcasing the “right” experience on their resume.
There are a few things you can do to your resume that will make the world of difference when applying for jobs (and getting jobs!). If my internship story didn’t convince you, hear me out: I got 4 job offers in ONE month after being laid off my FIRST year out of college. I had no experience, was laid off and then managed to get myself four job offers at gIf you didn’t trust me with resumes before, let that statistic prove to you know that this girl (AKA, ME) knows how to get a job.
I’ve provided five fool-proof tips in order to create an amazing resume when you don’t have a lot of experience.
Don’t forget to comment below and let me know what tips are helping you the most!
ADD AN OBJECTIVE STATEMENT
Normally, I’m pretty against summary or objective statements in your resume. When you have tons of experience, I believe your resume can showcase your experience with what you did. That being said, when you are just starting out, adding a summary/objective statement is a great way to take up some space, provide context for your background and show what you are looking for.
Make sure to do these three things in your objective statement:
- What you are doing now (are you a student? a recent graduate?)?
- What are you looking for?
- What are you looking to get out of this experience?
USE TRANSFERRABLE WORK EXPERIENCE (A FANCY NAME FOR ADDING YOUR SCHOOL PROJECTS)
If you have no relevant work experience (like an internship or a job) to the role in which you are applying, then use these two methods to add experience to your resume.
Have you taken a class in school that’s relevant to a course you are applying? Did you do a project in one of these classes, or do some sort of analysis or research that is relevant? If so, add it to your resume! Often when I tell friends to add projects, the question, “What if the project wasn’t real? What if it was a hypothetical situation or company?” My answer, “Who cares!” No boss in the working world expects you to have done real projects for real companies by the time you are 21. Maybe in an internship, but even then! The fact that you have relevant and more importantly, transferable work experience with making you stand out.
Everyone likes a leader. I’m serious. There is always some value in finding a way to be proactive and own your work. Even if you didn’t lead something massive, you likely have had some sort of leadership role in the past. Did you hold a position in your sorority or a club at school? Use this experience to show how many people you led and the results that came about after you lead a project.
FIND A WAY TO USE NUMBERS
When talking about resumes, you’ll hear me say this over and over. ALWAYS FIND A WAY TO QUANTIFY WHAT YOU’VE DONE. If you lead a project, talk about how many people you worked with. If you made a fake business plan, how large was your business plan? For how much money?
I can’t say it enough, find a way to quantify. This will make you stand out.
MAKE YOUR AMAZING RESUME F*CKING BEAUTIFUL
Make sure your resume is perfect from an aesthetics standpoint. Your resume should be the Beyonce in a sea of Ed Sheeran’s…all your content may be the same, but yours just looks neater. And therefore, better.
The same goes for spelling and punctuation. If you can’t even write your own resume perfectly, how is an employer supposed to expect you to work for them with any sort of accuracy?
I use Grammarly for the spelling on my blog and it helps immensely. It’s FREE.
ADD YOUR SKILLS
Lastly, even though you might not have a ton of ‘work experience’, you still have skills. I know you do. You can totally add a section in your resume listing these skills. Do you know Microsoft Office? What about Powerpoint or Excel? These are all VALUABLE skills that will set you apart from the rest of the workforce.
If I were you, I’d look at the skills listed in the job you are applying to – and find which ones you have and put those in your resume. Got it?!
Ok, all you soon-to-be college grads out there, go make a bomb-a$$ resume even with your minimal work experience.
You’re going to have a big-girl job in no time and be adulting like the lady boss I know you are.
Now, do YOU want the amazing resume template that got me 4 job offers, even with no experience?!