You Can Create an Amazing Resume When You Have No Experience, Here’s How

You Can Create an Amazing Resume When You Have No Experience, Here’s How

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!



FIVE FOOL-PROOF TIPS FOR CREATING AN AMAZING RESUME WITH NO EXPERIENCE

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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.

School:

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.

Leadership:

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 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 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 my resume template that got me 4 job offers, even with no experience?!

 

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Hi, I’m Becky, a 20-something who is just trying to figure out how to adult! Welcome to T20S, a community of millennials just trying to make adulting suck less. This blog brings real advice for 20-somethings in their careers, finance, budgeting and most importantly…SELF LOVE!

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37 Comments

  1. Melissa Chapman
    January 5, 2018 / 10:21 am

    I have not needed a resume lately because I work for myself but my daughter will be applying to college soon and will need a lot of these tips. I think having an objective and applying what you have done to the particular job works well.

    • Becky Bush
      Author
      January 5, 2018 / 4:01 pm

      That’s amazing! Let me know how it goes for your daughter, and if there’s anything else she’d be interesting in learning as a college student. I’m all ears.

  2. Krystal Butherus
    January 5, 2018 / 10:28 am

    I totally agree, a lot of companies want experience, and sadly, not a lot of people have the necessary experience, even if the job they’re going for is something they would love to do. This is a great template!

    • Becky Bush
      Author
      January 5, 2018 / 4:00 pm

      I’m so glad you think so! I like the combination of showing leadership experience that is applicable for the role. 🙂

  3. January 5, 2018 / 12:24 pm

    I never would have thought to utilize numbers on a resume but what a great idea. I haven’t worked for two years and I’m a little nervous about a resume but I have lots of experience so I think it’ll work out.

    • Becky Bush
      Author
      January 5, 2018 / 4:00 pm

      Well let me know how it works out, I can’t wait to hear (if you are creating a resume again). Numbers are EVERYTHING! Even how many people were on your team, or how many people you worked with. It really helps recruiters and hiring managers! 🙂

  4. January 5, 2018 / 12:24 pm

    These are really great tips. It’s so hard starting out without experience when most companies want x amount of experience or a degree.

    • Becky Bush
      Author
      January 5, 2018 / 3:59 pm

      Yes! I so agree! And most of the time people are qualified, but it’s hard to find the right experience!

  5. serena
    January 5, 2018 / 1:11 pm

    Love it! These are such great tips! It’s so hard starting out and when everyone wants tons of experience it’s difficult.

    • BeckyBush
      January 5, 2018 / 3:56 pm

      Yes! I so agree. Hopefully this template helps!

    • Becky Bush
      Author
      January 5, 2018 / 3:59 pm

      Yes! I so agree. 🙂 That’s the biggest challenge!

  6. January 5, 2018 / 4:16 pm

    Those are very good tips for people who are looking for their first ever job. It’s tough to stand out when you don’t have work experience yet but these will definitely make it work.

    • Becky Bush
      Author
      January 5, 2018 / 8:27 pm

      Right?! It’s SO hard! 🙂 So glad you liked it!!

  7. Censie 'Mumby' Sawyer
    January 5, 2018 / 7:27 pm

    Great information. My resume needs some beefing up and I am going to that task to my 2018 goals. Even though I have had job experiences I will be using your tips.

    • Becky Bush
      Author
      January 5, 2018 / 8:27 pm

      Yes! What an amazing goal! Let me know what tips you use and what works for you. Can’t wait to see how it works. You’ll crush it!

  8. January 5, 2018 / 7:54 pm

    I totally agree with the “transferrable” skills. There’s a reason they teach what they do at schools! Use it to show off a bit on your resume!

    • Becky Bush
      Author
      January 5, 2018 / 8:27 pm

      YES! Exactly. It’s something that we don’t always think of off the top of our head but we need to more!

  9. shoshana sue
    January 6, 2018 / 8:47 am

    It is a pity not so many people know how life saving Grammarly really is. I see cringe-worthy mistakes on resumes all the damn time!

    • Becky Bush
      Author
      January 8, 2018 / 10:09 pm

      Really?? YES! I so agree. Grammerly is a life-saver! It’s so scary not to have a great spell check!

  10. January 6, 2018 / 10:09 am

    I think if I look for a new job, I am going to have to re-vamp my resume. I am going to have to list off some specific trainings and experience.

    • Becky Bush
      Author
      January 8, 2018 / 10:09 pm

      Yes! 🙂 I bet you have so much you can be putting on your resume!

  11. January 6, 2018 / 11:20 am

    resume writing used to always freak me out. I haven’t done one in a while, but they are so important! You have a lot of good advice here! I for sure say keep it simple and short.

    • Becky Bush
      Author
      January 8, 2018 / 10:08 pm

      I love that advice, I sooooo agree!

  12. Shell
    January 6, 2018 / 1:52 pm

    This is really fabulous information. I’ve actually wondered how to go about writing one without a ton of experience.

    • Becky Bush
      Author
      January 8, 2018 / 10:08 pm

      AW! I’m so so glad to hear that! Let me know if this works for you!

  13. Kimberly Lewis (Lou Lou Girls)
    January 6, 2018 / 1:57 pm

    this is an great post! It’s so hard to write a resume in the first place but you don’t have a lot of information it makes it even harder.

    • Becky Bush
      Author
      January 7, 2018 / 4:18 pm

      Yes! I so agree. They are so tough – it’s so important to make your resume great!

  14. Bee K
    January 6, 2018 / 10:06 pm

    These are great tips! I know so many people who should be using Grammarly! These are great tips.

    • Becky Bush
      Author
      January 7, 2018 / 4:17 pm

      Really?? That’s awesome I’m not the only one! I’m so glad you think so.

  15. January 7, 2018 / 1:59 pm

    Fantastic tips! I love the nod to Grammarly… it drives me nuts whenever I see a glaring grammar error (anywhere, but especially in professional communication!).

    Caitlin
    Blonde Seeking Ambition

    • Becky Bush
      Author
      January 7, 2018 / 4:17 pm

      Yes! 🙂 In full honesty, I’m actually a really really REALLY bad speller. I’m always going so fast that I make mistakes constantly – Grammerly has really saved the day on more than one occasion, especially in professional communication!

  16. January 7, 2018 / 3:52 pm

    These are great! I always use to dread making a resume because I struggled with trying to come up with ways to help it stand out from the crowd.

    • Becky Bush
      Author
      January 8, 2018 / 10:07 pm

      Was this helpful then? There’s so much pressure that’s the HARDEST part so I totally feel you!

  17. Maria Katsulos
    January 7, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    Using transferrable work experience has helped me soooo much! I’m only a recent high school graduate but I’m already trying to think of ways to show that the work I’ve already done can help out in the workplace!

    • Becky Bush
      Author
      January 8, 2018 / 10:07 pm

      Wow, look at you! That’s amazing! Let me know if you need any more tips!

  18. Cecilia C. Cannon
    January 8, 2018 / 10:53 am

    oh gosh, resume building can be a daunting task but I love how you broke it down here and your tips. also great blog name…

    • Becky Bush
      Author
      January 8, 2018 / 10:06 pm

      ahhh I’m so glad you like it! 🙂 and yes! It is SO daunting, I’m glad this was helpful!