How To Write A Resume With Little or No Work Experience - Resume Template

One of the questions I get a lot is "how do I write a resume with little or no

work experience?" So in today's video, you'll learn how to write a resume that

properly showcases your skills, your talents and your abilities even if you

don't have a lot of work experience and if you stay around until the end you'll

learn where you can find a resume template that you can download today and

tailor for the next position that you apply for. If we've never met before, I'm

Heather Austin from ProfessorAustin.com and The Career Club on Facebook and

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with what your biggest frustration is when it comes to writing a resume.

Whether you're entering the workforce for the very first time or you've had a

large gap in your work history, coming up with content to put on your resume might

feel like you're jumping through hoops. The good news is that you can focus on

other sections of your resume to impress an employer and show that you are an

ideal candidate for the job. Before we jump into how to do this, remember that

creating a resume with little or no work experience will require you to think

outside of the box. Because this is not your traditional resume that is heavy

with work experience, you'll really need to brainstorm things that you've done in

your past or are currently doing that demonstrate your work ethic and

commitment. Think of things like babysitting, dog walking, fundraising or

even Scouts or maybe you've done contract work or freelance work or even

volunteer work. Focusing on these other sections on your resume can go a long

way. So let's jump into how to add that to your resume. Step number one is to

include a summary. A summary is a great place to showcase who you are and what

makes you an ideal candidate. It falls right below your name and

contact information and is one of the first sections an employer will look when they

review your resume. So in a few sentence explain some of your greatest attributes

and accomplishments. You'll also want to mention why you are passionate about the

company, the position or the industry. Tip number two to creating a resume with

little or no work experience is to focus on your education and training. If you're a

student or a recent graduate with less than 5 years of work experience the

education section on your resume is going to be the flagship. You want to

make sure you place it right below the summary section. Start by listing the

name of the school you attended or are attending, followed by the location, then

list the major or the degree. Now if your GPA is 3.0 or higher,

feel free to list it here as well. Now to really make an impact with this section,

make sure you add academic honors or relevant coursework or even clubs and

societies that you participated in. Tip number three is to add a selected

achievement section. The selected achievements section will help you expand

on your education and your training and almost takes place of the work

experience section. Think of this as the highlight reel of what you've

accomplished so far in life. You'll want to include three to four bullet points

that you are most proud of. Maybe you've developed a personal budget where

you've been able to save ten percent every month for the past year or maybe

you received the highest level on a test out of a classroom of 50 because of your

dedication to learning. Either way, nail down accomplishments that relate to the

position that you are applying for and put them in bullet point format in the

selected achievements section. Tip number four to writing a resume with little or

no work experience is to include a volunteer experience section. Employers

absolutely love to see volunteer work on a resume.

in fact, it's been reported that 41% of employers value volunteer work as much

as they do paid work. This is the place to demonstrate to an employer your

willingness to take an initiative and to get things done. Now if you don't have

volunteer experience ,go out and get some today. So you'll start by listing the

organization or the cause that you volunteered for, followed by a short

description of the organization and then the timeframe that you volunteered.

Include a few bullet point items that demonstrate what you accomplished

as a volunteer. This leads us to tip number five to write a resume with

little or no work experience and that is to add a special skills section. A

special skills section is a great way to highlight your strengths as they pertain

to the position you are applying for. Use a combination of hard skills and soft

skills. Hard skills are things that you've acquired through your education

and your experience. This includes skills like computer programming languages,

mathematics, even graphic design. Soft skills are things that represent your

personality and behavior such as communication, decision-making,

creativity. Tip number six is to include a professional memberships or

affiliations section. Listing professional memberships or affiliations

on your resume is a great way to show the employer that you want to stay up to

date in your industry. It also demonstrates your willingness to connect

with others in your same field. If you're not a member of any professional

organizations or affiliations and you don't know which ones to join, do a

search on Google for these types of organizations in your industry. You'll

find plenty. Tip number seven to write a resume with little or no work experience

and that is to add a language competencies section. If you speak more

than one language, make sure you include that on your resume. This is a very

impressive skill that most employers will value. Now to

clear up any confusion as to your fluency in each language, you can list

your experience in speaking, writing and reading that language. Now to make sure

you get it right when it comes to writing a resume with little or no work

experience, make sure you download your copy of the Six Second Resume. It's a

quick, easy to use resume template that you can use today and tailor to the next

position that you apply for. I'll go ahead and link that up below and if you

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