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Write a Resume With no Experience

By on July 12, 2012
Blog post - No experience resume

There are a few crucial differences between a normal professional resume and a resume with no experience.

Here are some of the main areas you should focus on:

  • Use life experience not work experience
  • The recruiter needs to get to know you based on life participation
  • How did you make decisions in past jobs
  • Work experience is not as important as how you did the work

Quick sidenote, Watch “How to write a student resume” as well.

Here is how you write a winning resume when you have no applicable work experience

Watch the coaching video or scroll down to read the text.

Remember the most important thing when writing a resume with no experience:

Use your life experience and previous work experience to show the recruiter how you did your work not what kind of work you did.

Here is a quick summary of the “Resume With No Experience” video

Life, School, Study small jobs experience to date is more important

If you have previous work experience, but the work does not apply to job you are applying for, then focus on how you did the work not what the work was. It is important that you help the recruiter understand how you approach life and work, they need to get to know you and decide if you will be a good fit.

  • More important for the recruiter to get to know you
  • Avoiding the wrong job is just as important
  • Past actions predict your future behaviour
Know the industry and company

If you are serious bout getting a position at a specific company then take your time researching the company and the position you are applying for. Note how the company talks about itself and what keywords they use often. Use this strategically in your resume.

  • Very specific information about why the industry and company attracts you
  • Help the recruiter to get to know why you would be a good fit for the company
Why add hobbies in a “limited work experience” resume?
  • Tells them about you and your interests
  • In Golden Thread preparation, be prepared to be asked about good and bad situations and practise your response
  • We focus in detail on the preparing your Golden Thread in the Ruthless Resume System
Resume must be clear on personal traits
  • Do you have a people interest
  • Do you have a things interest
  • Do you have a tasks interest
  • How did you participate family / school / study / temp jobs
  • Where did you get involved
Open resources to help you get words that describe how you work

These resources will help you get words that describe you. Remember that these aptitude tests are guidelines for what your strengths are. Do not use them as “the ultimate” description of you, rather see them as ways to help you identify what your strengths are and in which internship and eventually career you will excel.

This post and video only focus on what you need to add to a normal resume. Check out, “How to write a resume” for more professional resume help.

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