Having suitable experience to get your first job can be tricky. It’s your first job so what experience can you list on your resume?! And references? What are they? It turns out work experience isn’t the only thing employers are looking for, especially for entry-level jobs. After all those doing the hiring were once out there trying to get their first job too.
We will help you to create an entry level resume, in other words, a resume for the first job with no experience. Yes, is possible to create the perfect resume without experience.
1. If you can show you are responsible or considerate of others - your skills are in high demand!
Even better, using this strategy your experience and skills will be laid out in an easy to follow format for the person reading your resume and doing the hiring. Make sure you have your contact details on your resume on every page – in the header or footer is fine.
Also, it might be time to ditch the cute/not so cute firstname.lastname@example.org email address. The time for a grown up email address is now: email@example.com.
2. Include responsibilities at school or sporting clubs.
Have you ever been Captain or responsible for others? This shows maturity and will give you a first job advantage.
You can also use these contacts as your referees. You might have a referee from school or from years ago but a current contact in the community is always a good idea and people are often delighted to be able to help you as a referee. Have you helped your parents with their business or job? If you know how to use a photocopier, answer a telephone professionally or use a coffee machine you could be in hot demand.
3. Ever been an entrepreneur? Organised a garage sale? Being business minded will appeal to most employers.
If you have numbers that you can include such as the size of the team you coordinated or the number of items sold include them. They will help to put your experience into context for the person hiring who needs to know you can keep up with the pace.
3. Do you have charity or fundraising experience?
Usually this means you have had to use your initiative and communication skills, which go a long way in the workplace. List them down.
Are you committed to self-improvement? The ability to learn and be open to learning is an important quality employers look for.
4. If you are studying make sure you include that on the resume.
You might not graduate for 12 months but you will gain important skills with every task completed and committing to study shows you can commit to a job.
It takes a lot of effort to hire and train new people so they will want to see that you have a plan for your life and are likely to stick around. Who knows, they could have a promotion waiting for you once you graduate.