Even though you’re still a student, it is not long to enter the world of work and business suits. It is not the time to sit quiet. You need to do a bit of adulting. Start with writing your resume. Resume is your first weapon to get a job opportunity may it be a fulltime one through campus selection or seasonal, part-time, and temporary work, as well as assistantships, internships, and fellowships.
You must have been worried about how to write a resume with no experience. Yes! Writing a resume with no work experience is different than a normal resume. But it is not a herculean task as it seems. However, it deserves dedicated time and attention.
Remember that as you have no work experience, you will be valued by employers for your attitude, skills and ability to work and deliver in teams. And the key in writing an impactful resume is to present a match between your qualities and the requirement of the job.
Gather and put in place all your educational qualifications, academic projects and training. All you need is to properly format your resume. You have to be specific on two points. First: Any prospective employer has their own specific criteria. You must address these criteria in full to avoid rejection of your application during computer screening; Second: You should provide relevant and concise information as a resume is a useful document to its readers.
Take a cue from the following tips to write your first resume.
What to Include:
Do some brainstorming about all your past experiences – your work-related positions, volunteering, academic experience, campus leadership positions, extracurricular activities, internships and any awards or special recognition you may have received. After putting everything in a list, look back at the post you are applying for. Now, match your experience with the job requirements. The experiences and skills that are directly related to the job requirements should be prioritised. Elaborate on some of these experiences.
Highlight your education:
Don’t worry if you have limited work or extracurricular experience. Emphasize your academic history. Put the academia at the top of your resume so that it can draw the employer’s attention first. Apart from the name of your school and college, highlight your achievements, such as a high GPA and academic awards. If you have taken courses related to the job you are applying for, or completed school projects that required skills related to the job, mention them in the list.
Format your resume:
Dividing your resume into different categories is the best way to draw an employer’s attentions to all your strengths and achievements equally. You can create categories such as academia, work history, volunteer experience, relevant courses, trainings and so on. Highlight the skills you have gained throughout your experiences in a separate section. If you are applying for a job as a computer programmer, mention the programming languages you are familiar with under the ‘skills’ section.
Review your resume
The best way to review your resume is to make your parents or guardians take a look at it to ensure that you have included all relevant information. You should also have someone from your campus career office and a friend you trust in to go through your resume. A review not only makes sure that you have included all relevant information, it is also vital for filtering grammatical and spelling errors and issues with the format of the document.
Follow a resume sample:
Use a fresher’s resume sample to guide you in deciding the contents, format and style. You can google the samples but be sure to pick the one that fits your own academic background, experiences and the job you are applying for.
In order to create a smart and appealing CV, give attention to the following points.
Research the employer’s business: You need to modify your resume for different employers though your basic information will be similar. It is smart to research the employer’s business. Use the employer’s contact persons to get as much information as possible about the job. The information can prevent you from missing out some important information about you and save you from committing blunders.
Less text: Stick to solid facts without adornment. Avoid additional information unless it gives you a clear advantage.
Easy to read: Your resume must be easy to read. So think from a reader’s prospective.
Look Professional: Make sure that your resume does not resemble a junk mail online. It should have credible, professional look. You can use colours to break up the sections.