4 ways to build a strong resume when you don't have work experience | ISIC Card New Zealand

Click here for tips on how to build that amazing resume when you might not have all the necessary work experience.

If it is your first job or you are changing careers, chances are that you either you do not have any work experience, or you do not have relevant work experience. These days, even some entry level jobs require 2 to 3 years of experience, so it is essential that your resume represents you in the best light possible. Here are some hints that may come in handy when you start to write your resume.

Arrange your resume so it highlights your strengths
When you do not have any work experience, the key is to arrange your resume so your personal information comes before any work experience.  For example, if you have just graduated, put the education field first, or you can possibly start with your skills. If you have some skills that are required for a job, be sure to mention them. Try to back it up with some examples where you mastered those skills. And after all, it is not bad to put a personal description before everything, including some of your hobbies, because that may just be the way to connect with your future employer. Information about your school projects or volunteering might be more important that information about your previous paid jobs if they did not relate in any way to the desired job.

Experience does not necessarily mean only paid experience
Do not worry if you do not have any paid experience. You can put in the experience field some of the volunteering you did that you were involved with during school. The employer may just recognise some characteristics that are required as part of your desired job.

Be sure you know what the employer is looking for
Check all the conditions that are listed in the description to see that the job really is what you are asking for. If you cannot relate in any way to the job offer, maybe then it is best to skip it.

Make your application to the point and proofread it before sending
It is important to not make your resume too long. Usually the employer will have a lot of resumes to view and they will just spend a limited time reviewing each of them. Your application needs to be informational, precise and overall, you cannot afford any grammatical errors as that will most likely present you in an unprofessional light.

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