Whether you’re a wide-eyed high schooler or an eager college student/graduate, the best way to make a resume with no job experience is to get some experience. The second best way is to make the most of the experiences you’ve got.
Before anyone will hire you, they want to get to know you. Your resume is a snapshot of the most important things you’ve accomplished in your professional life. It should be specific, organized, and custom-made for the role you’re looking to fill.
Early on, you’ll probably struggle to think of anything worthy of putting on your resume. That’s probably why you’re reading this. Truth be told, my resume was an absolute nightmare until someone taught me how to do it right.
Don’t worry – I’ll give you a peek into the employer’s mindset so that you can best position yourself to land those interviews you’re looking for.
I know what it feels like to be in your shoes, so let’s go over the basics first. If you’re really in a crunch, you can skip right to accessing my FREE Resume Building Guide. Otherwise, here are my thoughts on how to approach making a resume when you’re looking for your first internship or job.
A Resume with no Job Experience Should:
Imagine yourself as the owner of a company looking to hire new employees. You’ve looked over dozens of resumes and need to make a decision.
What type of employee would you want? Employees are the lifeblood of any company. Do you want your employees going through the motions or always striving to take things to the next level?
When looking for your first job, the most important thing is to show your ambition and desire to learn.
Your future employer knows you won’t have any clue what you’re doing on day one. What they want to see is that you’ve fully applied yourself in your experiences so far and that you’ll do the same for their organization. It’s far better to be vulnerable and hungry than to act like you know it all.
Reveal Your Interests
When someone reads your resume they should get a feel for who you are and what makes you tick. You want to make them curious – ready to ask more questions and dig deeper.
You do this by telling a story.
Nobody helped me make my first resume and it showed. It was boring, lacked structure, and had no flavor. It honestly made for better kindling than interesting reading.
I simply didn’t put any life into it; I wasn’t comfortable enough in my own skin to let my personality and interests shine through. Don’t make that same mistake!
Whether you’re applying for college, an internship or your first job, making a resume with no work experience is all about letting down your guard and showing a path of self-discovery. You’re young (hopefully)! You’re still learning what you like and don’t like.
Align yourself with something you’re interested in and show what you’ve been doing to hone your skills and pursue that interest.
Demonstrate Your Value
You really want to know how to make a resume with no job experience? How about showing people your value! It’s all well and good to have a great format and an interesting story, but if you can’t bring anything positive to the table it doesn’t matter.
For that reason, you want to highlight the skills you possess. What positive qualities will you bring to this opportunity? A good exercise is to have a conversation with a friend about your strengths and abilities.
Find out what you can improve and work on those things. If you make a habit of taking and implementing feedback, you’ll be irreplaceable in your career.
It’s also important to quantify your efforts and results. You need to put everything in context because numbers work magic on resumes. Let’s say you helped run a marketing campaign for selling cookies at the school store. By what percentage did sales increase because of that campaign?
If you won an essay competition, how many contestants did you beat? Numbers are a great way to demonstrate your value and bring your resume to life.
Start the Conversation
A great resume is a conversation starter.
It’s important to remember that your resume serves the purpose of getting you in the door for an interview. Having interesting information that people will want to talk about will only make your life easier.
When I was a junior in college, I finally got the chance to showcase some of my skills as the manager of financial operations at a coffee shop on campus. I know – pretty important stuff. This ended up paying huge dividends for me because I cut costs by 5% and raised revenues by 15%. In all my interviews for my first job – and there were many, unfortunately – everybody wanted to know how I did it.
Pursue these opportunities for yourself and give people something interesting to talk about. Your future-self will thank you later
Serve as Motivation
Putting together a resume with no work experience isn’t easy or fun, especially for a college student. If you feel frustrated, angry, or embarrassed, that’s good. Let that emotion motivate you to drive harder towards your goals.
If you’re old enough to get a job, focus your efforts on gaining enough experience to land that first job. A great way to start is by getting a summer internship.
Check Out My FREE Resume Guide
If you’re looking for a great way to set up your first resume, CLICK HERE for my free resume guide!
I’ll show you how to write it, what to include, and what not to include. Best of all, I’ll give you a clean and professional format that companies and recruiters love!
Believe me – you’ll never need to worry about your resume again. Once you’ve read my guide, all you need to do is use the approach I’ve showed you to update your information as you gain more experience.
It’s simple, easy, and incredibly effective!
All opinions expressed on this blog are solely those of Home at 30 and are in no way affiliated with any other organization or institution. The purpose of this blog is to give general education and information about investing, wealth, careers, and college; It is not intended to be professional advice.
After earning an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Master of Arts in Management at Wake Forest University, Josh has paid off over $90k in student loan debt in 3.5 years. By founding Home at 30, Josh wants to help you make the most of college, build a successful career, and achieve financial independence.