Writing a CV with No Experience
Posted on Friday, October 27, 2017 by April Roe — No comments
It can seem like an impossible task to write a persuasive and attractive CV if you lack any real life work experience. This is a frequent scenario for recent graduates who have left college or university and want to begin applying for jobs within their chosen area. What you have to remember here is that everybody must start somewhere! Not one single person leaving schooling walks right into a job with years of job experience under their belt. But only because you lack any real 'hands-on' work experience in a similar function does not mean that you cannot perform the job. You have valuable skills which you can bring to this job, and it is now your goal to convince the company that you'll be a good fit.
Start with a summary
The best way to begin writing your CV is by creating a short summary of around 4 or so sentences that best describe what you are able to bring to the role, should you get the job. Sometimes you will have the right qualifications for the position and will be in a good position for consideration because your training is still so fresh and current. This can be a great strength for you to begin with.
Keep your sentences short and to the point with no unnecessary waffle or filler to try to make it look more substantial. Remember that famous saying, ‘less is more’? Keep this at the forefront of your mind. Recruiters will only be interested in picking out the information that is relevant for the job in hand, so you don’t need to go overboard and explain things in granular detail.
List your qualifications
The best way to begin composing your CV is by developing a short overview of about 4 or so sentences that best describe what you are able to bring to the role, in the event you receive the job. On occasion you'll have the ideal qualifications for the position and are in a fantastic position for consideration because your training is still so fresh and current. This may be an excellent strength for you to start out with. Keep your sentences short and to the point with no unnecessary waffle or filler to try to make it look more substantial. Keep this in the forefront of your mind. Recruiters will simply be interested in picking out the information that is relevant to your job in hand, which means you don't have to go overboard and clarify matters in granular detail.
What to put in the experiences section of your CV
The experience part of your CV is going to be your most challenging part. Although you can't place any relatable work experience within this part, you don't need to leave it clean or omit it out of the CV entirely.
You can draw on some of your daily life experiences and describe how the transferable skills you've gained can be used at the job. You likely have more transferable abilities than you understand!
Talk about your great time-management skills and the way you could meet deadlines with your research and document submissions. Speak about your research skills and how implementing these for this role can bring fantastic benefits. Mention the skills you picked up in any part time jobs you've held. Explain that you have good teamwork skills that helped to produce a joint project in the college.
Lastly, try to emphasis how the skills employed for your interests and hobbies may also be applied for this position.
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