No Work Experience? No Problem!

How do you create a resume when you’ve never had a job?

If you’re looking for a job in a service industry, such as retail sales or food service, most places have an application to fill out. If you’re looking for work in a different sector, however, or are conducting a widespread job search, you’ll need a resume.

Follow our five-step tutorial.

1. Keep it simple. There’s no need to overcomplicate your phrasing or formatting in an attempt to disguise your lack of work history. There are lots of great templates online to use (try Docs, Word, or Canva).

2. Put your education first. Be sure to include your diploma and any relevant coursework and projects. If you took advanced classes or have a high GPA, mention it; this will show that you work hard and take on challenges.

3. Be honest and specific about your skills. If you like working with people, say so. If you are efficient and independent, include that. If you are good at problem-solving or working with your hands, highlight it. (Remember that your tech skills are relevant in the workplace. Tout your facility with Google Suite, MS Office, email, search engines, typing, etc.)

4. Record any volunteer or extracurricular experience. Be clear about what you did and what you learned. Even mowing lawns and babysitting count!

5. Proofread! Get multiple pairs of eyes on your resume, run it through ChatGPT and Grammarly, and read it out loud to make sure that you catch every single error in spelling or punctuation.

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