Aug 20, 2018 - 08:30 AM
If you can manage it, the best strategy to creating an entry-level resume is including whatever experience you do have. It may not be a job, but if you have had an internship, relevant volunteer work, or even impressive school projects, you can include them on your resume as if they were a job. If you do not have any experiences like this, focus on your skills and education instead. There are universal skills that apply to any job, like critical thinking, problem solving, communication, or leadership.
Sep 28, 2018 - 03:48 PM
You can still write a cover letter if you have no past work experience. Begin the letter by providing some initial information about who you are, how you learned about the role, and why you’re interested in the role. Next, review the posting for the position for which you are applying. You will likely find some valuable information related to keywords and soft skills—things like communication skills, and time management skills—that you can showcase. Then, think back on your experiences in college or high school. If you have any relevant experiences from school or any volunteering experience, share some information about those experiences and tie that work to some of the key duties and responsibilities listed in the description of the role.
Make sure you do your company research! Look at the company’s website to understand what they do; also get a handle on their mission, vision, and values. Aim to make some connection back to your personal and professional values and goals. Focus your energies on how you can be an advantage to the company – do not make the cover letter All About You. Share stories and anecdotes about how your skills align with the job to further illustrate the match.
And make sure your cover letter is only one page. Make sure it has an opening greeting (preferably to a specific person, although “Dear Hiring Manager” can work); an opening paragraph; one-to-two body paragraphs; and a closing paragraph (that contains your preferred method of contact).