Aug 14, 2018 - 04:37 PM
The first thing you need to understand is how to create a resume without the luxury of listing your experiences. We recommend shifting the focus of your resume from work experience to skills. Describe your abilities and any experiences that you do have, such as internships or school experience. Additionally, you may consider replacing your summary statement with an objective statement. This kind of information is sometimes more effective for candidates with very little working experience.
Keep in mind that an advanced education can be a substitute for experience in some reputable positions. That is the appeal of continuing your education after earning a Bachelor's degree. A Master's degree or higher can open the door to advanced positions even without prior experience.
Jan 17, 2019 - 02:43 PM
Your goal is to sell the employer on your aptitude; that is, your potential to become proficient quickly and grow in the role, rather than your accumulated work experience. That’s not to say experience doesn’t matter. But it does mean that you need to demonstrate how the experience you do have contains all the ingredients needed to master the job, and ultimately bring value to the organization.
You don’t need to frame the experiences you do have around a formal work history, but you do need to show that those experiences translate into a package that will address the employer’s needs. Those experiences can come from anywhere (for example, school, extracurriculars, volunteering, personal projects or co-op programs) as long as they are relevant.
Also, show that you have a habit of taking responsibility for your own learning, and a history of gaining proficiency very quickly. Illustrating both by storytelling via your resume and cover letter is especially effective.
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