So your resume looks a little thin. Or very thin. Maybe your work history section contains exactly one job—a job you’ve held for thirty years, or one year, or one month. Maybe your work history section contains no previous positions at all, and you’re wondering if you should add that lifeguarding gig you held as a teenager. Before you give up and start submitting your one-line resume to employers with your fingers crossed, keep these tips and considerations in mind.
Your summary should be about three lines long, no matter who you are or how much relevant experience you can claim. If you have no track record to speak of (which new graduates and younger applicants often don’t) then don’t focus on the past; focus on the future. You haven’t held a professional job yet, but you’re ambitious, and your future will be impressive as your past is thin. Focus on the road ahead.
So you haven’t earned a graduate degree. And you can’t claim a bachelor’s degree either (at least not yet). But that doesn’t mean your education section has to be a blank line. If you’ve taken any college level courses at all, describe the ones you’ve completed. If you’re currently enrolled, state your course of study and intended completion date. Then list your certifications, community college work, online courses, adult education classes, and supplemental courses offered by private instructors. Explain any and all of the training you’ve received that might benefit your potential employer.
So you’ve held only a few professional positions, or none at all. That’s fine, as long as you can take either of the following steps:
If your work history and education sections are looking a little threadbare, let your skills section pick up the slack. Be very clear about what youcando andwilldo, even if what youhavedone isn’t taking up much space on the page. List your programing proficiencies, foreign languages, budgeting skills, scheduling skills, and administrative abilities above all else. These five talents will support success in almost any job, and your potential employers should know about them.
Above all else, be confident. Your resume should convey a sense of pride, and should offer no trace of apology or defensiveness. Visit LiveCareer and use a Resume Builder that sets the perfect tone and launches your job search in the right direction.