Many students and young people in general can find it difficult to fill a resume with relevant information. You’ve heard it all before, add all your qualifications and all your experience, in chronological order of course, then add to the list your other certifications and awards, as well as your skills and three professional reference.
I don’t know about you, but if I had to follow this template a few years ago when I first started uni, my CV would have been dangerously close to blank. Sure, I had a few previous jobs under my belt for the ‘Experience’ section and I’d completed the Higher School Certificate but apart from that, I didn’t have much to work with in order to sell myself. Surely I wasn’t the only one.
So how can we improve our chances of success if we don’t have a long list of qualifications? Here are a few points to consider:
Shorter is better
One advantage of being in this stage of your working life is that you can pretty much include everything you have ever done into a one-page document. You might see this a bad thing now but any employer would choose a single page resume that gets straight to the point and is easy to read over a lengthy, unclear one. Today’s fast paced business method doesn’t leave managers with much time for reading long chunks of text, especially when the job is for an entry-level.
Take pride in the fact that your education is your strongest point at the moment strongest point. Unlike long-term employees, whether you’re studying or you’ve recently finished school, the process of learning new things is still a habit for you. You probably find it easier to be enthusiastic at work and you pick up more than someone who hasn’t done any learning for an extended period of time. Take advantage and show off your academic achievement. Good marks show employers that not only are you good at learning but also that you can be honest and open about your results.
This section gives you a chance to stand out from other job applicants because it shows what you like to do. This could include volunteer work for a particular type of organisation, whether it’s for a corporation doing a bit of work to give you experience for the career you’d like to fall into in the future or if it’s for a non-profit organisation raising funds or donating your time to helping people or animals in the community, hiring managers will use this information to separate you from other people will similar abilities.
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