3 Things to Include on Your Resume with No Previous Work Experience
Having a hard time finding a job because you have no previous work experience? We understand that many people struggle with this dilemma – in order to get a job many places require previous job experience.
However, at WFQ Inc., we hire many candidates out of high school or with no relevant experience. If you haven’t had a job in the past or are looking to shift fields, that’s ok! We are looking for people who demonstrate they are driven, have goals, and are excited to start working. Whether you are looking for a temporary summer job or your first full time job, our employment agency places people into general labor and skilled trade positions within Metro-Detroit, Michigan.
Now, you may be asking yourself, “But how do I show that on my resume when I’m applying?” Here are three tips to help you go from staring at a blank page to creating a resume that shows you are driven – with no previous work experience required.
1. Describe your goals.
Include a section introducing yourself. If you don’t have a ton of experience, consider including a summary or goals section and answering a few of these questions:
- Why are you interested in this job?
- What do you hope to accomplish in this role?
- What qualities do you have that would be a good fit for this job?
- What skills are you interested in developing in this role?
2. Highlight your education and relevant skills.
List out your school and any relevant classes or projects. You can even what you are interested in studying. If there are any specific examples (for example taking the lead in a project) that show how you possess any of the requirements in the job, you can include it!
When you read over the job description, pay attention to what the employer is looking for. For example, are they looking for someone who can solve problems? Perform specific tasks? A team player?
Now that you understand what skills the job is looking for, figure out which of those skills you possess. You can list them out in a separate skills section. Plus consider adding it into your descriptions within your resume sections. For example, if the job is looking for someone who can work on a team, you could put a bullet point in your education section giving an example about how you worked well within a team project.
3. List activities & achievements.
Showcase how your activities and achievements can apply to the position. Write out a list of any and all organizations you have, then think of how you can make it relevant to the role
For example, if you are on a sports team, add a bullet about teamwork. If you have volunteer experience, explain what you did and learned. If you were the lead in your school’s musical, point out your leadership skills. Your previous involvement can show a lot about your character and work ethic – even if you haven’t had a job.
I’ve created my resume following these tips. Now what should I do?
Now, it’s time to put your resume to use and apply, apply, apply!
If you are over 18 and are interested in getting your first job or re-entering the workforce, stop in our office Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM at 5751 S Sheldon Road, Canton, MI 48188 or apply online on our job board. We have a range of opportunities for you to check out!