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Have you ever noticed how almost every entry level job requires at least 1 year of related experience? Related experience doesn’t always mean work experience! Not having work experience to write about is not the end of the world. Everyone has to start somewhere. There are many different sections that you can include on your resume to make up for a lack of work experience.
If you are seeking an entry-level position, it is assumed that your work experience might be in short supply. A resume is a compilation of different experiences you have had that make you an ideal candidate. If you feel like you are lacking in the “work experiences” department, make sure you are involved in something else that you can talk about on your resume and in an interview. There are many different sections you can include to impress an employer and get that entry-level job.
Check out a list of sections, their explanations, and suggestions for content below:
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An objective is different from a summary but both serve the same purpose. An objective is 1 sentence describing what you want out of a job and the skills you have. For example: “Seeking a full time position in Finance utilizing my (insert 3 skills). A summary is a little bit longer and takes up more space on the resume. A summary is typically used when switching fields, making a huge career change, or re-entering the job marketing after a while. This is your chance to explain the change or difference that you’re making. College students or recent grads usually don’t need a summary section on their resume.
For college students, the education section should be listed after the objective because that’s what you’re currently involved with. Once you graduate and have a job, the education section can move down under experience. The education section is a place to list your college, degree, GPA, and any awards or honors. If you are pursuing a higher degree, you would also list that in this section.
This is where you list things like computer skills, languages, and certifications. Typically, soft skills such as “excellent communication, interpersonal skills etc” are not listed in this section but can be if you find that you need to take up more room on your resume.
You can combine these two sections or separate them into two different ones, depending on the amount of content you have to write. In both sections, you can include anything you were/are still involved with. For the activity section, some examples would be sports teams, greek life, clubs, groups, etc. For the volunteer section, some examples would be donating your time at a local shelter, working at a soup kitchen etc. If you are very involved in volunteer work or the job you are applying to is focused around volunteering, it would be worth it to expand on this section so it makes a bigger impact.
The purpose of this section is to create a common interest between you and the interviewer and possibly start a conversation. This isn’t a place to showcase what you think the employer will want to hear, for example, interested in computing high level math equations. This is a place to list your actual hobbies, for example, figure skating, running, NY Giants, etc.
Use these sections to build a resume and gain valuable work experience that can later be displayed. Valuable tip- keep a master resume where you can add everything you’ve ever done. Resume’s constantly change and should change based on the job you are applying to. You never know what jobs/experiences will be applicable and help you land that job!