Are you worried about applying for a job because you don’t have any previous experience? If you’re a student, a fresh graduate, or an entry-level job applicant, it’s understandable that you might not have an employment history on your CV; but you shouldn’t let that stop you from applying for the job. If you’re entering the workforce with little to no experience, you can always rewrite your CV in an effective way to help you land the position that you want. Akhtaboot – the career network is here to offer some helpful tips:
The Summary Section
Make sure you include a short Summary at the beginning of your CV. The Summary can consist of 3-4 sentences that briefly describe who you are as a professional, your skillset, and what you can do for the company if you get employed. You must keep in mind that the Summary shouldn’t be a repetition of your cover letter. It can be helpful to take a look at the job description, take note of the skills required, and include them in your Summary. Knowing that you have no work experience, you have mention your most recent qualifications, and the rest should follow in a chronological descending order.
Here’s an example:
A bilingual, recent graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, excellent time management and research skills. Highly motivated with the ability to manage multiple projects and consistently meet deadlines. Interested in enhancing my writing and social media experience to efficiently contribute to an organization’s objectives.
The Experience Section
You have now reached the dreaded “Experience” section, which may be your biggest concern. Make sure that you don’t include short-term jobs that are irrelevant to the position that you are applying for. Again, we suggest that you highlight and focus on the skills that you mentioned in your Summary section, but this time, group them under headings. For example, under “Time Management skills” mention how you have developed these skills. You can mention how you’ve managed deadlines for newspaper editorials and allocated tasks to team members for a certain project. Make sure that you include volunteer work, extra curricular activities and class projects.
The Cover Letter
We cannot begin to emphasize on the importance of writing an effective cover letter. It may not be part of your CV, but we believe that a strong cover letter can back up your CV. The cover letter will help you link your skills to the company’s goals and needs. Make sure that you give the impression that you care enough about the job, which is why we advise you not to write the same cover letter for every position that you apply for. In addition, you must be very specific when talking about why the company should hire you, and how you can be a valuable asset.