Job seekers face challenges while applying for a full-time position, for the first time when they have no work experience to prove they are qualified. It is seen that most recruiters and hiring managers view an applicant’s work history as one of the best ways to predict future job performance.
The recruiters and hiring managers judge most freshers based on skills, internships, and commitment to work in any given condition and environment. To make the best resume without any appropriate work experience, clearly showcasing the skills, achievements, and career summary can be a necessary step. These details should be particular to the job seeker and should be highlighting high points to be called for an interview by the potential employer.
For a fresher, to make your resume shine among the other applicants, follow these few tips:
Decide a resume format to settle on:
Few essential formats that are used nowadays are Chronological, functional, and hybrid, hybrid is a combination of the two).
A resume format which has a candidate’s work experience in reverse-chronological order is termed to be chronological resume.
A Functional resume format is the one which focuses on highlighting the candidate’s skills and achievements rather than work experience.
However, the functional resume format can be an attractive option for job seekers with little experience. However, Most employers prefer a chronological or hybrid resume format. Whatever resume format you decide to use, be sure that your form remains consistent throughout the document.
Never forget to add a summary statement:
Summary statements are objective statement wherein you state your career goals. Summaries generally include the skills that the candidate can bring to the company and not what the employer can do for the candidate. This statement must be placed at the top of the page in a sentence or two.
Remember! The summary statement makes a first impression on the hiring manager and captures their attention to read the complete resume. Therefore, it should be made in a personal manner and should focus on how can you prove your value to the organization.
Include the required Keywords
The HR’s use some or the other form of an applicant tracking system (ATS) to scan and sort resumes. You might think this is unfair, but that’s how the hiring process works. Therefore, keywords play a crucial role, and their absence can make your resume pile up in the stack. The best place to find these keywords is in the job description provided by the company.
Add internships, whether paid or volunteered
If you are applying for a job without any relevant experience from the past. Make sure you add your internships and unpaid position. This can be a real add on to your resume. This experience shows that you have worked in corporate and can understand your responsibilities well. Not only that these internships can help you build a good network. These can be further used to get into jobs.
Include your special skills and interests
Right after you have added your internships and other work details, start mentioning about your skills and interests. But be sure that these are relevant to the job you are applying and can help employers understand how these individual skills can be beneficial for the hiring company.
Don’t mention these:
Not everything can be included in your resume. Your resume has to be professional without unnecessary details mentioned on it. Some of ‘not so required details’ can be references, your pictures or unwanted picture art, etc. Above all, remember to mention only those details your hiring company employer has asked.
Cover letter- It is essential!
A resume with a short cover letter is always an asset to get the attention of the hiring manager. Cover letters are generally the best way to show an enhanced version of yourself. Those details which cannot be mentioned in a resume can be put in the cover letter. Remember to fill the space in the cover letter by only mentioning points which are not there in your resume. Even if the cover letter is not perfect, yet it can be an add on to make your impression and be different from regular applicants.
Customize your resume
The most crucial point of all is to customize resume each time you apply for a role. Every role is different with different skills and function, so make sure you highlight only the relevant keywords and duties. The best strategy for getting your application noticed is that it is appealing to each company needs and job requirements.
“A successful resume will be your skills, of placing the everyday things uncommonly well.”