Hello lovelies! This post is going to be the first in a three part series on professional development! I got the inspiration for this post from my current situation with school. I am a Fashion Merchandising/Apparel Design major and we are required to have a 12 credit hour internship course in order to graduate.
It has to be AFTER we finish all of our fashion classes though so sadly my internship this summer did not count (because I still have two fashion classes this semester). The good news? I’m currently taking a Professional Seminar course AND an Advanced Selling course where I’m learning to build my portfolio and best prepare myself for jobs/the industry!
This post is all about how to create a killer resume even if you don’t have experience! I hate that many people say “no experience” though because you can have experience from various places, you just might not know it yet! This whole post will help you realize all of your skills and how to make them into a resume and put your best self on the table!
How To Create A Killer Resume (Even With No Experience)
At the top of your resume, always have your name on there and in BOLD. I mean you want people to remember you right? Although with a name like “Amanda Johnson” I’m going to have to do a little bit more to catch their attention.
Below your name, add your address (also optional but I suggest no). I said this is optional because have had professionals in the industry tell me they have seen people be passed up for interviews because of the county they live in. I have also heard that this makes it seem more likely that you’re in the vicinity of the job OR that you’re willing to relocate.
Here is an example of a header:
A good suggestion is to list your education at the top below your header! That way employers can see where you went to school and what degree you obtained. It’s also true that you don’t HAVE to add your GPA, but if you’re proud of it definitely add it on there!
In the section of your education, make sure to add any courses/certifications your received, any internships/co-ops you had, and/or any awards/scholarships you have received during your time in school.
Here is an example of an education section:
You will always want to list your actual job experience first! This shows that you have interviewed before, that you can work on a schedule/budget your time, and that you wanted to gain experience in something (especially if related to your industry).
A big suggestion here is for people who currently are not college seniors is to GET AN INTERNSHIP/JOB IN YOUR INDUSTRY! This is so so important because a lot of companies want interns who have already been interns. I had an amazing one this summer and even though it didn’t count for credit I knew it would open so many more doors for me.
Sidenote: Another thing to add here is if you’re in a more creative field, make sure you have a portfolio! A lot of social media/communications/graphic design internships ask for one during the original application process. I’m in the process of making mine and I might post it once it’s finally completed. Add a QR code that links to it on your resume!
Experience that might not seem like it is actual experience:
- Volunteer Experiences
- Clubs/Extracurricular Activities
- Positions you hold/held for your sorority/fraternity
- Certifications/Courses you completed through school
These are all various examples of “experience” that might not have immediately come to mind! These are great alternatives to actual jobs/industry experience and can show employers that even if you have not worked before you still spend your time trying to improve yourself, your skills, and/or the world around you.
If you have actual jobs, it’s a good idea to actually add those first; however, if these above are all that you have definitely list them in order from most recent to least recent and only add the ones relevant to the position you’re applying to!
Just because the job title isn’t related to the industry you’re applying to, if the EXPERIENCE and the SKILLS you have gained from this position are relevant list them! For example, I was a Leasing Agent at my apartment complex and I am definitely not applying to jobs in this industry; however, I did a LOT of communicating with residents and a TON of Marketing on campus/social media.
Here is an example of an experience section:
So there are two kinds of skills: Hard and Soft! Both are very important when applying to jobs! What I have learned and also what I’ve been taught in my classes is that you should list HARD skills in their own section and SOFT skills in the descriptions of your jobs/experiences.
- Market research
- Social media strategy
- SEO and/or Google Analytics
- Web content development
- Proficiency in a foreign language
- Microsoft Word/Excel/Powerpoint
- Adobe Creative Cloud/Illustrator/Photoshop
- Work Ethic
- Customer Service
- Time Management
Here is an example of a skills section:
I hope this post helps you write a killer resume even if you previously thought you had no experience! Resume’s are the most important part of applying to a job/internship because it’s the first thing a recruiter sees!
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