If you are a student and you are studying to get your degree or about to graduate and you are looking for an internship or even your first job but you have no idea what to put in the resume because you lack professional experience, you’ve probably asked yourself: "What am I going to do if I do not have any experience? Should I just fake it? " Absolutely NOT.
The first thing you need to know is that resumes are not based only on work experience. A company that hires recent graduates or current students is expecting that the candidates applying will have little to no experience. But this does not mean that you do not have to make a good resume to impress them.
Generally, in student’s resumes, there is usually little to no experience in the job force. So, how can you get your resume to stand out than those who do have experience?
Just because you are at the beginning of your career, does not mean you do not have very good things to highlight. Here are some tips that will help you create a good resume.
The first thing you will have to do is to research the company you want to access in order to adapt your resume and features according to the company's requirements. Think about how much you identify with the company and what you could bring them. Make sure to keep in mind that adapting your resume according to the company is something that you should always do, regardless of whether you have experience or not, so do not forget it for the future!
This information will be the basis for a company to be interested in you or not.
You should take some time and think about everything you have done in the past that could be relevant to the position you are opting for. Be careful to include irrelevant or unnecessary information. For example, you will not have to incorporate information such as where you studied at school because if you are studying at a university or high school it is understood that it is something that you already had to overcome to be where you are.
Nor will the courses or small temporary jobs (weekend waiter) that are not related to the purpose of the company you wish to contact. Longer resumes with filler information will be less likely to be read through completely.
You should also include if you have been abroad doing a foreign exchange program, volunteering, au pair etc. These experiences abroad are very interesting for companies because it shows that the person is able to face situations where they are outside of their comfort zone in a foreign country.
Another very interesting information that you should not forget is to add a professional objective. This is a brief reflection about where you are now where you expect to be if you could get offered the job. Basically, you have to summarize in a paragraph what you expect and what you can offer to the labor market and the company. Including a professional objective in your curriculum will help it earn points in the selection process.
Finally, we recommend you to always accompany the resume with a cover letter.
Now that you have a clear idea about what information your resume should contain, we want to help you design it. The presentation of your resume is important because it is the first impression your future employer will have of you. In EDIT you will find many templates for resumes that have been specifically adapted for students. Once you have the information that you want to include, it will not take more than 5 minutes to have your resume/CV ready. You can always come back to modify it to adapt to the different jobs you're applying to as well!
Good luck with the job search!