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How to Write a Great CV with No Work Experience?

Last Modified : August 16, 2017

Are you a recent graduate? Rejected from your dream company? Does your CV lack the appropriate information? Is your CV presentable enough? Phew! That’s a lot of pressure to deal with. Fret not! We are here to your rescue.

 We know that you often find yourself in the dilemma of how to apply for your dream job. With no work experience, aspirants often find themselves failing to land up in a job interview as most are filtered out while scrutinizing the resumes.

Aspirants are often in this frustrating conundrum: you need experience to get a job, but you need job to get experience!

Formulating a CV can be a daunting task, and then with no work experience, it gets no less than climbing to the peak of the mountain. An aspirant is surrounded by numerous questions about how and what information to inculcate to hit the bull's eye. So, when you find yourself stuck in this situation, don’t worry, you are not the only one.

Luckily, employers often look for the skill set that an aspirant possesses rather than a work background. One must present their skills in a way that the resume surpasses the glitch of work experience and find you in a good job.

Here are some techniques and tricks that will highlight your qualification and strengths which will make you an ideal candidate for the desired job:

Show your Potential

Often an employer seeks for the details of what you can do and not what you have done already. Hence, be prominent about your skillset and capabilities.

  • List out all your relevant experiences, say about the internships or some volunteer work that you have done.
  • Mention your general experiences as well such as hobbies or skills, even if they are not job-related.
  • You must talk about your day to day life experiences and what lessons do you learn from them.
  • Make sure to keep the employer curious and hooked onto your CV with your skillset and presentation.

Be honest about your skills

Identify your most impressive and best skill. Don’t forget to be honest about your skill set, otherwise, it might turn negative for you during the interview. Employers do not expect you to prove your expertise in everything. Just lay out your top five qualities and provide examples to substantiate your skills.

  • For Instance, if you claim to have good leadership qualities, then give examples as in where did your leadership qualities helped you. Similarly, if you mention about your communication skill, substantiate it with a relevant example.
  • A skilful person is any day most desirable. Hence, try and be expressive about your skills and enhance them. Specify how hardworking and a quick learner you are.

Highlight your achievements

Never shy away from flaunting your achievements. Whether it is as small as a college football match or as big as some appreciation received in any volunteer work. Employer will always look forward to interviewing you if he gets a desirable set of achievements that portray your skills and team spirit. Showcase yourself as an active participant in extra-curricular activities.

  • For example, flaunt the work that you did in your graduation for your college or some volunteer work for an NGO.
  • Do not forget to mention the lessons that you learnt during your achievements. This will add personality to your CV

Make sense of your Qualifications

Be vigilant when you mention your qualifications in your resume. It should be relevant to the post that you applied for. Sometimes your qualifications can be presented in a different way that might interest your employer.

  • For instance, if you mention dissertation writing as your qualification, your employer might not find it useful. Always mention that you possess a skill to research and compile data to form a report.
  • You can also mention what all did you learn during your dissertation.
  • Qualifications can be mentioned in a way that makes you stand as a relevant candidate for the desired post.

Play up your Degree

Be very descriptive about your work was done during your degree programme. It will just add a plus point in your employer's list.

  • For example, if you have given presentation, describe your skills like pitching and having good communication skills. Do not leave blank spaces in your CV due to lack of experience.
  • The experience section is only vital to ensure your employer about your skillset and job roles. Find them from your degree programme and use it appropriately.

These are some of the tips and tricks that might help you to stand out among other candidates and will help find you a seat in your aspired job. Your employer is smart enough to judge you through your CV and select you on the basis of your skills and learning.

Being descriptive about your skill set is the key rule to lure your employer into hiring you and land you in your dream company. Do not fake your achievements and skills, be authenticate about your calibre and let your employer judge your capabilities.