The No-Work-Experience Resume Guide


The first thing employers look at when evaluating job candidates is the credentials listed in their resumes. The more work experience a candidate has, the better his chances of getting called for an interview. But what if you have no experience to speak of? What if you’re a fresh graduate on your first job search, or a student looking to fill one of the part time jobs in Singapore?

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To help boost your chances of being noticed even among the more experienced applicants, start by ensuring you include the following information in your first resume:

Your skills

Share the skills where you excel. If you’re looking for a job in sales, emphasize your communication and presentation skills. If you’re eyeing a job in graphic design, include samples of your design work in your resume. Whatever the type of job you’re applying for, be sure to let prospective employers know that you have the skills to take on the job.

Your interests

Let your resume speak of your personality. This will help employers get to know you as more than just another job seeker. If you’re into watching movies, production outfits might take an interest in you. If you like collecting magazines, this will make you a good fit for the publication industry. Just be sure to mention these interests in the context of your professional goals.

Your extra-curricular activities

Certain school clubs and organisations are designed to prepare students for the professional world. For example, there are architecture societies for students majoring in architecture, business organisations for business administration majors, forensics clubs for law students and so on. By including your relevant extra-curricular activities in your resume, you show that you are already very serious about your chosen specialisation. Include here your major contributions to these clubs, e.g., “I personally contacted successful entrepreneurs for our club’s first ever business symposium.”

Jobs you’re willing to take

It’s important that you accept the possibility that you may not get the actual job you want. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t settle for anything less. Include in your resume the jobs you’re willing to take, even on a part-time or temporary basis. For example, if you’re aiming for a job as an architect, indicate that you’re willing to start out as an assistant draftsman. Employers generally like young people who show they have no attitude problems. When you let them know that you’re willing to start low, they’ll be glad to give you a try. If you do well enough, you might later get absorbed and even moved up to the position you wanted at the start.

Remember, what you lack in work experience, you can make up for in many ways. Present yourself with honesty and sincerity, and you’ll have a good chance of getting, at the very least, a starting-point job that could serve as a stepping stone to better things in the future. Stay positive, be yourself, don’t let any setbacks get you down, and just keep pushing forward.

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