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Crafting the Perfect Resume… When You’ve Never Had a Job

Published: Aug 08, 2012

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There are plenty of resume-writing tips out there for those of us with experience in our fields—using action verbs, formatting in an attractive and easy to read manner, highlighting only relevant employment. But how do you go about creating a resume that doesn’t look empty when you’ve been a full-time student your whole life?

First, the bad news: even recent graduates are expected to fill up a page with relevant experience. But here’s the good news: “relevant experience” is a much broader category for an entry-level position than for a more senior role. Many of the activities you’ve participated in and interests you’ve developed—even while in school—are appropriate to include. Here are some of the things you can include on your resume when you’re just starting out:

Academic achievements.  List any academic recognition you’ve received in your education section, under the school to which it is relevant. This includes receiving honors and making the dean’s list, but it could also include receiving the highest grade in your English Literature class or getting all A’s within your major. If you’ve done an independent project with a teacher or professor, you should list that as well.

Relevant coursework. Don’t assume that the person reading your application package will be poring over your transcript. List out classes you’ve taken that are relevant to the position you’re applying for. For example, if you’re applying for a marketing job, include any communications, English and public speaking classes.

Clubs. If you were a member—or better yet, an officer—of your school’s photography club, fraternity or sorority, or French club, hiring managers want to know about it. Even if the subject matter of the club has nothing to do with the job in question, any kind of consistent involvement shows responsibility and commitment. Make sure to include any responsibilities you had as a member, such as organizing weekly meetings or maintaining the group’s website.

Sports and musical instruments. Similarly, playing a sport or instrument throughout school demonstrates hard work and dedication. It doesn’t matter whether you were team captain, All-American or first chair (although that certainly wouldn’t hurt)—simply keeping up with this kind of activity on top of your school work says a lot about your work ethic and personality.

Volunteer work. While it’s preferable to show a long-term commitment to a cause or organization, virtually any kind of volunteer work is appropriate to list on a resume. Did you pass out water at your city’s marathon or work at a food bank over Thanksgiving? Employers like to see a commitment to the community.

Languages. Proficiency in another language is always appropriate to include in your resume. Just don’t overstate your fluency—you never know what languages your interviewer might speak!

Computer skills. Awesome at Excel? Know HTML? Great with InDesign? You’d be surprised at how valuable these skills are to many employers.

Any kind of employment at all. Sure, you’ve never had a full-time job. But working while going to school—as a camp counselor, waiter, babysitter or grocery store stocker—is extremely impressive and can set you apart as a candidate with “real world” experience.

Activities and interests. What do you do in your free time? (Hopefully, the answer to this is not just “watch Law and Order reruns.”) If you take dance classes or have an affinity for foreign films, add these activities to your “Interests” section. Besides adding a little more bulk to your resume, this section helps individualize you among hundreds of candidates.

What else have you included in your resume? Let us know in the comments!

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How to Make a Resume: Beginner's Writing Guide with Examples

30 min read · Updated on May 22, 2024

Marsha Hebert

Your dream job is one resume away!

Your resume is arguably the most important financial document you'll ever own. And before you think, “Yeah – right” let's consider for a moment. Without a resume, you don't get the job, so you can't pay bills, support a family, go to the big game, have that weekend trip, or plan for retirement. Your resume is the doorway to your future, so let's make sure it's perfect.

Part of making it perfect is remembering that it's a targeted career marketing document – not a chronicle of your life. So, how do you write a resume? In this beginner's writing guide, we'll show you how to make a resume and provide examples of what each section should look like. 

Grab a cup of coffee and strap in, because you're about to learn everything you need to know about how to make a new resume!

Table of contents:

The purpose of a resume

Avoid rejection by the ATS

What is your career target?

Build your personal brand, what should your resume look like, how to make a resume – the layout.

How long does it take to put together a resume?

A major resume no-no: typos

How to make your resume more professional

Theory in practice – resume examples

The most basic purpose of a resume is to sell your skills , achievements , and qualifications to prospective employers. This one document can financially make or break you. Let's take a quick look at what being unemployed costs you per day (assuming a five-day workweek):

If you make $40,000 per year, you lose about $155 every day that you're out of work

If you make $50,000 per year, you lose about $190 every day that you're out of work

If you make $75,000 per year, you lose about $288 every day that you're out of work

If you make $100,000 per year, you lose about $385 every day that you're out of work

Clearly, finding out how to make a resume for a job is critical so that you can properly sell your skills, qualifications, experiences, and achievements to prospective employers. 

The job market is tough and highly competitive; you have to stand out in a sea of qualified candidates by creating a compelling narrative that tells a story of value, keeping in mind that your resume is supposed to do a few things for you:

Introduce you to a new company

Underscore how your experiences and education are relevant

Showcase how your skills and competencies will benefit the new company's team

Win interviews

Avoid rejection by the ATS 

What do you know about applicant tracking systems? Job seeking can be compared to throwing your resume into a black hole. You can go through 100 listings on any job search website and complete the online application with zero results. 

Ever had that happen? It's okay, it happens to everyone at some point or another! 

The problem is that you're probably not putting the correct keywords into your resume. When you hit “Submit” on an online application, it isn't magically emailed to the hiring manager. 

Oh, no! 

It goes through a computer system that scans your resume for specific keywords that can be found in the job description posted by the company. And, just so you know, approximately 90% of companies use ATS scans , including everything from mom-and-pop shops to Fortune 500 companies. 

The companies use these programs because they just don't have time for a human to go through all the resumes they receive. Depending on the job opening, a company can get between  250 and 500 applicants . Can you imagine being the person who has to sift through all those resumes? 

Here is where the ATS steps in. It's designed to weed through candidates to narrow the applicant pool, so that the human hiring manager has a more reasonable resume load to go through. It ranks the remaining candidates in order based on how much of a match they are for the position that's open. 

Being overlooked by the ATS is one of the number one reasons job seekers get ghosted by companies.

Once your resume makes it through the ATS and gets into the hands of a hiring manager, don't think they're going to sit down and read each one. Who has that kind of time? You should expect that the first round of resume sorting will consist of them flipping through the stack to pick the ones that stand out within about 6 seconds of glancing at them. 

PRO TIP: Put your resume on a table, stand up, and look at it from a little distance. Is it eye-catching? Can you tell the position you're seeking just by glancing at it? Set a timer if you have to, but no more than 10 seconds.

Speaking of eye-catching, don't make the same mistake as a lot of your rival job seekers by being too generic with your resume. It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that being non-specific will open doors to more opportunities. The problem is that the hiring manager won't be able to tell exactly where you'll fit within their organization. 

The first step in winning an interview is being sure that your resume actually makes it into the hands of a human being at the company you apply to. Start by defining what you want to do.

So the first, and most important, step in crafting the perfect resume is to narrow down your target career path. The more specific you are with this first step, the more response you'll receive from hiring managers because they'll be able to tell exactly how you fit within their organization. There are four areas to focus on as you begin to chart your career path:

Industry: Do you want to work in private sector, nonprofit, government, or public roles?

Geography: This one is more in-depth than choosing rural vs urban. It also includes whether you want to work in a dynamic or static environment.

Company size: You may not think it, but having an idea about whether you want to work in a small company or one with thousands of employees is important. 

Role: Saving the best for last, you have to know what position you want.

On the surface, it may seem like these things are only important for the job search aspect of landing a new position, but you have to know what voice to write your resume in, too. Part of that is knowing your audience. When you understand your audience, you can build a personal brand that resonates with what they're looking for in a new staff member.

Now that you've gotten your target career path nailed down, the next step is to brand you. Think of yourself as a product and your resume is the packaging. Companies spend a lot of time on their branding and packaging - you have to do the same thing.

The best place to start is with a  career assessment . Taking one of these tests can help you to identify your strengths, what sets you apart from others, and key themes of your professional identity. Just like Nike and Coca-Cola have timeless taglines and catchphrases that succinctly define what they have to offer to consumers, your personal brand has to tell a concise, yet compelling, story. This is where your resume comes in.

Your resume isn't just a piece of paper you give to a hiring manager or upload to a website that says, “I'm interested in this job.” Your resume is a personal marketing tool. You shape that tool with words that describe your experiences and achievements, to impress and grab the attention of the hiring manager. 

Unlike Nike's “Just Do It” phrase, your personal brand isn't something you build and forget. It is fluid and should be revisited and refined as you gain new skills, experiences, and achievements. Weave the elements of your brand into every section of your resume.

There is a common misconception that entry-level resumes look different than executive resumes. The reality is that the only difference is how much content is available to write about. 

Obviously, someone who has little to no experience will have a  short resume  – generally one page. 

When you start to get up to 10 years of experience, then you've earned the second page, so go ahead and use it. 

It's not incremental though

Just because you have 20 years of experience doesn't mean you can have a three-page resume. As you work through how to make a resume, remember that a three-page resume should be avoided, unless you have a lot of career extras like publications, research, patents, publications, or public speaking engagements to talk about. 

Other than the number of pages, your resume should use the same format and layout no matter if you're applying to a job as someone fresh out of college or seeking to be the CEO of a company. 

Chronological resume 

The  reverse-chronological  is the most popular, traditional, and well-known resume format. Its focus is placed on achievements from your career history and is defined by listing your work history starting with your current or most recent job and working backward 10-15 years. 

Employers like this type of resume because it tells them what, when, and where you worked. It's best to use this if your work history is steady and shows growth and development. If you're looking to make a career change, have had frequent job changes, or if you're seeking your first job, this may not be the best format to use.

Pro Tip: You could also get lost in the ATS if your  resume is over-designed . Many resume writers will tell you that you need to stand out in the sea of sameness by adding some personality to your resume through design. While that's true, you need to avoid heavily formatted resumes which are often rejected by computer scanners as being illegible.

Functional resume 

This resume type focuses more on skills and experiences rather than on your work history. It's more of a “what you know and how you apply that knowledge” than a simple list of where you got the knowledge. It plays down gaps in work history and makes frequent job changes less noticeable. If it isn't done properly, though, it can be confusing for the hiring manager to read and understand. There's also a bit of a stigma behind it, because employers know that job seekers use this style to downplay job-hopping. So, the first thing they do when they get a functional resume is check employment dates. If you can avoid using this style, it's best to do so.

Combination resume 

There is another resume format that focuses on skills first and then experience last. It's the combination resume, which is sometimes called a hybrid resume. This is the most complex resume type and the best resume for mid-career professionals who are transitioning into another career or for people who have special skills and a strong track record of accomplishments. These types of resumes do take a long time to read and some hiring managers won't take the time unless they're looking to fill a hard-to-fill position.

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae (CV) is Latin and means “course of life.” It's a little different from a resume, but some positions require a CV over a resume. The first thing you would notice is that a CV is significantly longer than a resume.  A resume is a self-branding document meant to portray your experience and achievements in a concise and easy-to-read format. A CV goes much further into the depth of your education and accomplishments (think publications, awards, and honors) and even has a section for you to include "Areas of Interest."

The best way to describe a CV is that it's a career biography. The biggest significant difference is that a CV is arranged chronologically in a way that gives a complete overview of your full working career. It also doesn't change based on the career or position for which you're applying.


To make things easier for the hiring manager to digest the content of your resume, it should be laid out in a specific way to ensure that the right information is in the right place. 

Hiring managers don't  READ  resumes. They skim through until they find something that piques their interest and then they stop to read

Contact information


Professional summary , core competencies, experience , education and credentials , awards, certificates, and volunteer work .

Since the reverse-chronological resume is the one that the majority of people will use to apply for jobs, and because it's the format that hiring managers want to see, we'll focus this article on showing you how to make a resume using that style. 

Current contact information 

Location | Phone | Email | LinkedIn | Portfolio (if applicable)

You can be creative and use bold font in your  contact information  and even put a border under it to separate it from the body of your resume. 

  • Name: Be sure to list your name the same across all professional documents (e.g., resume, cover letter, thank you note, LinkedIn profile). Don't get hung up with whether to use your legal name (i.e. the name on your birth certificate or driver's license). Write your name in the manner you want people to address you. Also, if you use any abbreviated credentials after your name (e.g. Jane Smith, MD), remember to include them on all professional documents.  You can also include any shortened versions of your name in quotations (e.g. Christopher "Chris" Smith). Just make sure to list it the same way everywhere you put your name.
  • Address: It is no longer customary to include your full address on your resume. There have been instances of discrimination against job seekers based on their address. As far as your address is concerned, all you need is the City, State, and Zip Code. A lot of people leave off the Zip Code; however, hiring managers can query the ATS for all resumes within a radius of a Zip Code. If you exclude the Zip Code or put something like, "Greater New York Metro Area," your resume won't be included in the query.
  • Phone and email: Put the telephone number and email address where you can easily be reached. Also, be sure that your email address is professional. Using something like [email protected] just won't cut it. The best idea is to use some form of your name. If you're paranoid about having your name in your email address, then you can use some form of the type of position you seek, like [email protected].
  • LinkedIn URL: You don't have to spell out the entire URL on the contact line. You can put the words “LinkedIn URL” and hyperlink those words. Before you include your LinkedIn URL, be sure that your LinkedIn profile is optimized for the career you want - because you can bet if they have access to it, the hiring manager will look at it. 
  • Portfolio: If you're applying for a position like Graphic Designer or Software Designer, you may have a portfolio of work that you want to make available to someone reviewing your application for employment. Include a hyperlink to the portfolio in your contact information. 
  • Headshot / photo: There is no reason to include a  headshot on your resume . Actually, it's seen as taboo and could be the thing that gets your resume rejected, because the hiring manager might assume you think you can get the job based on your looks. However, there are some exceptions, like if you're applying to be a model or actor. 

Do you want a hiring manager to be able to tell immediately what type of candidate you are? Put a title at the top of your resume. Center the text on the line, put it in bold font, and put a blank space above and below. The white space and the small amount of words will help it to jump off the page and immediately be noticed. It will also be the first step in helping you stand out in the sea of sameness.

Also, be sure the title on your resume mirrors the title on the job description that you're applying to, but add a bit of panache to it so that it's not too boring. For example, instead of writing “Financial Services Associate,” write “Client-Centric Financial Services Associate Dedicated to Customer Engagement and Revenue Growth.” Just remember to keep it on one line. 

The very next thing on the page should always be your Professional Summary. But how do you write a summary for a resume?

It's a three to five-sentence statement about you. Where you've been in your career, where you're going, and how you'll use your experience to get there. 

While the professional summary is sometimes referred to as the resume objective , you must remember that the days of writing a  resume objective are dead . Never, ever include an objective on your resume. They are a waste of space and don't relay any information that markets you as the best candidate for an open position. 

Let's take a look at an example of each:

Sales Representative seeking a challenging position that will use my skills and provide opportunities for growth in a dynamic and rewarding company. 

As you can see, the objective is very inward-facing and only talks about what you want out of your career. It provides no value to the hiring manager and eliminates any possibility for them to be able to tell what you bring to the table for them. 

Professional Summary:

Ambitious sales professional offering 10+ years' experience in customer retention and aggressive revenue growth. Conquers goals and quotas through a keen awareness of the human buying motive that allows for quickly overcoming objections. Used historical data and consumer trends to reach new customers and grow territory by 24%. Innate ability to work independently or as a member of a cross-functional team.

The best use of resume space is to write a summary of your career. The effectiveness of this summary comes from the fusing of three things:

Relevant keywords – customer retention, revenue growth, and quotas 

Hard and soft skills – overcoming objections and working independently

An achievement – 24% territory growth

With this professional summary, the hiring manager will be able to tell in an instant what you have to offer their team. 

Even though the skills section of your resume is small, it packs a powerful punch! The skills you list in this section highlight your key abilities and show potential employers what you bring to the table. 

It should contain approximately 12 ATS-friendly keywords and phrases that align with the keywords in the job description. Meaning, this is a fluid section that will need to be  tailored to every job  that you apply to. Technically speaking, your entire resume should be customized to align with each job description. That's one thing that will help you get past the ATS. 

Be sure to include a good mix of  hard and soft skills  because prospective employers not only want to know that you can perform the tasks related to your job (hard skills), but they also want to gain a clear understanding of how you'll fit within the culture of the company (soft skills). 

Tips for building your Core Competencies section:

Include skills that are relevant to the job that you're applying to

Avoid creating a laundry list of everything you know how to do – be selective so that the section is more impactful

Group similar competencies together using categories – technical skills, soft skills, and languages

Prioritize your top skills based on their relevance to the job you want

Update frequently

Be consistent with the formatting

Here is a sample Core Competencies list that contains both hard and soft skills:

Core Competencies

Project Management | Data Analysis | Cross-Functional Collaboration | Digital Marketing Strategy | Python Programming | Customer Relationship Management (CRM) | Negotiation | Team Leadership | Business Development | Financial Modeling | Articulate Communication

This section is meant to show how your career history lends itself to the skills you have that make you the perfect candidate for a given job. There are some general rules of thumb on how to make a resume with a great professional experience section:

Don't go further back than 10 to 15 years

Use no more than 3 to 5 bullets per work listing

Incorporate at least 5 measurable achievements per 10 years of experience (the more the better)

Use stacking for companies where you held more than one role

10-15 Years

The 10-15 years of experience is the most relevant – you can list more than that, but avoid using bullet points for roles over 10 years old. Begin by listing your most recent position first and work your way backward to your oldest position, within that 10-15-year range. If you have 30 years of experience, you can use achievements or skills you learned during that time as talking points during the interview. Listing those older experiences on your resume will only dilute the content.

As you write out your bullet points, keep two words in mind: “so what?” The hiring manager is going to be thinking it, you might as well be thinking it, too. Every time you write something on your resume, think, “So what? Why am I writing this? What value will it bring to my new employer? Will this be THE THING that lands me an interview?"


Remove “Responsible for…” from your resume-writing vocabulary. That's because it's crucial that you talk about what you achieved, instead of just what your responsibilities were. Let's face it, there are a lot of things that people are “responsible for” that never get done. So, be sure to talk about things you actually accomplished, as that will be the proof the hiring manager needs to take the next step and call you for an interview.

1. Use numbers whenever possible

The best way to call attention to your career accomplishments is to use numbers. Numbers add credibility to your claims and provide a clear picture of what you bring to the table. 

Don't write this:

  • Conducted cold calls to expand client base

Write this instead:

  • Increased sales by 15% by making approximately 20 cold calls per day to expand the client base

The latter makes an unmistakable assertion that you had a positive impact, not only in your role but on the company as a whole. You can take it a step further and talk about things like problem-solving skills and how you addressed challenges to lead to team success. These types of  soft skills are highly valued by employers  and could be the thing that lands you an interview.

PRO TIP: Use the  CAR method  for building achievement statements into your resume.

2. Use action words to convey accomplishment

A lot of people make the mistake of copying bullet points from the job descriptions of the roles they've held. This practice makes you sound detached from achievements and focuses more on responsibilities. Using passive language is too generic and doesn't allow a hiring manager to see what you'll be able to accomplish in the new role. 

It's better to use action language to show that you're an achiever rather than a doer. Here are some examples of action words you can use on your resume: 

Worked with others: Advised, Aided, Assisted, Chaired, Coached, Collaborated with, Consulted with, Helped, Instructed, Interacted with, Mentored, Motivated, Supported

Communicated: Addressed, Advertised, Answered, Briefed, Corresponded with, Debated, Explained, Facilitated, Informed, Interpreted, Interviewed, Persuaded, Responded to

Analyzed data: Assessed, Appraised, Audited, Calculated, Computed, Estimated, Evaluated, Forecast, Inspected, Measured, Researched, Surveyed, Tested

Operated equipment: Installed, Maintained, Programmed, Ran, Serviced, Used

Worked with money or contracts: Administered, Appropriated, Authorized, Balanced, Controlled, Directed, Enforced, Financed, Funded, Governed, Invested, Monitored, Oversaw, Purchased

Organized something: Arranged, Assembled, Catalogued, Compiled, Coordinated, Itemized, Routed, Scheduled, Stocked, Tracked

Created: Composed, Customized, Designed, Directed, Established, Founded, Illustrated, Originated, Shaped

Researched: Analyzed, Collected, Criticized, Detected, Diagnosed, Evaluated, Tested

How to make your professional experience section: The formula

There's a formula for writing your professional experience section in a way that focuses on achievements. You'll start by asking yourself these questions about every job you've had:

What was the name of the company?

What was the title of your role?

What dates were you employed? (*Hint: use the MM/YYYY format for your dates)

What did you do every day? (*Example: Leveraged management skills to direct operations of 5 separate but concurrent projects by delegating tasks to staff based on employee acumen and monitoring / controlling budgets)

What is one thing you did at the company that you're really proud of?

What is another thing you're really proud of?

What is one more thing you did that you're really proud of?

When you put all of that together, it should look like this:

Company Name | MM/YYYY to Present

Position Title

Balanced competing priorities on multiple and concurrent projects and program management initiatives using data-driven strategies in Agile environments. Managed key accounts, onboarded new accounts, and oversaw organizational process adoption for nursing facilities, emergency departments, and pharmacies.

Developed $2M Provider Incentive Program that increased community provider partnerships

Saved $800K by using Six Sigma skills to implement DMAIC approach

Coached and mentored 2 direct reports, creating an open environment of communication that facilitated future-facing decision-making

Many people will create separate sections for education history and certifications. That's not necessary. You can include all of it in one section. You can also include extras like  relevant coursework , projects, and achievements. These extras can be truly beneficial for your application if you have little to no work experience. 

There are some general rules of thumb for the education section: 

Spell out acronyms (BS, MS, PhD) and school abbreviations

It is no longer customary to include graduation dates unless you're still in school or graduated within the last year

Never include high school, unless you're still in high school - listing high school doesn't say “ I finished high school, ” it says, “ I didn't go to college .” 

List your degree first and then your school, unless you've obtained multiple degrees at the same institution. 

Here's what a regular education section looks like:


Master of Business Administration (MBA) | ABC University

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) | XYZ University

Six Sigma Black Belt | Council for Six Sigma Certification

If you don't have a lot of experience and need to include some relevant coursework or major projects to inject relevant keywords into your resume, then this is what that would look like:

Relevant coursework:  Marketing, Operations Management, Accounting, Corporate Finance

Capstone project:  Let a team of 4 to execute a market analysis project to expand the Brooms and Handles company into new regions. Used market and consumer analysis data to identify gaps and achieve a 15% projected revenue increase and a 20% increase in customer satisfaction within the pilot program. 

You can include educational information about a degree program even if it's still in progress. Here's what that would look like:

Expected completion:  05/2024

Capstone project:  Let a team of 4 to execute a market analysis project to expand the Brooms and Handles company into new regions. Used market and consumer analysis data to identify gaps and achieve a 15% projected revenue increase and a 20% increase in customer satisfaction within the pilot program.

It is important to list what you do outside of work and school. It helps to demonstrate that you're a well-rounded person. 

Were you the president of a fraternity or sorority? 

Did you get involved with showing new students around campus? 

Have you headed a sales team that produced top awards? 

Were you an employee of the month? 

Do you speak multiple languages?

Did you volunteer for an organization?

Did you perform some major research that ended up being published?

All of these extras allow prospective employers a sneak peek into your life outside of work. They can also go a long way to breaking the ice during an interview, especially if something you do outside work is important or interesting to the hiring manager. 

Keep in mind to list only those volunteer positions, projects, or affiliations that are related to your career goals. 

How long does it take to make a resume?

If you're going to use the resume wizard that MS Word has, you can slap your information together in a day or two. It will get to employers. The bad thing is that it probably won't get a whole lot of attention. 

The "just right resume" can take weeks, because of how much background work goes into it. You'll write it, rewrite it, and write it again, and may even have multiple versions. Ultimately, the exact amount of time that goes into putting your resume together depends on your level of experience, how complex your history is, and the specificity of the job you're applying to. 

Entry-level resumes take the least amount of time, simply because there's less information to include

Mid-level resumes take a few days because of the amount of detail in your work history

Executive resumes, or those for specialized positions, can take weeks - especially if you have to do some digging to come up with accomplishments from your previous positions

Updating an existing resume that's well-maintained can be done in just a few hours

While the time spent can seem like a lot, if you're truly marketing yourself for that “just right” position, do you want your resume to say “This was thrown together in a couple of hours using a template” OR do you want it to say “I know this document is important and a significant amount of time was spent on it to make it perfect?”

The first and foremost thing that will get your resume tossed in the garbage can are typos. The number of resumes with errors that are turned in every day to employers across the globe is so astounding that it bears discussing. 

You must proofread your resume!

The major problem with typos and grammatical boo-boos is that your eyes will read what you intended to type. So, after you've read through your resume a few times and think it's perfect, get a friend to read it. Make sure the friend is one of those brutally honest types. It's better to get it back marked all over with bright red ink so you can fix it before you send it out, than to send it out and then realize there's a mistake in it.

How to make your resume seem more professional

Lazy words: Do you see words like "etc" or “other duties as required” on your resume? Delete them immediately. If you take shortcuts in the language of your resume, hiring managers will wonder if you'll be taking shortcuts at work. 

Cookie cutter resumes: Your resume has to stand out. Because of that, you should avoid throwing something together that you find a sample of online. Make it yours, make it represent you. Many people rely on the resume wizard that comes loaded with MS Word and, while that is a good tool to use to help you remember the sections to include, it shouldn't be the end-all-and-be-all of your resume design. 

Specificity: You've had three jobs in the last 10 years and you've listed every detail of everything you've done during your tenure at those jobs. That makes you a Jack (or Jackie) of all trades, but a master of nothing. You have to be specific to the job for which you're applying. What value do you bring to that employer for that job? What achievements can you highlight?

Tailoring: Considering the rampant use of ATS by companies big and small, you have to take the time to customize your resume so that it gets past those scanners. Remember to use relevant keywords from the job descriptions throughout your resume. 

PRO TIP: You can check to see how to make your resume better! Have it checked against an ATS and get a free, personalized, and  professional resume review . 

Theory in practice – 10 resume examples

It's one thing to have someone tell you how to make a resume, it's another thing to see an example – proof that all of this information can come together in a practical way that makes sense. 

1. Software Engineer resume example

Click here for an example of a Software Engineer resume.

2. Data Scientist resume example

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3. Cybersecurity resume example

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Now you know how to make a resume for your next job!

It may seem like it takes a lot of work to make a good resume, but if you've followed along this far there are a few things that should be ingrained in you that will help you write a professional resume:

Know what you want to do – be specific

Make your resume with the right format 

Use a standard layout, whether you are writing your first resume or 50th

Use action words to make your resume stand out

Quantify your achievements to prove that you have what it takes to succeed in a new role

Tailor your new resume to each job

Double and triple-check for errors, typos, and grammar mistakes

If you're still unsure how to make a perfect resume, TopResume has you covered. Our team of  professional resume writers  has the know-how and experience to write a resume for you that will win interviews.

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How to Write a Resume with No Experience

Writing a resume with no experience isn't impossible! Here's how to use internships, volunteer work, projects, and more to fill your resume.

By Katie Duncan Updated on June 20, 2023

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Looking to create a compelling resume but don’t have a wealth of professional experience under your belt?

It’s a common dilemma faced by many, and we’re here to help you navigate it. Don’t let a lack of work history discourage you. There are several creative ways to demonstrate your potential to prospective employers.

In this article, we’ll break down:

  • Organizing your resume without work experience
  • What you can put on your resume in lieu of work experience
  • General tips to keep in mind when writing your resume

How to fill the experience void on your resume

Your resume is a platform to highlight your abilities and potential, even if you don’t have traditional work experience.

If you have never held a job before, you can substitute the following things for work experience:

Internships or apprenticeships

  • Self-employment experience

Volunteer or pro-bono work

Extracurricular clubs and activities.

  • Projects that you’ve completed through school or other organizations

Let’s take a closer look at each of these.

Even if you weren’t paid, don’t leave out any internships or apprenticeships you’ve completed. Be sure you include the company name , your role or title , the duration of your work , and any relevant experience you gained.

How to include internship experience on your resume in lieu of work experience.

Self-employed job experience 

Perhaps you feel like you don’t have any job experience because you’ve never worked in a traditional office setting. If you’re new to the workforce but have some experience with self-employment with jobs like babysitting or mowing lawns, it’s worth mentioning! 

Be sure to include the job , time period in which you did the job, and a brief description of the skills used while doing the job. Focus on the skills that are pertinent to the role that you are applying for. 

How to include self-employed experience on your resume in lieu of work experience.

Volunteering or taking on pro-bono work can show employers that you are driven, passionate, and take initiative to make a difference in your community. 

To showcase your volunteer experience, write the name of the organization , location , and the time period of your service . You can also include relevant tasks that you completed during your time volunteering. 

How to include volunteer experience on your resume in lieu of work experience.

Do you participate in activities or belong to any organizations outside of what you listed under the education section? You can describe those here. 

Similar to the other experience types, make sure to include the name of the organization , your role or title (if applicable), the dates that you were involved , and any relevant experience you gained from it. 

How to include extracurricular experience on your resume in lieu of work experience.

Notable projects for college, your extracurricular club, or internships can be included as work experience if it is relevant to the job you are applying for. 

Digital portfolios are a great way to showcase projects you’ve completed. If you plan on relying heavily on this type of experience, be sure to build a website or blog that spotlights your best work. Include a web address to the portfolio in your contact section.

How to include project experience on your resume in lieu of work experience.

How to organize your resume

Building a well-structured resume is key to success in your job search, no matter how much experience you have. This involves being clear about what you want to communicate and how you plan to do it. While there are countless free resume templates online that can serve as a guide for design and formatting, it’s your unique content that will make you stand out.

Essential resume categories

At a minimum, your resume should include the following categories.

Contact information

This is pretty straightforward. Ensure that employers have a way to reach you by including your phone number and email address. In today’s digital age, you don’t need to include your physical address unless specifically requested.

Be sure to add links to your professional social media accounts or portfolio, especially if they are relevant to the job you’re seeking.

Contact Information to Include on Your Resume

Academic history

With no work experience, your academic history becomes even more important. Start by listing your most recent education first and work backward in reverse-chronological order.

Be sure to include:

  • Degree earned
  • Your major or concentration
  • Years attended

If you’re still in school, mention your expected graduation date. Additionally, highlight any relevant activities, clubs, or honors you received during your academic journey.

Your skills can be divided up into two categories: hard skills and soft skills. 

Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills

Hard skills are specific skills that are measurable and easily defined. Examples of hard skills include computer and software skills, the ability to speak a foreign language, and writing skills. All of these can be judged by proficiency level. Many times, hard skills are industry or job-specific, and some employers will have hard skill requirements. (e.g. “ You must be proficient in Microsoft Excel. ”) 

Soft skills, on the other hand, are much harder to define or measure. They are often attributes that aren’t specific to a role or industry— but are important nonetheless. Examples of soft skills include good leadership skills, problem-solving abilities, project management skills, and adaptability. There’s no exact way to measure these, but employers will want to see what self-developed characteristics you hold.  

Other certifications

If you have any other relevant certifications or coursework done outside of school, you can highlight those in their own category.

Optional categories

These are some additional categories that you may choose to include if it is pertinent to the role you are applying for.

Awards and achievements

Any honors or awards you’ve received outside of school can be listed here. This might include community service awards, scholarships, or competition wins.

Hobbies and interests

Including your hobbies isn’t a requirement, but it can add a personal touch to your resume and show that your interests align with the company’s values. However, only include this section if your hobbies are relevant to the job you’re applying for.

Some jobseekers choose to list their references on the front of their resumes. However, it is usually best to save valuable space and instead simply write “References available upon request” at the bottom of your resume.

Read more: How long should a resume be?

Tips for writing a resume

Before we go, we wanted to share a few general tips to keep in mind when writing your resume.

1. Be honest.

If you are having trouble filling up space on your resume, you may be tempted to stretch the truth about what you’ve done so far in your career. Don’t do this. 

Many hiring managers— especially ones hiring for entry-level positions— understand that many applicants won’t have a ton of work history. It’s always better to be truthful than to lie!

2. Cater your resume to the job you’re applying for.

While it’s easy to write one resume and send it in with every job you apply for, it’s important to craft your resume to match the job you’re applying for. 

The best way to do this is to read the job description carefully and make sure that you demonstrate that you meet those qualifications in your resume.

For example, if the employer has a list of requirements like software knowledge, make sure that you include that in your hard skills. If customer service skills are a must for the position, be sure to mention instances where you successfully interacted with customers during your internship, volunteer experience, etc. 

3. Keep it professional.

Remember, your resume is often an employer’s first impression of you. You can keep it professional by:

  • Using a professional email address: If your email address is something like [email protected] or [email protected], consider creating a new account with a more professional name.
  • Using a professional font : Your resume isn’t the place for a fun, crazy font. When in doubt, stick to classics like Times New Roman.
  • Getting someone to proofread before you submit: Having an extra pair of eyes look over your resume can help you catch any mistakes or typos. 

4. Use resume buzzwords words.

When describing relevant experiences, projects, or tasks that you completed, use resume buzz words . These power words are vocabulary choices that help you stand out. 

For example, instead of saying that you “ did marketing tasks ”, you can say that you “ designed, developed, and executed large-scale marketing campaigns”. By using the words designed, developed, and executed, you paint a better picture of what exactly you did. 

Land the job you want

Your resume is a tool that can help you land the job you want. Remember to take your time when creating your resume. A well-thought-out resume with no job experience listed can stand out far above an applicant with job experience but a hastily written document.


How to Write a Resume With No Experience

How to write a résumé with zero work experience.

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So you just graduated high school or college and you are ready to enter the workforce to become a productive member of society. You've chosen your career path and are excited to finally see those four long years of all-nighters pay off.

The only problem is that you have never worked a day in your life. Your résumé looks like a barren wasteland, and if it even makes it to the hiring manager's desk they will be sure to see tumbleweeds.

So the question is, "How can you write an effective résumé with ZERO work experience?"

A simple Google search will result in generic résumé tips like, "prove yourself" or "find the sweet spot." These tips are unspecific and provide little value when it comes to actually sitting down and writing out your résumé.

Instead, here are three actionable tips that will actually help you write a résumé without any professional experience.

Top Resume Mistakes

1. Begin With a Career Objective

Let me begin by saying that the career objective receives a lot of criticism for being antiquated and damaging to your résumé. This is due to the fact that the purpose of the career objective is misunderstood. The purpose of the career objective is not to tell the hiring manger what you hope to get out of the company. Rather, the purpose of the career objective is to showcase your skills and abilities that will help you to successfully fulfill the responsibilities of the position.

With that being said, a career objective is great for résumés that lack professional experience because it emphasizes your character and personality traits that make you the right fit for the position. Starting your résumé off with the characteristics that make you valuable to the company will help to snag the attention of the hiring manager.

Here are two examples of how a recent high school or college graduate might compose their career objective:

High School Grad Career Objective:

"Hardworking high school student (3.6/4.0 GPA) with exceptional interpersonal and research skills. Seeking to use my abilities to successfully fulfill the [Position] at your company. My enthusiasm to learn new skills quickly will help your company meet its milestones."

This is a strong career objective because it showcases the applicant's traits that will be valued by the company. Also, if your GPA is above a 3.0, then be sure to include it in your objective, as it will help catch the eye of the hiring manager.

College Graduate Career Objective:

"Recent graduate (3.5/4.0 GPA) with a BA in [Field of Study]. Looking to leverage my experience in student government and the honors society to effectively meet the requirements of [Position] at your company. An enthusiastic worker aspiring to help achieve company goals and take on more responsibility."

If you are a college graduate, then you should add the degree you obtained and your GPA (if above 3.0) to your career objective. In addition, describe any provable traits or experiences that are relevant to the position you are applying for. In the sample above, the applicant mentions their experience in student government where they are likely to have gained leadership and management skills.

Finally, when writing your career objective try to find skills or traits that the employer emphasizes in the job description. If you add these qualities in your career objective, your résumé will definitely catch the eye of the employer.

2. Expand Your Education Section

For the seasoned professional, the education of their résumé is often very compact and is a means to prove you have a degree. Most professional résumés will only include the name of the school, name of the major, graduation date, and GPA in the education section.

However for an applicant without professional experience, the education section of the résumé should be strengthened in order to make up for the lack of paid experience. To reinforce your education section consider adding:

  • GPA (if above 3.0)
  • Clubs you participated in
  • Academic Awards/Honors
  • Relevant coursework
  • Publications

By expanding your education section, an applicant without professional experience is still able to effectively highlight their skills and qualities. Also, by adding your participation in clubs and athletics, you exhibit your potential to be an enthusiastic team player to the employer. Including your academic awards and relevant coursework conveys to the employer your work ethic and knowledge relevant to the position.

An issue for some applicants is that they have a hard time thinking of the activities they participated in or just weren't that active in school. In this case focus more on your relevant coursework. For more ideas on what to include, check out these education section tips . Although it may take some brainstorming, extending the education section is crucial to the success of a résumé without professional work experience.

3. Add a Major Achievements Section

While at school did you participate in student government, organize an event, present a project at a conference, volunteer, or write for the school paper? If so, then adding a major achievements section would greatly benefit your résumé.

A major achievements section can act as an extension of your educational experience and helps to fill space on your résumé. The structure of major achievements is similar to that of a professional experience section. In this section your activities are treated as professional jobs, but because they were unpaid and for school they fall under the heading "major achievements." For each activity, list a few points that detail the responsibilities you had within each organization.

Here are a few example points for someone who participated in student government:

  • Organized 5 school dances within a budget over the course of one year.
  • Raised student body complaints and issues with school administrators.
  • Designed an anti-bullying campaign to raise awareness of the harmful effects of bullying on our peers.

The points above help to communicate the applicant's ability to organize, act as a leader, and resolve problems. Formatting your achievements like the sample above encourages the hiring manager to overlook the fact that the applicant lacks professional experience. For some more ideas on how to structure your major achievements section, take a look at this high school résumé sample and college graduate résumé sample .

There is no need to fear the lack of professional experience on your résumé. Follow the tips above, and you will have a résumé that compensates for the lack of experience and gets you the interview. As a final tip, writing a strong cover letter is also a great way to make up for the absence of professional experience and help to complement your résumé. Good luck on your job hunt!

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  • Irina Cozma

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A good resume can set you apart and help you land that interview.

Understanding the common mistakes job candidates make on resumes, and how to overcome them, can set you apart from your competitors. The first mistake is including irrelevant work experience. Instead, only add roles that are relevant to the position you’re applying for. The second is customizing your resume. While it’s in your benefit to adjust your resume to better match the job description, over-tuning your resume for every application can be a waste of time — and end up slowing down your search. This is especially true if you’re focused on securing a particular position that has a standard job title like “marketing coordinator” or “sales associate.” The third is overdesigning your resume. Recruiters only spend a few seconds scanning it, so keep the format simple and straightforward. The fourth is coming off as a novice. For example, don’t use an ancient email address — update it to something that sounds more professional, and give your resume a specific name so it’s easier to identify.

Resumes. Love them or hate them, you will probably need one when you apply for a job. The resume has a specific tactical role to play in your search — to get you the interview. You need to make sure it checks a few boxes to do that work because, even if you take advantage of your network, sooner or later, you will need to share your resume with the hiring manager.

  • Irina Cozma , Ph.D., is a career and executive coach who supports professionals to have better career adventures. She coached hundreds of Fortune 500 executives from global organizations like Salesforce, Hitachi, and Abbott. Irina also coaches startups and the Physicians MBA at the University of Tennessee. Download her free career guide to help you prepare for your next career adventure.

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How To Make A Resume If You’ve Never Had A Job: 7 Tips

A functional resume, unlike a chronological or hybrid resume, emphasizes your skills, life experiences, and education in relation to a certain industry or career path. Here is a quick guide on how to make a resume if you’ve never had a job.

If you have no job experience, this type of resume is ideal for demonstrating how well you would fit the position while also showing why you’re the finest candidate for it with your special set of talents.

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A Detailed Guide On How to Make A Resume If You’ve Never Had A Job

It’s difficult enough to find a job and so is how to make a resume if you’ve never had a job! Landing a new position without prior employment experience may seem almost impossible. The good news is that it isn’t. Everyone who has ever worked had to be hired without prior work experience at some time. So, if you’ve never worked before, what should you include in your CV?

Prepare Before You Write

A generic, standard resume may be spotted from a mile away by recruiters and hiring managers, which is why it’s critical to select a specific job or firm and construct a custom CV. Everything should be relevant to the target position, from your introduction to the abilities you choose to highlight.

Take careful note of the job description’s keywords and requirements. Then, look up the firm on the internet to learn more about its aim, structure, and client base. Concentrate on expressing the abilities required to connect with the company’s target demographic, as well as how you would do it if you’re hired.

How To Make A Resume If You’ve Never Had A Job: Decide On A Format

how to make a resume if you've never had a job

With a guide on how to make a resume if you’ve never had a job, creating one will be a walk in the park for you. Chronological, functional, and hybrid resumes are the most popular today: a chronological resume features work experience in reverse chronology, while a functional resume highlights skills rather than dates of employment. A chronological resume arrangement puts a candidate’s work history in reverse chronological order.

A job resume format that focuses on showcasing abilities and accomplishments rather than work experience is referred to as a functional resume. While the functional resume style may be appealing to candidates with little expertise, most employers would prefer a chronological or hybrid CV structure. Whatever type of CV you choose, make sure it is consistent throughout the document.

Focus On Education And Skills

In place of a work experience section, you should expand and emphasize your education on your CV to show the abilities you’ve acquired.

What can you do well that this position needs? What will be beneficial to the company? What have you done in school and what have You learned from the course that will help you with this job?

This is typically simpler if you’re a college graduate with specialist training, but even a high school graduate may discuss their electives and curriculum-based learning.

Create A Powerful Professional Summary

how to make a resume if you've never had a job

Today’s job seekers are looking for ways to highlight their skills and experience in a tight timeframe. Objective statements have been replaced by concise summaries of your abilities and expertise in relation to the position you’re interested in. How to make a resume if you’ve never had a job may be a constant worry, however, What would you say if you had only 30 seconds to talk about why you deserved to interview for an open position alone in a room? This is what you should communicate in the summary portion of your resume .

Do you no longer need a cover letter because of this? Certainly not. Consider your summary as a shortened version of your cover letter in which you can explain what you have to offer and why you’re the ideal applicant. Use short phrases like “customer-focused” or “high work ethic” to quickly convey your strengths to the reader.

Highlight Core Qualifications

A functional resume focuses on your abilities rather than your work experience, so it should draw the reader’s attention to this part of your application. When researching how to make a resume if you’ve never had a job, it is safe to inquire from multiple professionals. Also when creating an ability section on the resume, consider separating it from the rest of the resume style in a table or sidebar for reference. Hard skills are measurable and should be regarded as a benefit to potential employers. The more detailed you can be, the better.

A newly minted information technology graduate may describe his or her strengths as fluent PHP, Java, and C++ programming skills, while the soft skills he or she possesses include a motivated team player, good organizational skills, and a performance-driven work ethic.

A candidate for a bakery job might describe exact abilities such as wedding cake design, commercial baking equipment knowledge, and high-volume baked product production. A baker’s soft skills may include the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and dedication to food safety.

Volunteer Work Or Extracurricular Activities

Wondering how to make a resume if you’ve never had a job? Only list extra-curricular activities and hobbies if they are relevant to the job, and if they have given you transferable skills that would be beneficial for the role. According to most companies, volunteer experience such as being a soup kitchen volunteer is taken into account with paid employment experience.

how to make a resume if you've never had a job

So any volunteer work that demonstrates your talents or teaches you a new skill should be listed on your CV. Only include extracurricular activities and hobbies if they are relevant to the position and help you demonstrate transferable skills useful for the job function.

Keywords Are Key

To scan and sort resumes, many organizations use an applicant tracking system (ATS). This may appear to be unfair, but it is the reality of today’s job market. To fight back against this, when applying for any position, you should include a list of keywords in your CV.

The best place to look for these terms is in job advertisements or similar employment ads. One warning: Avoid using meaningless, annoying “buzzwords,” such as “go-getter,” “team player,” and “detail-oriented.” Unfortunately, in some cases, the only keywords listed in an ad are meaningless buzzwords. If that’s the case, you’ll need to include them somewhere else in your CV.

How To Make A Resume If You’ve Never Had A Job: Never Include

How to make a resume if you’ve never had a job? Here are a few things you should never include on your resume because they take up unnecessary space, tell the employer nothing relevant, or could harm your personal brand.

Great employment references, writing samples, and photographs of yourself are all examples of what could be included on your resume. Do not include this information on your resume unless a prospective employer or recruiter requests it.

Make certain you’re not utilizing an unprofessional email address, and that it’s not a personal email address. When you were younger, “[email protected]” may have sounded fantastic, but it isn’t the correct message to send to potential employers. It is simple to create a free, attractive email address for your job-search activities using Gmail or other services.

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