How to build a strong resume or curriculum vitae (CV) with or without working experience!
Either you have years of experience or are just entering into the working environment, being able to write a resume or CV that clearly, neatly, properly, and succinctly describes your experiences is vital.
A lot of people believe that having limited experience defeats the purpose of creating a resume, while people with tons of experience believe that the structure of their resume is unimportant as long as they have the content. False!
Let us go ahead and disregard those myths. The structure of your resume is fundamental whether you are an expert or an amateur in a field. A resume or a curriculum vitae work as a first impression. This is your chance to show how organized, eloquent, attentive to details or requirements of submission, and ardent you are.
To clarify, how ardent you are about your field or interests is not solely measured by where and how much you have worked. An element that a great number of people ignore is the importance of community service and volunteering. You may not be getting paid for the work you are putting in, but you are getting hands on experience and references.
So, if you are going through a phase where it’s hard for you to find a job or get an internship, just volunteer. Below you will find some options:
- If you are in the USA looking to volunteer abroad, check out this article 2018 - 2019 Best Volunteer Abroad Programs, Organizations, & Projects by Sarah Vanderberg.
- For those that do not have the time or the funds to physically attend volunteering opportunities, worry no more, you can also volunteer online. Check out this article 25 Volunteer Jobs to Do from Home by Operation Warm (more than a coat).
- For my readers in Greece, check out this website https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/education/volunteering/index_el.htm that directs you to opportunities in Greece and other European Union countries.
- Use Google to search! Everything is possible by our ability to be connected to the internet 24/7. Use your resources; don’t only check your Instagram notifications.
Another great method to build your resume or curriculum vitae is to attend workshops and seminars. Although most of them cost, you will be surprised to see how many free ones exist that also give you some type of certificate. If you are in the USA, Eventbrite is actually a great search engine for workshops (especially in New York). If you are in Greece, check out Semifind to browse through various categories and options.
Overall, don’t be discouraged by your level of work experience and exposure. Focus on finding different ways of getting hands on experience and not so much on the reward during these early stages of building your resume, cv or career. For those who have a ton of experience, make sure you are paying great attention to the structure of your resume.
Remember, it’s the structure and not the content that gets your resume read! Quality is more important than quantity on that first impression. A resume or cv should trigger the interest of an employer to meet the potential candidate.
Stay tuned for the next blog post on career! We will be discussing how to build a resume and a CV plus the differences between the two! Thank you for reading! Make sure to share your knowledge with others!