Writing a resume without having any work experience does not have to a challenge. Creativity and thinking out of the box always helps. According to Rockport Institute, “Even is you face fierce competition, with a well written resume you should by invited to interview more often than many people more qualified than you.” Answering the following questions can help you to fill the page.
1. Have You Ever Done Any Household Chores Including Yard Work?
Many people don’t think of cleaning and yard work to be a valid work experience, but it is. If you regularly mow the lawn, you have landscaping experience. If you pulled weeds in the garden, you have landscaping experience. If you did the dishes, cleaned the bathroom, or vacuumed the floor you have housekeeping experience.
How do these experiences translate into a resume? The company name will be the family you did the work for including your own family. Write down the number of years you were required to do this work and what you did. For example, I have been a mother for 12 years. I have provided childcare for 12 years. My family can be a reference to the quality of childcare that I have provided.
2. Have You Ever Done any Volunteer Work?
Volunteer work counts as a valid work experience. If you have done any tutoring this also counts as work experience. Put the name of the family you tutored for as the company name.
3. Do You Have Any Hobbies or Interests?
It does not matter whether the hobbies or interests relate to the job. I listed an interest in swimming on a resume and spent 20 minutes out of a 30 minute job interview discussing swimming. The employer felt that my commitment to swimming reflected an ability to be committed to the job. The job had no relation to swimming.
Employers may call you for an interview because of a shared interest or hobby. Remember hiring managers are people and hire people for all sorts of reasons.
3. Have You Received Any Awards?
If you have received any achievements or awards in school, add that to your resume.
In conclusion, everyone has some type of life experiences that can transfer into a work history on a resume. Be creative when writing a resume. The best resume that I have ever seen was in one of the editions of What Color is Your Parachute? It shows a picture of the applicant standing on a tractor. If I remember correctly, he was applying for a tractor sales job.
“How to Write a Masterpiece of a Resume.” Rockport Institute. 24 Aug. 2010. Rockport Institute, LTD. 24 Aug. 2010.