I recommend really focusing on your education and other skills you've acquired in your life. All jobs provide you skills so anything you have done have given you something that can build your resume. Also, I see you are student, really draw on your classes, projects, team work and soft skills to build your resume.
Also, it's never too late to volunteer. There are organizations that take remote assistance and you can even start your own efforts; community food drive, coat drive etc. and donate to a local shelter. Doing so will show leadership, initiative and care for your community.
Take a look at this resume blog for building a profile without job experience.
The US professional resume is 1 paged.
The sections on your resume can be:
1) Header: name, address, phone number, mail, web page or LinkedIn page whichever you prefer
2) Education (schools, degrees, relevant coursework)
3) Experience (academic projects, other projects)
4) Skills (including soft skills)
5) Interests & activities
The section that includes details about your 'Experiences' (academic projects, research projects/experiences, other projects) is 50% or more of your 1 paged resume.
Any competitions where you won award/prize as well as any professional memberships that you might have can also be included.
Hope this helps.
Make sure to get involved in your school and try to hold some leadership positions. Also, there are many online volunteering and certification programs you can do! LinkedIn Learning and Coursera have many great options for you to build your knowledge. These certifications can teach you a lot and can help you add to your resume.
That shouldn't be a problem, because nowadays you've so many platforms offering self-paced virtual internships and courses (free for all) that would prepare your CV within a few weeks. Let me suggest you a few;
- https://www.theforage.com/ It has self-paced virtual internships of renowned companies that you can do in your own time and on your own schedule.
- https://www.coursera.org and https://www.udemy.com/ where hundreds of free courses are available regarding diverse fields. Completing these and putting them in your CV show your will power to learn, even if you've no experience.
I hope it helps! Cheers!
For instance, are you someone who enjoys and excels in a team environment -- brainstorming a solution together, find it more productive and beneficial in a team atmosphere -- or do you operate better alone... Another trait that is useful to employers to know is are you more leadership driven (i.e. type A, strong minded, take charge mentality) or individual player (needs a little more guidance, can do the "grunt work"). These are merely starting places that would tell an employer a lot about how you'd operate in a work environment, and if you can be a viable solution that fits their needs.
Now to do this, look back on your previous 5-10 years and think about when you were a leader, when you were a team player and just "got the job done"... Employers want to hear about you, what you bring to the table to solve a need or issue, and supporting evidence with a story. For example, just saying you are a leader isn't quite enough -- you need to provide concrete examples of a problem, how you attacked it, resolved it, and the leadership attributes that you showed. Hope this helps, good luck.
Deborah D.’s Answer
That being said I would like elaborate on Jon's answer, if I may.
Write it down. Everything you have already done, Anything you helped someone do. Often times we don'y even realize what great talents we have.
I also don't think you should NOT APPLY just because you have no experience. The job market is in transition right now, and employers are looking for good reliable people.
I strongly suggest you get out and do something. When you volunteer you establish a history of being committed to doing the work, showing up, and contributing. Do some walk ins to senior housing, schools, churches, etc. When you do a service for someone, ask for a recommendation, maybe bring a card to them to complete (survey type, a couple of questions; Are you satisfied with the work?)
You can start creating your LinkedIn profile. I know, I know, but it will have all your experience in one place, and you can join groups for networking, and just post it like a statement. Similar to what you asked here. 'I am just starting out building my resume and would be very interested in volunteering for someone who might need some help. I have done, this, and that, and a few other things, and I can help you too"
Employers always want to know what you are doing NOW, If you are active then you are already getting up and going somewhere to do something.They like to see a little extra, as in effort.
It's great to be able to tell people to connect with you on LinkedIn. It is n awesome display of what you have accomplished so far.
I want to wish you the best of luck in you future endeavors.
As a fresh grad/high school grad, many students are on the same boat as you! I started out writing my experiences I've gained in high school/university in different organizations. Furthermore, projects done during your time in school can also be written up in your resume! A lot of entry-level jobs don't require experiences (0-1 years), so you can write up any position you've taken in that field or even demonstrated leadership or that you can handle responsibility! I would also include a cover letter to make your application more personal!