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How do we create a resume that stands out from other resumes What do we include in a resume and what do we put if we have no prior work experience in a resume??

Tips on what to include if have no prior experience
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What do interviewers look for in a resume
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Karen’s Answer

Suggest identifying your goals briefly at the top of your resume. They should somehow relate to the position for which you are applying. Ok to include things like desire to learn, contribute to the mission and vision of the organization or expand leadership skills.

With no work experience, highlight your volunteer or school activities. If you don't have any volunteer experience, begin today to find a variety of things you can do -- serve meals, help at an event, etc.

Highlight your skills and any additional accomplishments -- team sports participation and wins, scholarships received, involvement in school activities or accolades from key contacts.

With every good wish.
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Magda’s Answer

You already have some great answers presented to you which I agree with wholeheartedly.
Just to add to it - if you are applying for a specific position, make sure that you customize your CV to this position - i.e. if one of the requirements is great communication skills - highlight these skills and give examples of where you used them; it is also great to talk about your achievements that are relating to the job that you are applying for and be creative with the format of your CV to stand out from the crowd - there are some great ready made templates, for example here: https://www.canva.com/.

I also agree that you should utilize your network and also - look out for early in careers opportunities, apprenticeships and/or graduate programs, where there is a good chance you will be assessed based on your skills, learning ability etc. and not necessarily on your CV.

All the best!
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LISHA’s Answer

You want to provide results/quantitative data (#s and % and $). If you have any previous working experience, show how you can be an asset to the position/company.
If you are fresh out of school--highlight your classes, sports activities, volunteer experience, internships, projects you have completed, and their results. If you were a leader of the beta club --How many people did you oversee as the leader? Did you manage budgets for projects or events? How much was the budget?
Also, use relevant keywords about the field you are looking to go into.
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Jerome’s Answer

Completely agree w/ Karen Kitchel.

In addition, a large number of jobs are given to people who know someone at an organization. Utilizing relationships with friends who have jobs may be helpful. If they can put in a good word, you may be able to avoid having a résumé altogether.
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Jodie’s Answer

1. Aesthetically pleasing - try to stand out a bit.
2. Highlight what you did and the impact it had.
3. Be consistent with punctuation.
4. Do not use "I" anywhere in your resume.
5. Have a summary that highlights who you are and what skills you bring to the table.
6. Have a bunch of people proof-read your resume and give you feedback - not just friends but professionals as well.
7. Have a standard resume built, but then tailor it to the role you're applying to.
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Steven’s Answer

When I'm considering a job applicant's resume, I'm looking for some general qualities regardless of the specific job I'm trying to fill.

* When talking about yourself, use active verbs to highlight your experience and accomplishments. Using the same verb tense throughout your resume presents a consistent voice to the reader.
* Carefully proof-read your resume and have someone else that you admire as a writer look at it as well before submitting it. Typos, grammar mistakes and inconsistent formatting indicate a lack of attention to detail, so try to avoid that.
* Rather than giving a list of daily tasks, talk about your accomplishments in a previous role. This could be special projects you worked on that were successful or suggestions you made while working as a team that helped everyone in the group. Use specific percentages or volumetric numbers to quantify your accomplishments.
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