A Student Resume requires a different approach that an experienced professional or an executive needs to take. A frequently asked question posed to the The Perfect Resume team, is:
What if the job I am applying for requires proven experience, and I only have minimal to no exposure?
Commonly, this occurs when a candidate is newly qualified, a school leaver or a recent graduate.
The simple answer is:
Highlight and/or exaggerate the relevant transferable skills to make the most of what you've got!
Three sections on your resume are the most important to focus on when this is the issue.
- Your Education section - Ensure your qualifications are listed in a format that is favourable to the ATS.
- Your Skills section - What skills did you learn at school or university that the employer is looking for? Include these!! Even if you haven't had a chance to apply them in a practical sense in the workplace.
- Your Experience section - Include the projects you worked on, demonstrate the skills you can offer and don't forget to add measurable content to give you credibility.