If you are just leaving school or university or you’ve had a big career break then you could find yourself with minimal work experience on your CV and, subsequently, you might struggle for content when writing it.
But don’t worry – there are lots of people in a similar position to you and there are plenty of ways you can bulk-out your CV. Here are some tips from the Jobulo team to help you write a CV with minimal work experience:
Include What You Do Have
It’s quite unlikely that you will have no previous work experience at all. If you’re just leaving school you might have had a job washing dishes at a local restaurant. If you’re just leaving university perhaps you worked in the student union bar and if you have had a career gap then you must have some previous experience you can fill out on your CV. When applying for a role it’s crucial that you personalise your CV and experience to the job role, and even if you only have one or two positions to include you can still do this. Look at the job description of the role you are applying to and pinpoint the key responsibilities of the role and the skills you need to display. Next, look at your own work experience. If your previous roles don’t reflect the same responsibilities then start to think about any skills you used that could be transferrable to the position you are applying to.
The achievements section of your CV can be filled with professional achievements or personal achievements and if you don’t have much work experience, this is a great section to concentrate on to improve your CV content. List down all of your achievements – whether they have been made at work or outside of work. Including all of these will not only help your CV content become more diverse, but it will give you a topic to discuss during a job interview.
Include Your Hobbies
Hobbies are a good way to bulk out your CV and to show a bit of character on it too. Adding your hobbies into your CV demonstrates just what kind of individual you are and what kind of personality you have. This is interesting for an employer to read because not only can it indicate whether you are the right fit for their team, but it can also strike up rapport. If an employer shares a similar hobby to you then they are likely to want to talk about it during a job interview and this can help you to build a relationship with the employer.
If you have spent any time volunteering for charities – whether it was for a long period or a day – note it down on your CV in the work experience section. List down the name of the charity, your role and ensure you make it clear that it was a voluntary position. Listing voluntary work experience can add weight to your CV and can demonstrate key skills and how you have used them in the work place. If you haven’t volunteered why not attempt it? If you’re struggling to find paid work or applying for jobs constantly, you can usually find a voluntary role quite quickly. You could always do this whilst you are applying for jobs as it all helps when it comes to your CV writing.
Internships are a great way to gain experience and build on your key skills. Internships or unpaid work experience are usually offered to candidates of all ages and most companies will cover your expenses. Although you don’t always earn a salary, internships can be a great way of picking up new skills, gaining experience and making industry contacts. If you impress during an internship it could even lead to full-time employment.
If you’re struggling for content on your CV why not put these ideas into practice and boost your chances of securing a full time role.