Note that if you even have an internship, or a part-time job that you’ve worked while going to school, you should use the steps above! Any work experience at all is worth showing on your resume.
However, if you have absolutely ZERO work experience, here’s what to put on your resume… We’re going to follow the sections outlined above, but move #5 (Education) up to #3… so it will be right below your Summary section.
So it will look like this…
1. Name and Contact Info
As mentioned earlier, you should put your full name and professional-looking email address.
Your street address and phone number are optional, but for most people, it makes sense to include those too.
The big exception: If you’re trying to get a job in another state. If so, consider leaving the address off.
2. Summary Section
Even if you have no work experience, you can say something like, “Recent Finance graduate with training in ____ and ____ seeking an opportunity to do ____.”
If you have no work experience, put more information in your Education section.
Were you involved in any clubs/activities at school?
What were some key projects you completed or coursework you did? (Specifically, key projects that related to the jobs you’re applying for now).
Your resume should take up one full page, even if you have no work experience, and your Education section is a place where you want to provide additional detail to fill out the page.
You can list skills that you learned in your studies, or skills you’ve developed on your own.
Only put skills you’re really comfortable talking about and using, because it’s very likely they’ll ask about this in an interview.
If done right, the Skills section can be a powerful tool to help you get more interviews though, for two reasons:
First, it’s a great way to put a lot of relevant keywords onto your resume, so that you get past computerized job application systems.
Second, it’s an easy way to show employers what you know that’s going to help you succeed in their job. Always re-order and re-adjust your Skills section to fit what you think this specific employer wants!
More info on how to do that is coming up, but let’s finish the list first…
5. Community Involvement (Optional)
Any volunteer work or community service you’ve done. This shows employers that you’re enthusiastic and involved in the community, which can help set you apart (while also filling up your resume).
6. Awards/Achievements (Optional — Can be combined with other sections)
If you have no work experience, these would likely be academic achievements. Go ahead and list them underneath your Education section.
So don’t put this as a separate section, but do include awards, achievements and any recognition you received when you write your Education section in Step 3 above.