Most Employers rely on the Job Seeker’s CV, to assess suitability for the job which they are applying for. It is important to have a well-written CV, with all the relevant education, skills and of course, professional experience.
Creating your CV, even as a professional with many years of experience and skills is not an easy task. It becomes even more difficult when you are trying to completely change career paths, or when you are straight out of education, as you might not have any experience to highlight.
If you are trying to change career path, and nothing from your past professional experience qualifies you for the new job you are seeking, start by highlighting those qualifications which can be transitioned along various industries. For example, People Management, is a transferable experience, regardless of the previous type of business you were working in. This is a better option than not indicating any experience you might have. It is always a good idea to write a professional profile, or summary at the start of your CV. Keep it concise and relevant, as this will allow you to highlight your skills and how they relate to your career change and career objectives. In this situation, it is often okay to reference any volunteer or community service work which you have done previously, as it can help promote your qualifications for the job.
If you are fresh out of education, and do not have much, if any full time professional experience, don’t get discouraged in creating your CV. Focus on highlighting your personal skills and your education. In this instance, avoid using a professional profile, or summary. Rather, list your career objective and start the CV by listing your education. Always make sure to mention any awards or honours you have received while in education. Following your education, list all the skills that will qualify you for the job you are seeking. Do also mention any courses, such as project management or business communication that you have taken and can apply at work. Instead of listing any experience, title the section “Pre-professional Experience” and divide it into categories applicable to your career objective. For example, instead of saying that you spent a summer working at a clothing outlet, use a sub-heading of “Customer Relations” and list any responsibilities where you have provided customer service. Tap into any community service, volunteer, or School, College or University club positions you have held in order to highlight your abilities and showcase that you are the best candidate for the job.
Never be afraid of not having the right experience, or not having any professional experience to include in a CV. You might possess other qualities and skills which the potential Employer sees as falling in line with their company ethos and room for professional growth within their organisation. Focus on what you can do rather than what you don’t have the experience in doing and you will have a winning CV.