By Kat Krull
As a student or recent graduate, it can be difficult to draft a resume when you don’t have a ton of work experience under your belt. But this isn’t the only thing potential employers want to see on your resume. There are plenty of other things you can highlight on your resume, even when you have a small amount of work experience. Here are some to consider:
- Volunteer experience. If you’ve volunteered your time at an organization where you’ve put your skills to use, this is certainly something to include on your resume. For instance, perhaps your education focused on marketing, and you spent five hours per week at your local animal shelter assisting in creating marketing materials. This is something you should share on your resume.
- Leadership positions. Were you involved in an on-campus club or organization? Did you accept a leadership position on the executive board, organize a committee, etc.? Leadership experience is important for many types of jobs, and employers value these skills in the workplace. Be sure to highlight what you accomplished during the period of time you held the position.
- Relevant skills. You’ve acquired a wide variety of skills throughout your education and previous work experiences — so be sure to list the most relevant skills on your resume. Depending on your field, make sure you list different programs you’re proficient in and any skills you have learned during your formal education.
- Accomplishments. Show employers why you would be a good candidate by listing accomplishments on any previous experience you have. This makes more impact than simply listing responsibilities.
- Internships. Yes, internships are something worth highlighting on your resume! Even though it might not have been paid, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t include it on your resume as part of your work experience.
- Awards and honors. Did you receive awards during college for your stellar GPA, leadership experience, or something similar? These could be something you decide to include on your resume to show that you’re an above-average candidate.
What do you think? How else can candidates with minimal experience draft a resume to catch an employer’s attention?
Kat Krull is the Marketing Manager of Resunate, a job application tool that tailors and optimizes your resume for a specific job, and ApplyApp.ly, an innovative job board that finds job seekers their most compatible open positions. You can find Kat, Resunate, and ApplyApp.ly on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.