Sometimes we have to go corporate before we can build our hustle, and that’s cool. However, one of the most frustrating things in life is job hunting.

It is most definitely one of those things I could do without. Now, if only I could win the lottery so that I don’t have to continue this trek. While I wait, I’m going to share with you some of my best tips to make your resume stand out to hiring managers. Even if you don’t have any experience for the job you’re applying for, hiring managers could still be drawn to your resume if you plan your strategy right.

How to make your resume stand out, even if you don't have any experience.

Your Professional Profile

Do you remember writing up your social media profile descriptions? We work so long and hard on crafting the words that will make people want to follow us or check out what we’re all about. With your resume, you should be placing the same amount of effort and dedication.

Think of all of the things you’ve accomplished and talk about them. It is most definitely okay to acknowledge your accomplished goals. It’s a profile, but a professional, tailored, and full of action. People want to know about these things, especially hiring managers!

Main Talking Points

What the heck goes on a resume these days anyway? Times are changing, most definitely. Now, you’re going to need to show more focus, more drive, and prove your potential. This means that you want to talk about how you got to where you are – applying for this job that you really want, with all of your heart and soul.

Your education, past work history, it’s all pretty standard stuff that you still need. However, the section of your resume that you want people’s eyes to jump to, especially if you have no experience, is your “Skills” and “About Me” section. This is where you tell your story. The words you use will make or break your resume, so choose them carefully.

Action Words Score More Points

Tackle past experience and education sections first. Let’s say you had a retail job previously, but you want to transition into a front desk job in a clinic. You have experience with customer service, but no experience at all in the medical industry. Write your accomplishments at your previous job in retail, but use strong action words.

You can tell a word is strong by how it feels when you say it. If you need some word inspiration, the Thesaurus always helps me craft some spicy descriptions. If you still need extra help, take a peak at your previous job description and use that. Share at least 3-4 things you accomplished for each job and/or during school.

It’s All About You

So here’s where you start to slow down and take a bit more time to craft the perfect introduction. That other stuff was easy, so we knocked it out first. Here, you give the first impression of your potential, so make it a good one. I recommend you talk about what kind of worker you are using strong adjectives tailored from the job announcement that you’re applying for. Don’t lie to fill in white space. Be honest, and be proud. You’ve come a long way.

Another thing to add in this section is your professional goal(s) in 5 years or so. It’s a fairly common interview question, so may as well put it on paper. Don’t be very specific, but state what position you’d like to be in and in what industry in 5 years. If you can fit a “why” in there, then feel free to tell a little bit of your story.

I find these little touches add so much more personality to a resume. I’ve gotten hiring managers to call me and say hey, I really liked what you wrote in your intro. I HAD to meet you. I had no experience in their fields, but they were drawn in by my story. So grab their attention with some heartfelt words, but keep it relevant to the job you’re applying for.


Skills, Skills, Skills… and Initiative

Ah, here we are. I can probably say this is the most important section of your resume besides your introduction. This is where hiring managers can quickly gauge whether or not you have the basic qualifications for the job. That being said, if you’re looking to transition into a completely different industry, it helps to get ahead of the game.

This means that while you’re trying to make the transition, you should already be introducing new skills into your life. In this instance, you’re transitioning from retail to a clinic, you might want to take a medical terminology course (here’s a free one). This way, you can put Medical Terminology in your skill set. If the clinic you’re applying to needs someone who knows a little bit about accounting receivables and collections, there are ebooks, free tutorials that you can read and teach yourself.

The point here is to show that even though you’re coming from the retail industry, you’ve taken the INITIATIVE to learn the skills necessary to enter the medical field. Employers want people who thrive on success and doing what it takes to get there. Prove that you are that person for them. You can learn and teach yourself just about anything. The internet is full of free information!

Back It Up

Now, you should have a pretty spiffy looking resume, if you’ve followed these simple tips. At the end of the day, employers want someone who can help them accomplish business goals and get along with their current staff. If you can prove to them that you are who they need to fill that gap, then you’re well on your way to land that first interview.

As I said earlier, don’t lie or exaggerate. There’s a difference between being descriptive and exaggerating. Be ready to back up your resume during your interview, because you will get questions, especially if you have no previous experience. However, as long as you have complete belief in your accomplishments and skills, you will have no problem translating that in person.

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