Are you about to graduate from high school or college, but don’t have many jobs to include in the "Work Experience" section of your resume? Don’t worry; here are several types of experience to include that you might not have thought about.
Are you about to graduate from high school or college, but don’t have many jobs to include in the “Work Experience” section of your resume? Don’t worry; here are several types of experience to include that you might not have thought about.
First, look for any paid work you’ve done which demonstrates that you’re a responsible, trustworthy adult. This could be activities such as babysitting or any other work you might have done around your neighborhood, such as lawn mowing, “fix-it” type jobs or helping care for elderly neighbors.
Then, think about any volunteer work you’ve performed. Even though you weren’t paid, it’s still useful experience to include. For example, have you been a volunteer at a local hospital, nursing home or senior center? Have you completed any volunteer work for organizations such as the United Way, your local food bank, the Humane Society, March of Dimes, American Heart Association, Habitat for Humanity, Make a Wish Foundation, YWCA/YMCA, etc.?
If yes, include this information along with your responsibilities and accomplishments on your resume in a section titled “Community Service” or “Volunteer Experience.”
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You could also include information about positions you held in school activities or clubs, such as vice president of the senior class, manager of the student store, president of honor society, captain of a sports team, secretary of DECA, competitive member of Mathletes, member of the debate team, etc.
List the club, your position and then include what you did (responsibilities) and what you accomplished (results). If you can quantify your result, even better. For example, if you were the manager of the student store and introduced new products and implemented promotions, you could state: “Introduced new line of healthy snacks and drinks, resulting in student store revenue increase of 17 percent.”
Another type of experience you can include on your resume is an internship. Internships can be paid or unpaid. Be sure to explain your responsibilities and main tasks as well as any accomplishments or results (quantified) of projects you completed.
Remember, if you don’t have many paid jobs to list on your resume, think about other experience you can include that will help recruiters and hiring managers gain a better understanding of what you’ve done and your future potential. Then, show up at job interviews prepared to discuss what you accomplished in your volunteer work, school clubs and internships.