What to enter in your CV if you lack experience

What should you enter in your CV if you don't have experience?
What should you enter in your CV if you don't have experience?

I went to work at the age of 19. It was a conscious decision because I wanted to gain professional experience from an early age. From mundane matters - I had to pay for extramural studies. These two decisions were connected with each other. I chose extramural studies to work. I went to work to go to university. However, I did not know what to enter in the CV, the first CV. I didn't have any experience then.

However, not everyone decides to study extramural, many young people go to full-time studies. Even more, entire studios party and do nothing. A handful at this time gains not only knowledge but also professional experience.

The most common mistakes in the CV

It would seem that this topic has already been rolling hundreds of times and everyone knows everything, but not. I had the opportunity to participate in several recruitments, I saw dozens of CVs and I must say that this topic still needs to be addressed.

The most common mistake I encountered was an inappropriate / low quality photo. I saw many different, interesting things, but the selfie from the elevator made a huge impression on me. It is a pity that not positive. Such photos are obviously out of place. I skip the fact that in most countries no photos are added to the CV, but unfortunately it is still practiced in Poland.

How to create a good CV?

There are so many CV templates on the internet that everyone will find something for themselves. Still, 99% of people use the same (boring template). Your CV must make a good first impression, so you should stand out from the stack of prints. CV template above all, it should be legible so that the recruiter does not have to find relevant information. We are only people and nobody has a day longer than 24 hour. So respect other people's time.

If you send your CV in Poland - make the picture suitable. All spouts, cleavages, a mess in the background or the background itself (photo in the elevator, toilet) fall off. The best are photos on a white background, for women in a delicate make-up and shirt. I do not recommend a white shirt, here it will be better blue, which also suggests the professionalism of the photographed person.

Actually, the CV makes the first impression. If you don't use it, you won't be invited to an interview.

There's a column like in the CV contact email address. I don't know if you realize it but emails [Email protected] or [Email protected] are completely out of place. The best choice will be an email consisting of the first and last name written together or the first letter of the first name, period and last name. If both forms are occupied, you can create an email consisting of your name and your year. It will also not be badly received.

There are two schools when it comes to experiencewhich we enter in the CV. One of them says to enter all work places. The second one suggests adapting work experience to a specific position. I think the latter option is better. List only the positions that tell you about the experience that you can use in the position you apply for. For example - if you apply for an office worker, do not enter work behind the bar, because it has nothing to do. However, it's worth to write sideways how much (years) of professional experience you have. For me it looked like on the left in the CV I entered 9 years of experience, and in the middle of the CV I listed positions confirming my professional experience in a given industry.

I have no professional experience, what should I enter in my CV?

What to enter in the CV? In the absence of professional experience, it is worth entering additional activities, among others volunteering or activity in student circles, groups. If you are active in scouting, you can also enter it in your CV. It's always worth to boast about achievements - did you win mathematical Olympiad at the voivodship level? Or maybe you did an internship or student internship? Write it in your CV too! Describe exactly what you did (silent making coffee 😉) and what you were responsible for. Do not skip this, because it is your professional experience that is not worth forgetting.
You can also enter in your CV that you have participated in a youth exchange program - this will introduce you as a person who easily contacts and is responsible.

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