How to Write a CV with No Professional Experience

Undoubtedly, work experience gives significant advantages in employment, but the absence of such is not an obstacle. Even if you do not have the necessary professional experience, you have personal qualities that determine your potential success, the freshness of ideas, the newness of views, the willingness and desire to develop. This is the basis on which professionalism is built. Therefore, you already have everything you need, and following simple recommendations will allow you to competently present yourself to the employer.

Do not go to extremes

While making CV, it is important to avoid two extremes, which often play a cruel joke with applicants. First of all, diminishing your qualities and abilities, the open position “I cannot do anything” is unlikely to convince the employer of your importance. Many of the applicants, yesterday’s graduates, are unaware of how much they can tell about themselves, even without proper work experience. It is not right, as well, to write redundant and unnecessary information that relates to professional skills, but is not connected to the position being claimed.

Show your real experience

The golden middle between two extremes is the experience, the knowledge and skills which you have acquired during your studies. What could it be? Work practice, independently organized events, participation or even receiving prizes in contests, conferences, competitions, some highly specialized knowledge. If the topic of the thesis is related to the activities of the company, then it makes sense to indicate it. Do not forget about their achievements, directly related to future work.

Be honest 

Effective self-presentation is not embellishment of some qualities or a representation of absent skills, but always an honest presentation of yourself as a specialist with a certain knowledge base. Honesty in this case is expressed in an adequate assessment of their skills – “I know this well, because …”, “I encountered this during practice”, “I am ready to learn this,” etc. In the end, whether you are telling the truth or not, it is not that difficult to verify. Therefore, show respect for the employer and do not put yourself in an awkward position afterwards. In addition, honesty is a credit to you in the future.

Cover letter is the good way to show your talents and ambitions 

Of course, there are situations when, at the end of the university, the applicant cannot boast of even minimal work experience and there is nothing to indicate besides education. Even this is not a reason to despair. Temporary lack of professional skills, compensate for personal qualities and desire to work. With this you can directly contact the employer in the form of a cover letter to the CV.

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