No experience? No problem. Create a Skills/Functional Resume. That is different from a Chronological Resume.
Unlike a Chronological Resume that outlines your work experiences, a Skills/Functional Resume highlights your skills. And we all have skills! Instead of using your various job positions and companies you’ve worked for as headings, you list your skills: communication skills, management skills, accounting skills, computer skills, etc.
Here is what you do:
1. Write down all the skills you’ve developed through life experience, volunteer work, internship, paid job, unpaid job, hobbies, etc.
2. Circle three to five skills that you believe are relevant to the job you’re applying for. So, for example, if you’re applying for a store cashier position, you may select: (1)interpersonal communication skills, (2)accounting skills, and (3)multitasking skills.
3. For each skill, come up with at least three bullet points describing experiences related to that particular skill (make sure your example is relevant to the position).
4. Arrange the skills according to their relevance and importance to the position. (This is a judgment call.)
Now you have your list of skills.
Add your identifying information one inch from the top of the paper, then maybe include an objective section and your education background, and you got yourself a DRAFT of a Skills/Functional Resume.