Not having a resume can make it harder to find a position. Many employers require one if you want to apply, leaving those without any professional experience or who haven’t crafted this critical document at a disadvantage.
Luckily, that doesn’t mean your job search has to come to an end. Even if you don’t have a resume right now, you can move forward. If you don’t know where to start, here are five tips that can help.
1. Focus on Companies That Use Online Applications
Not all employers require resumes. Some rely heavily on online applications, requiring even people with resumes to complete one.
If you are looking for entry-level roles and don’t have much (if any) professional experience, focusing on those businesses could be a smart move. You can provide the details you have without having to worry about making a short resume look impressive.
2. Reach Out to Your Network to Find a Job
Sometimes, you can bypass the application process entirely if you can find a job through your network. The hiring manager might be open to forgoing certain formalities and moving straight to an interview. Or, at a minimum, they might accept a very generic resume if someone they trust extolls your virtues first.
While being able to skip the application phase is admittedly a rare situation entirely, that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth trying. Just be ready to have to provide something basic should it end up a requirement.
3. Put a Basic Resume Together
Whether you have no experience or it’s just very limited, putting together an incredibly basic resume can be a smart move. List your contact information at the top.
Next, create a summary statement section. That way, you can add a couple of sentences that explain why you are an asset. If you don’t know where to start, focus on soft skills like communication, teamwork, and a willingness to learn.
After that, create a skill section. List six to nine relevant capabilities, including things you may have learned in school or an informal setting (like the computer proficiency).
Then, list any professional experience you have, including volunteer positions or internships, focusing on your accomplishments and not your duties. Also, add an overview of your education. While there might not be a lot of content, it’s a solid start, and could help you apply to jobs where resumes are a must.
4. Acquire Experience by Volunteering
If you don’t see any progress on your job search, and you have no experience, consider finding a volunteer role that can boost your resume. You’ll be able to list it in your work history. Plus, whoever oversees your position can act as a reference, and that can be very beneficial.
5. Apply Online with CPS
CPS Recruitment can help all kinds of job seekers find work, including those that don’t have a resume. After providing some necessary information online, we can identify job opportunities that could be an ideal fit. Plus, if you need a resume for a specific position we located, we’ll guide you through the creation process.
If you don’t have a resume but need to find a job, the team at CPS Recruitment wants to hear from you. Contact us to speak with one of our recruiters or complete our online application today and see how our services can benefit you.