You see a post inviting application to your dream job, and you rush to send in your resume. But alas, your resume does not fulfill all that the job requires. You know you would be great in that position, you have all the necessary skills. Just not enough on your resume.
Whether you are changing careers or a new graduate with no internships under your belt, what can you actually put on your resume that makes you look as qualified as possible?
Focus On The Skills You Have
While a job might require you to have certain work experience, what you should do is use the space on your resume to focus on skills that you already have. You should especially mention any transferable skills that might be more relevant. This is better than confusing the recruiter with unnecessary information on the resume. You might have transferable abilities from a previous, unrelated experience, or maybe you developed skills while in college. In any case, try noting all your skills with a summary statement at the beginning of your resume.
Highlight Your Successful Projects
You should clearly mention these as project work but it is fair to highlight all the successful projects you have completed, during an internship or even during college. It is wrong to assume that only full-time, paid experiences can be on your resume. You should write about these projects as you would, about your work experience. This helps the recruiter to understand that even these side projects are as valuable as official work experience.
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Include A Strong Cover Letter
This is especially important when you don’t have a lot of work experience. The cover letter is the perfect opportunity for you to connect the dots between the company’s needs and the skills you already have. Manthan Sutaria, Account Manager at SRV Media, says “Emphasize the personality traits that make you the perfect fit for the job. Even if you don’t have the relevant work experience, this is the spot where you can highlight your abilities. A fresher’s resume can take this high ground in mentioning minor but significant experiences that help recruiters notice your skills and sense of responsibility.”
These approaches will help you convincingly apply for your dream job even if you lack the relevant work experience.