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How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by EduRegard: 6:43pm On Oct 18, 2016
As soon as we finish our studies, if not sooner, we search for our dream job. However, we often stumble upon unjustified requirements from potential employers regarding past working experience. It seems like a dilemma: how are you expected to get a job when everyone demands that in order to get one you must already have had one? These people fail to acknowledge the fact that – unfortunately as it is – nobody is actually born with a working experience. It is something we are to gain when we already have the job, and not before, right? Well, yes, but...

It is important to realize what exactly the hiring manager want to read in a candidate's CV. When they state that they are looking for someone with working experience, the key word here is “experience,” and not “working.” Basically, the potential employer is interested to know what makes you the ultimate candidate for the job in terms of your past experiences that are relevant to the position. Surely, you did have a lot of different experiences in your life. It is hard to imagine a person in their 20s that has been doing literally nothing up to this point and gained absolutely no experiences in any field whatsoever.

Moreover, there must be a reason why you want this particular job. You believe that this is the perfect job for you because of your wonderful personal traits, the set of skills that you possess, and – most importantly – your zeal and enthusiasm. These are the things that need to be clearly presented in your killer CV, so that your employer had no doubts about your qualification for the position. Let's go into more detail on that:

1. Terminology

If you apply for a certain job, then surely you must deem yourself fit it and you are fluent in this field's professional language which every trade has. So, you should demonstrate it by using this terminology all through the text of your CV.

A wise use of job-specific terminology will reveal your competence in the topic, and the good command of professional language is a good means to substantiate your qualification for the job.

2. Skills upfront

There are no strict rules telling you to list your skills at the end of your CV, thus hiding them from the reader's attention. Yet, this is exactly what many people do with their CV, for unknown reasons.

If you don't have so much working experience, then this is your weak point, this is something you would not like to attract too much attention to. Your stronger point here, something that you should attract the reader's attention to, is your set of skills. List them upfront, at the beginning of your CV. Focus on why these skills make you the perfect candidate.

If you are still not sure on how to write your CV skill-based, you are welcome to google it and find examples of such CV online.

3. Personal traits

Motivation and enthusiasm are good things, but merely listing them will look trivial and generic on your CV. It will not convince anybody. What you can do here is illustrate these traits with examples from your life.

For example, you have come up with some creative ways to cut your use of electricity, water, gas, etc., thus saving on communal payments. Then, you have gathered some of your neighbors at the table and told them thereof (which means that you have shared an experience in an organized way). Why not write about it to highlight both your skill to optimize costs and to share experiences with a group of people? It does show how enthusiastic you are, how well you get along with people in your community, and how you can attract attention when you need to be listened to. For many positions, the possession of such skills is quite a bonus. You can even give a detailed view on the amount of saved resource.

If you prove that you can present yourself and your skills in an irresistible way, you will not only convince the reader of your possession of your skills but also about your ability to present yourself, which is a valuable skill too.

4. You existing experience

As mentioned before, the focus in the experience section does not necessarily need to be on the working. Clearly, before you went looking for a job, you lived a life full of various experiences of different kinds. So, you should sort out those that are relevant for that dream job of yours and list them under the experiences section of your CV. Some school projects, community and/or volunteer involvement, personal projects, or even an online research on the topic can be of relevance here.

5. Formatting

Be reminded that the text of your CV must be engaging to the reader – your future employer. Among the most common means to make a text more readable are:

- shorter sentences over complex ones;

- active voice over passive;

- facts over generalizations.

Apart from these, it is important to remember that there are no strict rules to format your CV. So, you can be creative about it and invent a way to group and structure the data yourself. For example, you can group it by relevance with the more important skills and projects being on top.

Basically, you are free to experiment and play with the layout up until the point where you yourself feel proud just by looking at your CV.

As you can see, putting up a convincing CV without having a substantial working experience to speak of is not as challenging as it sounds. And neither is starting your professional career from scratch. So, don't let the seeming obstacles disappoint you before you even begin.

Remember that you do have some aces up your sleeve. Following the humble advice from this article should help you to put them to good use when appealing to the hiring manager and convincing them that you are the perfect candidate for the job.

SOURCE : http://eduregard.com/write-cv-no-work-experience/

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Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by EduRegard: 6:44pm On Oct 18, 2016
Kindly drop your views below, thanks.
Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by Nightie(f): 6:53pm On Oct 18, 2016
Nice.... really.... nd tanx.

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Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by gidimasters(m): 6:11am On Oct 19, 2016
EduRegard:
Kindly drop your views below, thanks.

Then I think you should attach a CV sample here so we can know how it should be...

Lalasticlala, mynd44, seun

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Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by nony43(m): 6:52am On Oct 19, 2016
Valid points
Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by babs01(m): 6:53am On Oct 19, 2016
CV OR CONNECTION which one sure pass? I go answer myself, na connection. Who wan luk ur experience wen u get oga @ d top Inshort na u get experience pass

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Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by ezechueze(m): 6:53am On Oct 19, 2016
OK
Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by Nobody: 6:55am On Oct 19, 2016
In vector's voice : how people go do the work way no dey? wink

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Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by SenatorTobijah(m): 6:58am On Oct 19, 2016
Na connection be the main thing oh, u can have the best CV yet no company will call u. It's God's favour and Connection

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Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by nmreports: 6:59am On Oct 19, 2016
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Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by remiopash: 7:01am On Oct 19, 2016
You can also focus more on your area of expertise if you dont have any work experience i.e what you know how to do best in your discipline.
For example ,as a budding Civil Engineer,you write that you are good in writing project proposal,even if you are not so perfect in it.

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Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by ourkobo: 7:01am On Oct 19, 2016
In Nigeria, CV don't matter ooo
As long as you have connections

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Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by adejaresalami1(m): 7:18am On Oct 19, 2016
CV has only helped 10% of gullible nigerians to get job while connection did the rest part.

I have pple that can compose for u a good cv...kaaaiii, d guy sef has never been called for an interview not to talk of acquiring a job.

All the same ...na God sabi the best.

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Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by teepsee(f): 7:21am On Oct 19, 2016
cool
Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by raphieMontella: 7:22am On Oct 19, 2016
Good! Educating!
Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by mysteriousman(m): 7:23am On Oct 19, 2016
Hmm
Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by Bazinga(m): 7:28am On Oct 19, 2016
babs01:
CV OR CONNECTION which one sure pass? I go answer myself, na connection. Who wan luk ur experience wen u get oga @ d top Inshort na u get experience pass

Stop deceiving yourself. Connection only works in government jobs where u do literally nothing. But in the private sector where Ur competence and performance is the basis for judgement on the job by your superior, u will struggle if u get the job Tru connection and u were not qualified for. Truth is most companies now go for competence instead of connection.
Btw I got a job with Diamond bank, not Tru connection but Tru the right way, I proved my Wirth during the interviews, and my cv did half of the job.
So take every thread on nairaland about cv writing very seriously. It will help u. Stop waiting for connection, work on urself.

U welcome

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Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by pretydiva(f): 7:31am On Oct 19, 2016
Pls examples of d cv should be attached 2 ur write up @op

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Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by gidimasters(m): 7:44am On Oct 19, 2016
SenatorTobijah:
Na connection be the main thing oh, u can have the best CV yet no company will call u. It's God's favour and Connection

Conection you say right? Even those you think are connected are no longer sure of the connection/ their own jobs sef

In this buhari Era, na connection error ooo

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Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by gidimasters(m): 7:44am On Oct 19, 2016
babs01:
CV OR CONNECTION which one sure pass? I go answer myself, na connection. Who wan luk ur experience wen u get oga @ d top Inshort na u get experience pass


Conection you say right? Even those you think are connected are no longer sure of the connection/ their own jobs sef

In this buhari Era, na connection error ooo

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Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by gidimasters(m): 7:46am On Oct 19, 2016
Bazinga:


Stop deceiving yourself. Connection only works in government jobs where u do literally nothing. But in the private sector where Ur competence and performance is the basis for judgement on the job by your superior, u will struggle if u get the job Tru connection and u were not qualified for. Truth is most companies now go for competence instead of connection.
Btw I got a job with Diamond bank, not Tru connection but Tru the right way, I proved my Wirth during the interviews, and my cv did half of the job.
So take every thread on nairaland about cv writing very seriously. It will help u. Stop waiting for connection, work on urself.

U welcome


Bro tell them oooo... Those connected sef no sure of their connection again.... So stay there and be saying connection

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Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by Odunharry(m): 7:50am On Oct 19, 2016
Bazinga:


Stop deceiving yourself. Connection only works in government jobs where u do literally nothing. But in the private sector where Ur competence and performance is the basis for judgement on the job by your superior, u will struggle if u get the job Tru connection and u were not qualified for. Truth is most companies now go for competence instead of connection.
Btw I got a job with Diamond bank, not Tru connection but Tru the right way, I proved my Wirth during the interviews, and my cv did half of the job.
So take every thread on nairaland about cv writing very seriously. It will help u. Stop waiting for connection, work on urself.

U welcome
I like this..
Nevertheless, favoritism and man know man still thrives in the private sector

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Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by Icansing: 7:52am On Oct 19, 2016
All u need is,,, connection and grace, even without a c v tongue
Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by WowSweetGuy(m): 7:59am On Oct 19, 2016
This kinda post always make me remember Y I hate this country internal affairs so much

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Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by babs01(m): 7:59am On Oct 19, 2016
Bazinga:


Stop deceiving yourself. Connection only works in government jobs where u do literally nothing. But in the private sector where Ur competence and performance is the basis for judgement on the job by your superior, u will struggle if u get the job Tru connection and u were not qualified for. Truth is most companies now go for competence instead of connection.
Btw I got a job with Diamond bank, not Tru connection but Tru the right way, I proved my Wirth during the interviews, and my cv did half of the job.
So take every thread on nairaland about cv writing very seriously. It will help u. Stop waiting for connection, work on urself.

U welcome

Guy bone dat tin

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Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by ashewoboy(m): 8:01am On Oct 19, 2016
Cv like i should C vagina?
Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by TheOonlyOne: 8:02am On Oct 19, 2016
Nice post up there OP
Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by Mexyz(m): 8:02am On Oct 19, 2016
Thanks op for this piece...I held many leadership positions during my school days, any need to put them down in my CV? still waiting for NYSC though.
Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by WowSweetGuy(m): 8:07am On Oct 19, 2016
Mscheeew.... who cv epp... It's high time Nigerians become self entrepreneurs.Very useless country but not totally useless @least can be used as a bad example to upcoming giants of africa (not by size). 50% unemployment among youths, and more adding up daily with nothing tangible done about it. Just useless Apc and Pdp bullcrap. Chopping in turns and deceiving deceiving idiots supporting them. Nigerian youths r too calm tho; so i see youths as cowards who only rant online like im doing now. Mobilize and make world news headline against our greedy political old foools. Youths future are dull if u dont get lucky to earn well
Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by BALLOSKI: 8:15am On Oct 19, 2016
I see...
Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by wizzakosh(m): 8:21am On Oct 19, 2016
Sample mr OP
Re: How To Write CV If You Have No Work Experience - EDUREGARD by gypsey(m): 8:31am On Oct 19, 2016
Okay, what if i do not have any qualifications, no skills, no experience and have never done any work before.
Is it also true that it does not matter if one has a long list of CV as long as River nile the employer might not still employ the individual, esspecially if the individual is not female with massive boobs and bottom.

lastly, what is the full meaning of CV? By the way. tongue

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