When applying for a first job, you may run in to a catch-22: You need to have experience to get experience. Most employers ask to see your work history on your resume or CV, but even if you're still in school or have just graduated, you can still show them that you have relevant experience. Rather than trying to answer the question: "Where have you worked before?" answer the underlying question that the employer really wants to know: "Can you do the work?"
Example 1: Current Student
Configuring wireless routers
Personal Talents & Soft Skills
Takes charge in critical situations
Proactive in ensuring network configuration is always optimal
Enjoys working with others both on site and remotely
Excellent written communication skills
Teacher's aid in high school campus computer lab throughout junior year
Worked with a team of three students to create a full-conversion mod of the video game Half Life 2
Configured six wireless home networks for friends and family
Created the site http://www.janedoeportfolio.com/
Excellent academics with 3.6 GPA while working part time in the computer lab and pursuing several team sports
Example 2: Recent College Graduate
Artist with BFA in photography seeking print advertising internship
BFA, photography & design
Minor in business administration
Close-up series of black & white Images published in State University spring newsletter
Demolition site color photograph featured in local newspaper
About the Artist:
Joel's work specializes in hyper-realism created by enhancing traditional close-up photography with digital layers of light. He is expert with several Canon and Panasonic cameras as well as Pinnacle Studio 12 and Photoshop and is passionate about being on the cutting edge of the intersection between art and technology. Through his coursework in business, he studied the impact of art on customer decision making, particularly via its use in advertising and product placement in film. Joel is a vocal and passionate artist who believes that collaboration between an advertising agency and end customers is the most vital component of good marketing.
Customer service representative (part time throughout university education)
Provided prompt and courteous service to customers in National Bookstore's largest local branch
Supervised one employee for over one year and provided annual employee evaluation
Expert knowledge of National Bookstore's proprietary CRM software and database
Required encyclopedic knowledge of store inventory and layout
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