1. What If I Don’t Have Work Experience on My CV?

What If I Don’t Have Work Experience on My CV?

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If you have no work experience to describe in your CV, focus on other strong points and assets. Highlight your education and qualifications, or emphasize relevant non-work experiences such as internships, volunteer work, extracurricular activities, or projects that demonstrate your competencies and abilities.

Focusing on skills is also a good idea. A skills-based CV will redirect a recruiter’s attention to your abilities instead of limited work experience. Unlike the typical reverse-chronological CV format, a skills-based CV starts with a comprehensive list of skills and provides examples of when those skills were applied.

To create a successful skills-based CV, use one of the professional CV templates that highlights this aspect of your candidate profile.

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