There are a lot of resources out there on how to a great resume summary, but it’s difficult to find good advice on how to do it if you have no work experience.
So I’m going to walk you through what I recommend doing it, to make it as simple and easy as possible.
If you need to write a summary for your resume with no experience, you’re in the right place.
This the “just the facts” section. Stay away from selling yourself too much in this section.
Keep this section extremely simple: School, Date, Degree, GPA (if high), and maybe an academic honor you received. Then, move on to the next section.
Only include relevant extracurricular activities. Intramural football champion is never relevant.
Place education section above experience section if you are a recent college graduate and/or your work experience is short.
The experience section is truly the meat of your teacher resume.
This is the first and singular chance you have to show an employer you have relevant experience to excel in the job you are desiring. You are task to think about ways in which you have demonstrated relevant, transferrable skills.
“Will this person be successful in the position if I hire them?”
Let’s say you are applying to be a teacher and your previous work experience is being a Vet Tech and Retail Manager, like our example JT Mason. Those two jobs are nothing like a teacher, right?!
Think about what a teacher is asked to do on a daily basis; not specifically but more general. A teacher needs to communicate with students, organize a lesson, manage a class, direct students, etc. As a Vet Tech, JT established the rules for the entire facility to work efficiently. This is surely something he would be tasked to do in a class. As a Retail Manager, JT had to manage 25 people on his team. This shows he is able to lead a team successfully.
Though certainly not the exact same as teaching, it does bridge gaps for the employer to understand your ability.
Use the action verbs listed on the worksheet to begin one sentence examples of work experience. The sentence should not be too long, but long enough to accurately describe what you did.
See our resumes for JT Mason for examples on the structure of these sentences.
Your experience section should be order in reverse chronological order by date employed. (You should not have any gap in these dates. If you do, ensure you are able to explain the gap in employment as you will be asked about it in the interview.)
Community Service Section
This section is not required and in some resume designs, might not even fit.
Use this section as an extra oomph to show your dedication to hard, purposeful work that, again, is relevant.
If you do not have quality community service experience, that is okay; you can leave this section off completely.
Writing a good summary for a resume with no experience isn’t easy. Hiring managers hear a lot of vague buzzwords every day, like “hard-working”, etc. (I even warn against using these words in my job interview answer guide).
But you need to use a few of these words if you have no work experience. There’s nothing else you can do. So try to pick things that are as meaningful as possible. Saying you enjoy working on a team, or you’re a natural leader, or you’re an analytical thinker and problem solver at least suggests something (and will prompt the hiring manager to ask you for more info, which is great!)
I’d avoid saying:
- “fast learner”
Those are the big 3 that I see badly over-used and they’ve become pretty meaningless.
If you follow the tips above you’ll have an interesting, compelling resume summary that will make the reader want to learn more about you – even in spite of your lack of work experience!