- Inadequate Experience
There are instances in which your work experience may not be the most plentiful. Perhaps you have recently graduated from University or have an employment gap.
The method that should be employed in order to distract the reader from these details is to highlight some of your other, non-working experiences and accomplishments. Employers may see you as a viable candidate although your experience is lacking by drawing their eye away from the literal "work" section.
- Minimal Education
Perhaps you have only completed high school or less. There are ways in which you may include your education on a resume even if it is less than what a company requires.
List your experiences, jobs, and relevant activities first before mentioning education and the reader will notice your character traits first and foremost before questioning the level of education.
If you are entering a new field and feel that most of your prior experience is not the most relevant, there are elements that you may focus on to prove your competence and willingness to participate in a new line of work. Your education or experience may not be pertinent to the position you want to apply for.
Do a bit of research to see if there are any parallels between the different fields. If there is absolutely nothing in common, strip down your experiences and accomplishments to what they are really worth: characteristic qualities. Often employers wish to observe redeeming qualities in those they hire such as work ethic, honesty, and efficiency.
If you demonstrate any of these characteristics by way of your experiences listed on your resume, you may have a chance of getting the slightly irrelevant job. If you need more tips on how to enter a different field with your current skills see our article about transferring your job skills.
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