- Inadequate Experience
There are instances in which your work experience may not be the most plentiful. Perhaps you have recently graduated from a University or have an employment gap.
The method that should be employed to distract the reader from these details is to highlight some of your related, non-working experiences and accomplishments. Employers may see you as a viable candidate though your experience is lacking by drawing their eye away from the actual "work / employment" 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 experience, jobs, and relevant activities first before mentioning education and the reader will notice your skill set first and foremost before questioning your level of education.
If you are entering a new field and feel that most of your experience is not relevant, there are elements that you may focus on to prove your competence and willingness to participate in this new line of work.
If your education or experience is not pertinent to the position you want to apply for, do a bit of research to see if there are any parallels between your field and the new field. 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 see redeeming qualities in those they hire such as work ethic, honesty, and efficiency.
If you demonstrate any of these characteristics by way of your experience listed on your resume, you may have a chance of getting the slightly unrelated 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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