Resume FAQs
Whether you're a new graduate with limited work experience, are switching careers, have gaps in your employment history, or were recently laid off and are unsure how to address that in your resume, our resume FAQs will guide you through all these situations.
Resume FAQ

What should I do if I have limited work experience?

Writing a resume when you have limited work experience is very similar to being a recent graduate, and requires creativity and research.  Whether you are early in your career, or possibly in a mid-life stay-at-home situation re-entering the workplace, there is always a way to write a resume that will attract a recruiter.  If you have education, degrees or certifications, those should be highlighted at the top of the resume. If there are specific courses, certificates or seminars that you took that will showcase your knowledge of the position, those should also be listed. You should also include a strong GPA, any honors or accolades, even if they are not recent.  Community Service activities, volunteering, serving on committees will demonstrate your work ethic, leadership skills, and participation on teams.

Listing your skills are of equal importance.  With a focus on the job description, list skills that could be helpful to the new job, such as: Computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); Research; Public Speaking; and Foreign Languages.

Your Job Objective, listed at the top just under your name, should include a brief description of your qualifications, and the type of job you are seeking.  In this way, the recruiter will understand immediately that you are interested in a specific job and will evaluate you accordingly.

Also see What should I do if I am a recent graduate with no work experience for more ideas.