Reblogged from Guardian Careers
How to write a CV when you lack direct work experience
The excerpt below includes links to two example CVs. I had a look at the relevant web page and discovered the world of ‘Toast of the Resume Industry’ (TORI) winners. I have to say the website looks a bit spammy but there may be something useful there…
Don’t let a lack of work experience put you off applying for a role where otherwise you meet most of the requirements. Instead, make the most of your other qualities: your skills, attitude, potential and enthusiasm.
Identify what qualifies you for the role
It isn’t only paid experience that counts. Voluntary or community involvement, work placements, coursework, personal projects and extracurricular activities can all be highlighted to show your suitability. Think from the employer’s perspective – decide on the most interesting factors, where you have used relevant skills, and then make these prominent on your CV.
For instance, this graduate CV highlights education and training, including achievements and endorsements, while this CV demonstrates how to emphasise project work above less relevant work experience. Breaking down each project into target, result and learned competencies shows relevant skills and achievements in context.
Other useful resources / links.