Practice with this Resume Work Experience: Accounting for a Limited Employment History Worksheet to work on doing an adequate assessment of your key skills and abilities. By completing 10 exercises, you learn how to look at non-work experiences to pull relevant skills, achievements and accomplishments in order to strengthen your job search writing skills.
Follow the instructions for each of the following exercises to answer questions related to the resume work experience section and making the best of a limited employment history.
Locate a job posting for a position that suits your experiences or area of education. If you have a more extensive work history, consider choosing a job posting for which you do not have real-world experience to get the most out of the remaining exercises.
Based on your limited experience, would you use a functional or combination resume? Explain your choice.
Research the position and the job requirements for the position in general. What skills that are not listed in the job posting are relevant to the position?
What hobbies, part-time work, volunteer work or temporary jobs have given you skills that are relevant to the requirements of the job?
List at least three skills or achievements that relate to your experience in the areas you identified in the previous exercise.
How do these skills show a prospective employer that you are qualified despite your lack of work experience?
List what you feel are your three biggest accomplishments.
Do any of the accomplishments you noted in the previous exercise directly relate to the position in the job posting you selected? Which ones and how do they relate?
List what you feel are your three best skills.
Do any of the skill you noted in the previous exercise directly relate to the position in the job posting you selected? Which one and how do they relate?