Experience is the main thing that interests a potential employer in your resume. Where you worked before, what you did, what successes you achieved – that’s what he wants to know when opening a resume. But there are special cases in which it is not quite obvious how to fill out this section.
A resume without experience and without explaining why it is absent will not be moderated by recruiters. The fact is that resumes without experience are not of interest to 80% of employers, and the ambiguity of the reasons why there is no experience causes suspicions that the applicant is hiding something or the resume is fake.
A suspicious case is when the reason for the lack of experience is study, but by age and year of graduation it is clear that you are not yesterday’s graduate. It seems that the data in the resume is false or incomplete.
Explain your situation in the resume more precisely. For example, your study time coincided with the birth of children, and you did not go to work while raising them. Or all the time after studying you are in search of work in a specialty.
1. You did your own business
Some people understand the essence of the “Work experience” section too formally: supposedly here you can only specify employment, and if you worked for yourself as an entrepreneur or freelancer, then you should not write about it in the resume. No – it is worth mentioning, because this is also your professional experience.
2. Changed the profession
For example, you have been an accountant all your life, and then you have retrained as a web designer. Or a fitness trainer. Or decided to become a nanny. Now you are looking for your first job in a new specialty, so the previous experience in the resume is apparently not needed. Or you are not looking for the first job in a new quality, but in general, your experience in this area is less than five years, and your age is not like that of young specialists.
Firstly, experience in the previous specialty is not so useless. It’s just not worth writing it in the CV in as much detail as you would if you were looking for an accountant again. But it’s worth mentioning briefly, emphasizing which skills from the previous profession can be useful in the new one.
In addition, seeing your previous experience, the employer understands that you spent all these years not knowing where, but were engaged in business – just since then you decided to change direction. Now, fortunately, this happens more and more often and does not cause much surprise.
Secondly, write in plain text in the “About Me” section that before this or that year you had a different profession. This will remove questions – and there will be no reason for inconsistencies.
3. You had a bad experience
For example, over the past 5 years, you once (or more than once) have experienced dismissal under an article or left somewhere with a scandal. For obvious reasons, you don’t want to stir up that story. It seems that if you just keep silent about that place of work, as if it didn’t exist at all, then this will save you from problems, because then potential employers will not be interested in your person there, and if you are lucky, they won’t take a special look at the work book.
Alas, if your experience over the past 5 years because of this gap becomes incomplete, explanations will still be required. Both for moderation of the resume, and when communicating with potential employers, if you go to them bypassing hh.ru.
Therefore, that experience still needs to be indicated. You just need to carefully consider your position in case you are asked at an interview about the reasons for leaving there. In the end, only employees themselves are not always to blame for disputed dismissals. And you can always say about the useful conclusions made from that story.
4. Too versatile work experience
You have changed many places of work and tried yourself in different specialties. Or the situation was such that they clutched at any options. Now you have finally decided on the direction and prefer not to indicate in the resume those employers who are “off topic” for this main direction.
This situation is very similar to the one described under number 2, but I want to hide not just one “extra” place of work, but several at once. And the resume because of this in the eyes of a potential employer looks even more suspicious.
This is not an easy case: if you write in the “About Me” section that you have tried yourself 7 times in other professional areas, the effect will be approximately the same as when listing all your places of work. But in any case, you have to think about how to explain these throwings and convince the employer that this time everything is serious. Or look for a sphere where you need just such versatile experience as yours. It is possible that somewhere this could be your advantage.