Resume Tips 2019: How to write a resume with no experience


– One of the most common
questions I get from law students and graduates is how do I write a resume when I don’t have any legal experience. So you might be in a position
where you’re early on in your legal degree, or
perhaps you’re a few years in, and you’re coming to the
point where you’re thinking that you’re going to start going out to get some legal experience. So the issue is you’re probably looking at the job descriptions online
of the various job ads, and trying to figure
out how do you satisfy the job requirements that
are listed on the job, when potentially you’ve never even stepped a foot into a law firm. Now the trick here is
to really concentrate on transferable skills. Now you’ll have many of
these from different areas of your life, and this could be more than just actually professional experience. A lot of people get some very good skills from different areas in their
life, and you could look back at your schooling, you could
look into different sports, you could look into sort of volunteering in different community things that you’ve been involved with. What you’re essentially
trying to do is to find skill sets that you’ve
developed from these areas. So here’s a few examples. So it’s quite common that
I speak with law students and they’ve had small
casual jobs in retail, or food service and things like that, that you could potentially
build up a very good skill set which will help you to
transition into a career in law, especially early on in
your legal sort of studies. So, for an example, I had
someone just the other day that had been working in
McDonald’s for quite a few years, and they’d started behind the counter, just working the tills, and worked essentially up into, I guess, a leadership role where
they’re sort of a crew trainer and managing a small group of people. Now they’re only quite young,
and that sort of thing, and essentially what
they’re doing is, develop, without even realizing, some really strong communication skills, they’re developing
leadership skills, by working with other people, also some
very good technical skills in being to follow quite complex sort of procedures
and things like that that are happening in that environment. That’s one example of a
professional environment where you’re learning
different types of skills. Another one I’ve had recently was a person that had been quite into
their sport at sort of state and national levels, and they were also, in the captaincies and things like that, were working in leadership
roles and providing leadership to the team and mentoring and coaching and that sort of stuff as well. You could sort of see that in sport, and in other professional environments, you’re going to have the skills, specifically around leadership or coaching or communication,
collaborative type work, if you’re doing sort of more, or if you’ve done more admin type work, in an office environment,
then you may be able to demonstrate your
administrative-type skills, so look at your writing
skills, your computer skills, your ability to use obviously the standard sort of
Microsoft office packages and things like that, email, calender entries, all that sort of stuff. So when you’re looking at the job ads, and you’re seeing that they
might be asking for skills or experience that you
don’t potentially have, look at other areas and
other professional areas, look at sporting, look at community, look at other areas of your life. Think about the skills that
you’ve developed in those areas, and then demonstrate how
you’ve learnt those skills in those areas and that they will be transferable into the new role. If you do that, you’ll
be able to demonstrate a lot easier on a resume that you’ve got the skills and experience
to be able to transition into the role you’re applying to.

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