(Closed) NO work history…

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
470 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Start volunteering in the meantime, or use your professors/mentors as references … Everyone has to start somewhere!

Post # 4
2425 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You can still put those jobs on a resume, you just have to try and put a spin on it that makes it sound relevant to what you want to do. It’s really just that you can’t use them as references anymore. Make sure you have other references that can attest to how well you work, etc.

Did you do any volunteer work or research at undergrad that you could list as relevant experience? What did you do over summer breaks? Any internships or summer jobs? You don’t have to work 3 full time jobs to get relevant experience for your resume in college, there are plenty of other options for that. 

Post # 5
1109 posts
Bumble bee

@kittyfinn:  I was in your same situation. All I had were personal refrences and volunteer #’s (church related) went on some interviews and finally got a call back 2 weeks ago. Make sure when you fill out applications, talk to the manager, tell them your name, and that you are excited to hear back from them. If you apply online call the store and speak to the manger or go in. It took alot of patience and I went through 3 pens just writing/typing info down. Look for something that will teach you skills and experience like using a cash register and selling products ( non-commission retail). Then apply to more jobs as you gain confidence!


Do not be intimidated 🙂 good luck!!! 

Post # 6
9618 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

You can still list those jobs, you’re just unable to use the employers as references. You can always ask professors to write references for you, and you can always list the skills you have used in your studies such as time management, working towards a deadline, etc. Volunteering would help boost your resume too

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