You’re looking for a job, but you don’t have a resume. Writing one seems likes lots of work. So, can you get a job without a resume?
In short, the answer is yes. It’s possible. Nevertheless, in most cases, having a resume works to your advantage.
What Jobs DON’T Require a Resume?
You can land many entry-level positions by simply submitting an application. Examples of jobs that often don’t require a resume include waiters/waitresses, cashiers, customer service representatives, landscapers, delivery drivers, security guards, and warehouse workers. In addition, some companies won’t ask for a resume if they have a connection with you already. For example, if you volunteered or completed an internship at an organization, they may (or may not) skip this part of the application process.
Why SHOULD You Have a Resume Anyway?
- You’ll Find a Better Fit
Although you probably think resumes only benefit employers, they help you too. Ultimately organizations use your resume to evaluate how well you would fit into a role. After all, you may be over or underqualified. Of course, this could mean you won’t get a particular position. However, it’s better to land the right job the first time rather than ending up in something that’s too easy or too hard.
- You Could Make More Money
Let’s say you apply for a warehouse job. After looking at your resume, the hiring manager realizes you are “forklift certified,” and you recently “coordinated a safety team that decreased accidents by 50 percent in two months.” Guess what? Your resume automatically launched you from an entry-level to a mid-level pay rate.
- You Can Track (and Guide) Your Career
Recording your experiences shows you where you’ve been and where you might like to go. You can often gain insights into your career just by looking at a list of your accomplishments. What went well? What didn’t go well? And what might be your best path for the future?
How Do You Write A Resume?
- Make a List of Skills and Experiences
Start with a brainstorming session. Pull out a pen and paper. (Your computer or phone will work too.) Write down your educational credentials, certifications, and skills, as well as any work and/or volunteer experiences.
- Find a Resume Template
Unless you’re naturally artistic, there’s no need to design your own resume. Search for “free resume template” to choose from hundreds of styles. When in doubt, a basic format without photos is your best bet.
- Ask for Advice
Especially if this is your first resume, ask for help. Most secondary schools and colleges provide resume assistance through their career centers. Or, if this isn’t an option, call your local employment agency. Usually, recruiters provide free resume services too.
Are You Having Trouble Getting a Job Without a Resume?
Halpin Staffing Services is here for you! We place professional and industrial candidates throughout Southeastern Wisconsin and Northeastern Illinois. Our experienced recruiters would be happy to review your qualifications and match you with the right positions… even if you’re still working on that resume. Contact us today to learn more!