Now I am somewhat of a professional at applying to jobs as a 20-something without a college degree. Since I am such a giver, I am going to offer my intense wisdom to you. Also, I have experience in hiring people; so I really know what an employer wants to see in a resume for it to stand out. Let’s get straight to the helpful points!
1. Make sure your resume is full of bonafide and over enthusiastic descriptions! I love repeating myself two, three or even four times and changing the wording for. This really shows the employer that you only have a limited skill set, but have an unlimited talent in saying the same things over and over again; which most jobs require you to do anyway!
Example: Good people skills
- Can converse and get along with all ages
- Can help any customer with a smile on
- Can provide exceptional customer service to both customer and fellow coworkers
- Has mad people skills and can seem genuinely interested when talking even if I don’t care about the conversation. (Only take this route if you are super edgy and outgoing!)
2. Include a picture to set you aside from all other applicants; trust me, that shit works. An employer really wants to get a sense of self from the applicant and what better way to do that then adding some really telling photos right at the top of the resume!
This one says I am confident in my resume that even if I have a shotty picture, I can still rock that interview. It also let’s them know I don’t want a desk by a window because I don’t like the sun in my eyes.
This one shows I am really happy and love outdoors, coffee and athletic clothes; so I must be trendy and hella cool. I’m basically the perfect applicant already. *Bonus* The picture isn’t a selfie; really tells the employer you have friends in real life, not just on the internet.
This picture has me with other people so I must be social. And I know how to accessorize so that is a really good plus. *Pro Tip* Wear at least 5 accessories to your interview; peacocking isn’t just for attracting a mate.
3. Have a catch phrase in your resume multiple times that you can incorporate into your interview. I personally love including ‘Let me put it this way…’ every time I describe a characteristic I possess.
For example: The employer asks you to describe how capable you are to rectify a poor customer service experience. I would say “Let me put it this way, I can take a fresh piece of meat from a Grizzly and walk away unharmed.”
It really shows how creative I can be in describing an action with an over exaggerated hyperbole; and tell me someone who doesn’t love a good hyperbole? It also tells your employer you are willing to go the extra mile when helping a customer. How? If you’re willing to answer any question with a creative hyperbole, then you can go the distance to overkill any customer service interaction and employers love that!
I hope you have really grasped these tips and please take full advantage of my knowledge base to help you land a job. Especially when you don’t have a degree.