by Team AllYourVideogames | Aug 5, 2022 | Technology |
Do you know how to make a resume for first job and win a spot in the job market? This is one of the biggest doubts of candidates who are looking for an opportunity and still don't know where to start.
The CV (Curriculum Vitae) is an essential document and the most important to take the first step towards the occupational labor market.
It is your gateway to the job interview. It contains all your professional and academic information.
The curriculum is your “business card”. Through it, you will give the recruiter a first impression about you. Therefore, it is important to know how to value the information that you will make available.
The task of putting together your first resume may not be so simple. But know that it is totally possible and accessible to create a successful resume, even for those who do not have professional experience.
Here are some tips on how to make a resume for your first online job and how to fill it out.
Resume for first job: how to make yours online?
There are many digital platforms through which you can make your resume online, for free:
1. Can go
Canva is a design tool that offers a variety of services, including creating a resume. It provides numerous ready-made templates, which you just need to edit and adapt with your information.
The differential of Canva's resume templates is that the layouts are different from the standard of classic templates, they are more modern, flashy and simplified.
How to make a resume using Canva?
Go to the Canva website and select the fifth icon below “What you will create” and look for the “Resume” option;
It will open a new tab and show you the different templates available with various editing tools;
You can change the colors, fonts, change the layout, among other options. The file can be downloaded and saved in different formats. Canva can also be used in its app version on both Android and iPhone.
Learn more: How to make a resume on mobile
2 Google Docs
Google Docs is a Google Drive tool. If you have a Gmail account, you already have access to this product. You can make your resume from scratch or choose a template from the many available.
You can access it via browser or mobile phone. The advantage of these tools is that, being online, you don't run the risk of losing your document and you can download it in various formats.
Go to Google Docs and log into your Google account. Go to the “Model Gallery” and look for the “Curriculum” section. Choose the curriculum you like the most and fill in your details.
Once you have finished making your CV, go to the “File” menu and select “Download As”. You can choose in what format to download the file or publish your resume online.
LinkedIn is also a job platform, where you create a professional profile and enter all the related information, in a very dynamic way.
There is the possibility to export your profile in resume format, making it practical and easy. But it is not possible to use this feature through the LinkedIn Mobile app, only on the web.
On your computer, go to the LinkedIn website and log in. Click on the “Me” icon at the top of the home page. Go to “View Profile”, click the “More” button and select “Save as PDF”.
That's it, this way you save a copy of your profile in the format of a resume, which is based on your business card.
4. My Curriculum Website
The Meu Curriculum website also offers some resume templates, made by HR professionals. You can download a blank or data-filled template for free for a baseline.
When browsing the site, you will also find some tips to help you when putting together your resume.
The famous Microsoft program also has ready-made templates so you can create your resume for your first job.
Open Word and select "New". Then search for “Curriculum”.
It will give you a vast list of options, just choose and customize with your data. Then save the document as a PDF.
6. Senai's Tool
Senai (National Service for Industrial Learning) provides a free online tool to help you create your CV. It also offers some types of templates.
Access the Senai website and fill in the fields. The site itself takes care of assembling the curriculum and generating the file.
In fact, Senai offers free courses, which can leverage your curriculum and help your career.
How to make a resume for the first job with other tools
There are numerous alternatives available on the internet to be able to assemble your resume online. Here are a few more sites that can help with this task:
- My Perfect Resume
Learn More: How to make a Lattes CV?
Resume for the first job: how to fill it out?
First of all, you need to know the structure of a curriculum and understand what each one will require of you.
- Personal data;
- Complementary activities;
At this first moment, you will identify yourself, provide your data and means of communication, so that future interested companies can contact you.
- Full name
- Address (no need to put zip code, just your street name, neighborhood name and city);
- Phone (don't forget to put the DDD);
- E-mail (A nice tip is that it is not a complicated email or with a negative connotation, if necessary create a professional email to use specifically for this purpose).
If you have a profile on any professional social network, such as LinkedIn, it is valid for you to copy your link and put it together with your data. If you don't have it, no problem.
What to put in the objective topic on the resume for the first job? Make it clear what your area of interest is, know what career you want and what you are most familiar with.
Be succinct and direct, no need to write a letter. Don't be afraid to say you're looking for your first job, be honest. But, be sure to specify and show interest in the area in question.
For example, let's say you don't have much affinity for customer service, but you do very well in the administrative field and are looking for an administrative assistant position.
You can present your career objective as follows: “I'm looking for my first job. Work in the administrative area and improve my professional skills, gain experience and contribute to the company.”
Dispense long and very detailed texts. Leave to distribute the information over the other topics.
Here you will find information about your academic background, courses and certifications. Here's a list of what you can put in this step:
- Elementary School;
- High school;
- Technical education;
- Top extension.
It is not necessary to put all these items, it depends on your level of education. Put the formations you currently have in descending order (from newest to oldest).
If you have a high school education, there is no need to put elementary school. Likewise, if you have a degree or are still studying, you don't need to put up high school.
If you have not yet completed your course, be sure to inform the expected date for completion of your training.
Example: Higher Education – Human Resources | Paulista University | Conclusion: Scheduled for August 2022
Certifications will demonstrate your skills to practice a profession.
There are several platforms that offer professional courses for free, we will talk about later.
If you have already taken a course in English, Spanish or any other language, know that it is extremely enriching for your curriculum. Put the language and specify your level. For example, Intermediate English or Basic English.
If you have done an exchange, add the name of the institution and also the date you studied abroad.
Of course, this is a differentiator that can put you ahead of other candidates.
This topic is indispensable, even if you are a person with no wallet experience. In a traditional resume, the part of professional experiences would come. But as this is a resume for a first job, we can put qualifications.
And what are the qualifications? It's all the knowledge you've acquired during your life and the things you excel at.
It is worth mentioning their skills, abilities and talents. Think about the assignments in the area you want to work and see what qualifies you for this position.
Following the example of the search for an administrative assistant position, you will need to have good communication, have computer skills and be proactive. All of this can be plugged into qualifications.
Here you can explore all your complementary experiences, that is, everything you've done. For example, activities you have done at your school and volunteer work you have done in your community.
Let's assume that you were part of the student body, were a class monitor or participated in the graduation committee.
Each of these activities requires skills from you. Example: being part of the graduation committee requires organizing work, raising money, planning and knowing how to communicate with companies.
Therefore, through this information you already demonstrate numerous skills such as initiative, communication, negotiation, knowledge in finance, problem solving and teamwork.
Although none of this is registered work experience, these activities are responsible for developing your skills and showing what you can offer the company.
Finally, here you will put all the courses you have already taken. It is worth computer courses, career-related courses and participation in lectures.
Free courses to boost your resume for first job
As mentioned before, you can enrich your resume for the first job and qualify through free courses that are offered on several reputable education platforms and that can help you on the way to a selection process.
These are complementary courses and all of them issue certificates. For the most part, they are offered in the distance learning modality.
The platforms offer courses in Entrepreneurship and even Architectural Design, for example. There are several options in different areas. Check out some:
- OLD / SESI;
- FGV (Getúlio Vargas Foundation);
- e-Aulas USP (University of our city);
- e-Unicamp (State University of Campinas);
- Unesp (São Paulo State University);
- Bradesco Foundation;
- Prime Courses;
- Academic Ava – UFRB.
There is also the possibility of studying through international platforms. Some may not offer a certificate and all will be in English:
- edX (created in the United States by Harvard University in partnership with MIT);
- WITH OpenCourseWare;
- Stanford Online;
- Carnegie Mellon University;
- Yale OYC;
Tips to avoid mistakes on your resume for the first job
Many people miss the opportunity to enter the job market because of Portuguese mistakes on their resume. One of the main points evaluated is exactly the grammar.
How is a company going to hire you to write emails, have contact with customers, do reports and presentations if you have bad writing? Be aware of this point.
Review your resume after you're done to make sure it's all right. Editors themselves are usually able to detect grammatical and spelling errors, which are usually underlined in blue or red.
Too much personal information
Hobbies, your CPF number, RG, work card, etc.
No documentation should be placed on your resume, except in the case of professional records such as an OAB portfolio. In this case it would be interesting to add.
Don't lie to try to make your resume look "better." Don't invent experiences, don't say you have a language or a course without actually having it.
At the time of the interview, all this falls apart and lying can tarnish your professional image.
Salary Expectation and References
In general, if salary expectations or references are not requested in the job description, do not include them.
Use only if you are specifically applying for a job that asks you for this information.
Few companies still ask for a photo on their resume. The general recommendation of specialists in the Human Resources area is not to put a photo on your resume, whereas, today with social networks and LinkedIn itself, it is easier to find you on the internet if the company wants to.
Only put it if it is a criterion of the company, otherwise leave it without. The photo should be formal and as professional as possible, with appropriate clothing and posture. No photo at nightclubs, with a drink in hand, without a shirt or cap.
The photo must convey seriousness and credibility, after all it is for a job vacancy and not for a social network.
"Curriculum vitae" no title
The current and modern model dispenses with the use of headers with the name “Curriculum Vitae”. What should be highlighted is your name along with your personal information.
The simple, objective formatting is timeless. Sometimes, in the search for a creative and differentiated curriculum, people end up leaving it visually polluted and inadequate, making it difficult to understand the information.
Try to avoid using unusual fonts, such as cursive, and prefer more traditional ones such as Arial, Times New Roman, Calibri or Verdana.
Opt for black font and size between 9 and 11 for text and 12 to 14 for titles and use bold only in titles or in your name.
With these tooltips and content, you can put together an attractive first job resume that catches the recruiter's attention.
With this, the chances of you being selected for an interview and future hiring will only increase.
Learn More: How to Build a Resume: 4 Basic Rules to Avoid Mistakes