/ Asked by Fauzan
When going through the characteristics or skills in a new hire which employers look for, I found many of them to be like energetic, work ethic, motivation, initiative, communication, willing to learn, etc. I guess these can be determined only with a conversation like interview. So my question is how do I show these characteristics on my resume so that I get called for an interview? This question is related to people with no previous work experience at all.
Answered by Jennifer, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Many of the soft skills you have listed can be demonstrated on your resume if you have an accomplishment driven resume versus a job description resume.  For individuals with no work experience, there are alternatives to showcasing your experience with the kinds of organizations you may be involved in with.  While in college, there are several student organizations an individual can join.  But being a member does not highlight what you bring to the table unless you are taking on committee or executive board positions like Vice Chair/President.  These kinds of roles require the capability to lead others in order to drive success.  Through these leadership roles, one can acquire the soft skills such as communication, as they are crucial to your success in the position.  This also shows initiative as these are time consuming roles which require strong time management skills in order to do the job well.  Lastly, you can also highlight any projects or volunteering that can showcase your motivation and drive on your resume.  Hope this helps!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, February 13, 2015
One of most important aspects of a resume for someone just entering the job market is their non-work related activities.  In other words, things such as your community activity, your campus activity, church activity, or other volunteer activities.  Prominently listing these things on your resume is important because it speaks to the character of the person.  In particular, it is key to show your leadership skills within these activities.  It is here where a potential employer can make a judgement on the soft skills that you mention and help them to determine if an applicant will fit well within the culture at their company.
Answered by Sara, Hiring Expert at American Express, on Friday, February 13, 2015
If you do not have any work or internship experience on your resume, there are several ways that you can make yourself stand out. Focus on highlighting activities and leadership that you may be involved with at school, in your community, religious activities, or volunteer work. These are important because they give employers a glimpse of your interests, personality, and work ethic, especially if you were involved in these while completing your degree. In addition, were you involved in case challenges or projects in your classes that can show teamwork, and potentially exposure to the industry or line of work you are interested in? If so, bring include these in your resume. 
Finally, be very meticulous about the formatting of your resume (consistent fonts, bullet spacing, etc.) as this can highlight your attention to detail and professionalism despite a lack of relevant work experience.
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