“Five years ago, I wrote a resume for Greg.* He was just starting out and had very little professional experience–most of his time had been spent on volunteer and non-profit (“heimish”) work. He was concerned that his resume wouldn’t be competitive among the other job seekers with more experience.
When I sat down to create his resume, rather than trying to figure out how to get around his lack of traditional work experience, I zeroed in on his strengths. It wasn’t hard to draw a direct line from the skills he had acquired in his volunteer work to the corporate world.
With his new resume in hand, Greg landed a position in a prestigious company.
5-year update: Last month, Greg contacted me to update his resume since he now has 5 years of progressive experience under his belt and is ready to advance his career.