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How to polish a resume when experience is limited

When people come from overseas to the United States, sometimes they're fairly new in the working world. They may have had jobs when they were teenagers, but those jobs are frequently different from the ones that they're applying for, leaving them with limited experience.

Because of this, it can often prove difficult to find the job needed to send money back to their home country and their loved ones. By building a strong resume, however, individuals can increase their chances of getting hired, thanks to some suggestions offered by job posting website CareerBuilder.

In addition to a strong educational background, one of the most important things companies and employers like to see is that the applicant has experience and initiative. In other words, that they have shown a willing desire to learn so that they can become more skilled in whatever profession they're pursuing.

This makes becoming an intern a worthwhile endeavor, CareerBuilder notes. Traditionally, college students serve as interns, as some of their coursework may require them to apply with a company that's affiliated with their major, giving them the experience outside the classroom needed to succeed. But students aren't the only ones who serve as interns, as anyone and everyone is encouraged to apply.

Applicants should keep in mind, however, that these internships are often unpaid or low-paying, perhaps requiring them to take up a second job while they're on the internship. Depending on the company, these jobs can be up to a year or only a few months long.

Volunteer work highly valued
Something else people ought to be willing to do, CareerBuilder says, is volunteer. This is similar to an internship but slightly different, in that the work that's done is not necessarily related to the field the volunteer wants to get into. But volunteering is look upon favorably by employers, as it suggests that the applicant is concerned about humanity and philanthropic pursuits.

Another tip CareerBuilder recommends is honing one's cover letter. A cover letter accompanies a resume, wherein the applicant provides the reader with a brief background about who they are and why they're qualified for the job. It may be wise to work with a job placement professional who can serve as a guide in highlighting one's strengths and convincing the hirer that they have what it takes to succeed.

The job placement website also advises individuals to learn as much about the job as they can. When companies interview someone, they like to know that that person has an understanding of what the job is all about. This suggests that they take a keen interest in the position, not just applying because they need to make money. This can be done by reviewing the company's website or reading books that talk about that general field of work.

"Just because you've graduated, it doesn't mean that you're done learning," said Matt Tarpey, writer for CareerBuilder.

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