Writing your CV when you don’t have a diploma

To succeed in your professional life without a diploma is possible. See Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and even Steve Jobs, they revolutionized our times and yet, they did not finish their studies.

To draw up your CV, it is important to carry out the summary which will recount education, ongoing training, professional and extra-professional experiences, as well as the personal journey.

1. Highlight your aptitudes and competences

Indicate the qualities you consider more important in regards of the position you are after. Practiced languages, mastered software programs, organization and negotiation skills, taking initiative, all those competences acquired must appear in your CV. A recruiter will also want to know your motivation level, commitment, autonomy, availability, precision, seriousness, etc.

2. Value your professional experiences

Draw up and make a list of your employments, projects, internships, summer jobs, pointing out the name of the company, as well as the duration and the position occupied. All experiences are enhancing, emphasize the most pertinent, those that will interest the recruiter by mentioning important learning processes.

3. List all training acquired

If it is relevant, show your educational background indicating the last diploma you obtained, or otherwise the level where you interrupted your studies.
Do not forget ongoing trainings, the certificates obtained (first aid certification, camp counsellor), the driver’s licenses as well as professional certifications.

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4. Detail your personal projects

Do you have projects or extra-professional activities? Describe them in detail, talk about the sports you practice, your involvement in the community, your entrepreneurship, technology scouting, etc.
All those activities will show your willingness to commit, in a nutshell, that your approach is pro-active.

5. Pay attention to the layout of your CV

Your CV must be clear, synthetic, precise, without mistakes and should fit on one page. Its reading must prove the recruiter that you can bring more to the company.

On top of the CV, under your identity and your contact information, you will indicate, in a clear way, the desired position. Then, the first entry will detail your competences, then your professional experiences, your education and finally your projects and interests.

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6. Send your applications

By focusing on sectors that have trouble when finding applicants, finding a job without a diploma is still possible. Favor catering, collective or fast, mass retail, logistics, construction industry, and personal service sectors.

Prove your motivation, demonstrate your seriousness, show your desire to learn, as many of the qualities sought after by the recruiter that are more important that the qualifications.