To find a job without a resume, focus on employers with online applications, network, pitch your candidacy with emails or letters, create an online presence, and more.
If you’re looking for a job and haven’t made a resume yet, don’t worry; you can still find a job. Many workers look for jobs without spending the time-consuming process of building a resume. If you don’t have a computer or don’t have the time, here are four tips for finding work, even without a resume.
Top 4 Tips for Job-Seeking with No Resume
- Start online. You can do this from most public libraries if you don’t have a computer at home. You can also apply with your phone. Most employers allow you to apply online these days. If you have a resume, you can upload it. If you don’t, you can type one indirectly online. You can also pitch your candidacy in an email to the company or in a cover letter as part of the application process.
- Go to the business and apply. This is a great way to get an immediate interview, so make sure you dress appropriately. Most companies have applications available, so if you’re applying, there is a manual process for letting them know you’re on the market. You would be shocked at how the simple process of walking into a business and asking for an application could change your prospects. It takes a little courage to walk in, but once you’re there, you may even have a chance to speak directly to a hiring manager.
- Consider using networking techniques to find or land a better job. Many times, employers are inundated with resumes, and your application gets lost in the pile. Instead, try reaching out to your friends, community members, neighbors, people you know at church or school, or other people in your network. Let them know that you are looking for a new position. Ask if they could introduce you to the hiring manager at their company or if they know of someone who is hiring. You won’t need a resume for this process, typically, and it can even seem overly pushy if you forward one to your contacts. If you are currently volunteering for an organization, start there by asking those you come in contact with if they know of any good open positions.
- Use your online presence to find work. LinkedIn is a free professional networking site that shares your work history with others. Again, if you don’t have a computer, go to your local library to set this up. You can even ask the librarian if they have any free classes on how to set up your professional LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn connects millions of job seekers with meaningful work every day, so it’s worth taking the time to set up a professional profile—and no resume required.
Finally, one of the best ways to find a job is to connect with a recruiting firm like IES. Our services are free to workers (the employers pay our fees), and we can help you find lucrative, steady work to keep you busy and keep income coming in. Contact our team today about how we can help.