Sure, there are strategies for writing an effective resume when you lack education.
For example, going with a combination resume format that highlights the broadness and depth of your knowledge and skill set relevant to the position and company. Basically, a combination resume allows you to somewhat “hide” certain career blemishes, such as lack of education.
If you’re lucky, hiring companies will back-burner educational requirements in place of equivalent work experience.
If you’re unlucky or want to do more than cross your fingers and hope for the best, now the best time to address that lack of education.
Think of it this way. If you’re being overlooked for prime jobs due to a lack of education, expect additional side effects too, like lower starting salaries and fewer promotions. So, do something about it. Look into company-sponsored education, less expensive community colleges [if you’re paying out-of-pocket], and pursue grants, work-study programs, and low-interest student loans.
Advanced and continued education are a necessity these days, so when you lack education, taking steps to improve your professional development is ideal. No doubt, holes in your education can cost you strategic career moves (if not already) … and likely hurt your salary (if not already).
Here’s a viable option that you may not have considered as well:
Have you heard of Open Courseware?
For individuals needing to improve their education, but wouldn’t dream of going through a formal education process, open courseware just might be the solution.
A few nationwide colleges have started offering online courses classes for students, so checking out this list of colleges offering courseware is a great place to start.
Probably the biggest challenge with many of the open courseware classes being offered is that they are technical in nature, although more colleges are starting to offer non-technical curricula as well. Definitely, something to look into and consider.