Trying to find a career with no experience is a struggle for many people trying to get their foot in the door with a company. You may be just leaving school, or finishing up many years of parenting, creating a huge gap in your work experience.
While employers may not prefer candidates with little or no work experience, there are still many people who get hired because of dedication, passion, and creativity.
One of the easiest ways to set yourself apart from everyone else is to create something that stands out. Do your research and go above and beyond the most creative resumes you can find online.
Try to link the style of your layout to the field you are trying to get into. Thinking outside the box may be a riskier task than sticking with the crowd, but the effort will show potential employers that you are willing to work harder for your spot in the company.
Design your resume to reflect your personality and show that you are interested in the work you will do for them. Think of your bio as a way to show off yourself as a brand. Give your potential employer a visual of what it is like to have you as an employee with your layout and creativity.
Gain Experience in Other Ways
If you are not getting far with your current search for a position, it is probably time to add some additional accomplishments. If you know what field you want to work in, take a few classes, volunteer or hunt for an internship to add to your resume.
Online classes are easy to do in your spare time and will show that you are willing to put in the time to learn about the field you want to get into.
If you need paid experience, try working as a contractor or self-employed and find a few gigs online to list on your work experience. This can also help supplement your income until you get the position you want.
Highlight Your Skills
Focus on what you can do when you are writing professionally. Even better, run through the qualifications for the position you are applying for and add those into your skills section, but only if you know how to do them.
Check Out Your Online Presence
Employers are often skimming over your social media profiles to get an idea of who you are, so take a moment to view your social media accounts and make sure that they are all well presented for a potential employer to review. A likable presence online is favorable if your reputation is considered.
Blogging and podcasts are a great way to show that you are an expert at something. Get one started and then list it on your resume. You may also find that an ebook or teaching a class online is an easier way for you to get the word out about your knowledge.
Promoting your expertise is a great way to highlight your skills. If your blog, podcast or extracurricular activities are related to the position you are applying for, add them to your accomplishments.
Have a Great Summary Statement
Instead of an objective stating what you want out of the position or company, make a summary statement highlighting what you can do for the company.
Focus on your talents and tie them into what the company is looking for in an employee. If you don’t have work experience, draw from the skills you’ve learned from your life experience.
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Spelling and Grammar
Have someone look over your draft to see if there are any errors. If you don’t have anyone around, you can try reading it outloud as this can often catch problems immediately. Sometimes we miss things that are in plain sight!
View your writing as if you are hiring for the position and scan it for flow and proper grammar. Proofreading is important in all aspects of writing but it may be the most important if you are looking for work.
Give Titles to Your Unpaid Experience
List your volunteer experience, internships and side jobs in the work experience section. Use dates, job titles and descriptions just as if it were a paying position.
While not having a paid position can get a bit discouraging, confidence is key when you create your work experience for others to view. Show it off and be proud that you have the experience you’ve obtained in other ways.
Get references ahead of time. Make sure you have them in the same format as your cover letter and give them to the hiring manager when they are requested.
As you go through life gather references and network with people, so you can show hiring managers that you have people willing to stand up for your character.
While finding a job isn’t the easiest if you don’t have work experience, you can create a brand for yourself that shows off your personality and talents.
There is competition for almost every position, so stand out and have a confident and likable demeanor in all aspects of your job search.
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