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How To Find A Job With NO Experience

If you have suddenly fancied a career change or have recently graduated and are looking for your first ‘proper’ job. You will know the struggle of searching for an entry-level role that requires no experience – it’s nearly impossible! We have created 7 tips to improve your employability and help you land a job – with little experience!

1. Be Realistic

With no relevant work experience and an eagerness to advance, you may be tempted to apply for jobs completely out of your skillset and capability. However, this is likely to waste your own time as well as the potential employers. If you want to better your chances, you will need to look for entry-level positions. Jobs that will provide you with training and the opportunity for career progression.

2. Demonstrate your passion in other ways

If you have an interest in the job area – show it! What you lack in work experience you can make up for by showcasing your own personal interest. Utilise the time you have whilst searching for a job to create additional points on your CV. For example, if you are searching for a Content and Copywriting role but have no experience in blogging, then it’s time for you to set up your own blog! It shows initiative, interest and employers will look favourably upon it, especially if you include a link to your blog within your job application!

3. Put yourself out there

Sell yourself in an interview – because nobody else will! Learning to do this and finding the right balance between confidence and arrogance will help you excel within your next job application and potential interview. Don’t be afraid to connect and network with those in your chosen sector of work. Send them LinkedIn invitations with an attached message asking them for any advice they’d recommend to help you start your career. Most people will appreciate your eagerness and offer you that valuable advice!

4. Keep updated

Stay informed and up-to-date with all of the latest industry news and insights. Through gaining more knowledge about your chosen area of work, you will become familiar with any technical jargon or buzzwords that employers may use in an interview. This will impress the potential employer and demonstrate that whilst you may lack work experience, you are interested in the actual role and to you, it’s not just a ‘job’.

5. Hands-on experience

By considering an internship or work experience it can build your CV and give you that all important ‘real-world’ experience. As some companies do not advertise these positions with as much publicity as full-time roles, it is worth your while asking the employer directly. Either through email or LinkedIn, you can state your current situation, your interest and what positions they have available. You can even offer to shadow a current employee for a week to see what a typical working week looks like for the professional.

6. Perfect your CV

A rushed CV is unlikely to grab the hiring managers attention. They want to be wowed and this can’t be achieved if you don’t put the effort into creating a real standout CV. Express your capability through stating what you do have, rather than what you don’t. Whether this is in the form of experience in other sectors, you can use your soft skills (communicational, teamwork, etc…) and transfer them into the potential new role.

7. Be honest

Recruiters and hiring managers are likely to appreciate a little bit of honesty when understanding your current job level status. When composing your cover letter, explain that whilst you don’t have the experience (as of yet), you are willing to work hard and be committed towards the new role. As long as the job you are applying for matches your qualified level, your transparency will not go unnoticed.

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