11 tips for finding a job with no experience
Anyone who ventures into the world of work encounters this terrible paradox: you cannot find a job without a minimum of experience, but you cannot gain experience without having first found a job. This discouraging finding, described in textbooks, seems almost impossible to overcome. Almost. Our 11 tips for finding a job without having experience will allow you to go from zero status to hero status in a very reasonable time (a job search is never quick!).
1. Get trained
Take courses, participate in workshops, earn certificates and diplomas, and even, if necessary, a university degree. This will not only allow you to gain knowledge for the desired job, but also show your dedication and commitment. Bonus: Bringing in teachers and other students is a great way to start and grow your network.
2. Start working (and working your way up)
Another way to get some experience in a specific field is to work for little or no money – it doesn’t sound particularly motivating, but, my gosh, it will open a lot of doors for you. You will be able to do volunteer work, an internship or a freelance job in order to acquire practical training.
Depending on the career targeted, starting or contributing to a blog can prove to be fruitful in displaying your passions and talents. In short, fill out your CV and portfolio with relevant projects that you pursue part-time, on weekends or during school holidays.
3. Build on the network
Recommendations or friends of your friends are a great way to find a job. For this you will need to develop and cultivate your network, both online and offline: be sure to mention the pursuit of a particular career – and prepare in advance a brief plea, an up-to-date CV as well as ‘a great LinkedIn profile, of course.
It’s time to pull out your pens and sheets of paper to draw a great Venn diagram that will guide you on the path to success: Make a list of all the skills, experiences and personal qualities required for your future job. Then add in the skills, experiences and personal qualities that you already have and observe the point where the two circles overlap.
This will serve as a reference for you to understand the points to improve or highlight in your CV and cover letter.
5. Become an expert in your field
Learn all there is to know about the industry and employment. This will not only prepare you for your future career, but it will also help you in building your network and professional interviews. To become an expert in your field, interact on forums, view blogs, and join groups, both online and offline.
Also, make sure you know a few key company names – online and offline – locally, nationally and even internationally.
6. Use the knowledge of others
People like to offer advice and to be seen as specialists or experts in their chosen field. Once you know the names of the professionals you admire who have followed the careers you want to embrace, try contacting them online or, if you prefer old-fashioned introductions, by writing a handwritten note to them, for example.
Asking for advice on the next steps to take in your career is a good way to make your interlocutors feel important and appreciated. Don’t email tons of resumes – people are busy and their inboxes full. Always establish contact beforehand, before asking for advice or even a favor.
7. Have an interesting story to tell
Make sure you have a compelling early career story that leaves no doubt about your talents in all types of jobs in a particular field. Employers will ask you questions (tons of questions!), So prepare clear and concise answers to explain your motivation for wanting to enter this field, the steps you want to take to reach that goal and the talents you have to offer.
Now is the time to address your passions to make a good impression, mention all your important skills and experiences, top it off by describing your school and university background and convince each of your interlocutors.
8. Reorganize your CV
And while you’re at it: make sure your CV reflects the key elements of this story. Emphasize your talents and skills and not just the job title: create a CV, not looking to the past, but rather looking to the future and that highlights all the big projects you can collaborate in the future.
9. Emphasize soft skills
Transferable skills can hold many surprises! Transferred from one situation or job to another, they will highlight your way of interacting with third parties. Examples of soft skills include interpersonal skills, organizational skills, leadership skills, and communication skills.Receive our monthly newsletter on travel, languages and culture.I’m registering
Emphasize your abilities to motivate people, be versatile, supervise or speak in public. Create a resume that shows your personality and showcases your soft skills in all their professional glory. If you can demonstrate why soft skills make it easier to learn technical skills, then you will have hit the nail on the head.
10. Aim reasonably high
While you should always aim high when it comes to your career, it’s just as important to use your common sense when applying for a job. You are just starting out, so look for entry-level positions where you can prove yourself. Make it clear that while realizing that you are a beginner, you are nonetheless eager to learn. Then all you have to do is add an irresistible touch of enthusiasm, passion and determination.
11. Minute, butterfly!
Be patient and ready to start at the bottom of the ladder. Putting one foot – then the rest of the body – in a business can take a while. It could also be exhausting or left something to be desired at times, but if that’s what you really want to do and it makes you happy, go for it!