Seven tips to find a job with little or no experience

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Most students are caught in this contradictory state of affairs after passing out from college - they have no work experience and companies are unwilling to offer jobs to freshers. If one doesn’t land up with a job, how will you gain that experience you’re expected to have?!

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Are you familiar with this catch-22 situation?

Have you been or are you in that place wherein you have nil or almost no experience in the field you’re interested to work in?

Here are seven tips for freshers/individuals with less experience, to get started on the job hunt with the final destination - securing a meaningful job!

#Tip 1: Highlight academic qualifications and experience as a student

As a novice, the key to start-off in a career of your choice is to build a CV or a resumé. The resumé elaborates your educational qualification, work experience, projects undertaken, awards won, hobbies and personal details. Simply put, it’s a projection of yourself as a professional even before a potential employer meets you personally.

Since a fresher has no real work experience to showcase, his/her qualifications must feature at the top in the resumé (after the contact details and the career summary). If you’ve been a first-class/distinction student throughout, then it’s a plus for you. If not and inspite of that, to stand out amongst other aspirants, include activities undertaken during school/college that appropriately display your attributes/talents through class projects, presentations, volunteering work, executed during your academic tenure.

#Tip 2: Emphasise on soft skills

Highlight skills including soft skills that are generic across most jobs/industries like:

  • Adaptability or flexibility
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Planning & Organising
  • Problem-solving
  • Teamwork
  • Time management

Think of situations where you’ve demonstrated these skills in your school/adult life and reflect upon how you will cite these examples during the job interview. 

Conducting background research to know about specific skills required by the company/role would be beneficial. Stress on these competencies by using action words such as led, facilitated, organised, planned, managed etc.

#Tip 3: Network as much as possible

The power of effective networking for securing a job opportunity cannot be overstated.

Never hesitate or feel shy to seek out and get in touch with people in the industry you hope to work for. These include former professors/classmates, family/friends, social contacts in respectable positions, who can give you a compelling reference or better still, support in obtaining your dream job. Firms prefer recruiting candidates backed by recommendations; companies even have referral policies that’ll benefit your referee if you finally do get selected.

Utilise professional networks like LinkedIn, join relevant groups for job-related discussions, attend career events, job seminars to widen your net and make sure to show your enthusiasm openly.

#Tip 4: Upskill in your area of interest

Enroll in relevant courses and acquire certifications in your chosen field. This is especially useful when there’s a noticeable break between your last year of college and getting a job or when one’s trying to switch professions. This displays your intent for the vocation you aspire for while also offering on-the-job training (if any) by the course provider.

Explore multiple online resources, digital curriculum, upskilling and reaccreditation opportunities that are easily accessible nowadays for skill upgradation.

#Tip 5: Create experience on your own

While on the job search, be open to relevant low-salaried or part-time jobs, less paid or even unpaid internship openings. Ensure you secure a robust recommendation certificate from the employer on completion of these on-job experiences. Prefer courses providing practical learning to students, over others; companies favour some experience Vs zero know-how in applicants.

Create your own side-projects. This is particularly applicable in creative jobs such as writing, video-editing, acting, crafting and so on. For IT roles, you may even develop your own software programs; active pursuit in your chosen occupation will impress organisations than mere talk.

#Tip 6: Customise your resumé as per the job posting

A thorough analysis of the job posting/job description of the role/company you wish to apply for will determine how you should design your resumé.

One size fits all” won’t work here, hence adapt as you go along while keeping your resumé updated at all times.

#Tip 7: Follow a routine and stick to it

If you are currently in a full-time assignment and looking for openings in your preferred career, plan and organise to be on top of your job quest. Set aside few hours every day to network and continue applying on a regular basis.

There’s no use expecting miracles in the first few weeks/months of your search. The idea is to pursue, always be on the lookout for fresh prospects, without feeling dejected. Take this as a challenge, success may just be around the corner waiting for you!

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