Job searching is competitive enough, but it can be particularly intimidating if you’re starting out with little to no experience.
However, it’s important to remember that everyone starts out with no experience, so you’re not alone. Here are 5 tips to help you show employers you’re right for the job anyway.
1. Embrace your inexperience
If you’re applying for entry-level jobs, the good news is most employers aren’t looking for people with resumes packed with previous experience. Instead, highlight your commitment to learning new skills, and how you plan to grow in the role. Employers are looking to hire people who are hard workers and ready to learn.
2. Identify your transferable skills
You’ve found a role and you’re ready to apply, but where do you start? Begin by making a list of all the skills listed in the job ad. These could be computer skills, technical skills, communication skills, problem solving skills, etc.
Have a look at the list and see which skills you already have, then make sure you’re highlighting these in your application. Soft skills such as your friendliness and professionalism also go a long way to show you’re the right fit.
Building your network is a great way to give yourself the best chance of finding a job at any stage of your career. Start by setting up a LinkedIn profile and connect to people you know. Also step out from behind the computer screen every once in a while and connect with people through community and professional events.
A helpful way to build experience is by volunteering. You’ll not only gain new skills and experience that employers are looking for, but you’ll also be able to build on your network and it can help you get a foot in the door.
5. Be realistic
Always make sure you’re applying for positions within your reach. Target jobs where you can show in your application that you’ll be able to succeed in the role.