You have the passion. You have the grit. You have the dream of a career in a field that you have no experience in. Here’s to getting a job with no experience by showcasing that you are simply the right person for the job.
Read on to find out how.
What Type Of Job Can You Get With No Experience?
While it may sound too good to be true, any role is up for grabs whether you have a background in that industry or not. There is no hard and fast rule for what industries are more friendly to those with no prior relevant work history.
As a career coach, I highly recommend career mapping where you want to be. With this clarity in mind, every career pivot is reverse engineerable – and obtainable!
But Does Getting A Job With No Experience Mean an Entry-Level Position?
Just because you’re entering a new field or industry doesn’t mean you have to start from the bottom. For instance, chances are you have transferable skills that you’re able to leverage from your previous experience.
I recommend studying several job descriptions for a target title and analyze for responsibilities and skills you’ve already proven yourself in. Don’t discount soft skills – these are just as important as technical skills – if not more important.
What If You Have A Degree But No Experience?
That’s a start because it allows you to aim for jobs that are considered skilled and that at least gets your foot in the door.
Having a degree showcases:
🌱You have a curiosity and capacity for learning new things
🌱You’re a hard worker
🌱You can see a project through from start to finish
🌱You have stamina and endurance
If you’ve already obtained the degree, you can leverage it by demonstrating how committed and devoted you are to this new practice area. During the interviews, your school projects, courseworks, unpaid and paid volunteer/internship experiences can all be shared to lend to your credibility
Is Experience More Valuable Than A Degree?
Whether your experience is hands-on learning or academic based, employers can value both as long as you can demonstrate the value.
While education can show the benefits listed above, practical hands-on application and training is also looked at favorably. Companies invest time and money in training, so coming to a job with familiarity and new perspectives can be advantageous.
On the other hand, please note that recruiting is subjective. Some companies and employers may want to hire someone “green” with zero prior experience so they can train and mold them to fit the company’s philosophy and style.
Companies that are fast-growing, have issues filling their talent gap, or are in a novel industry tend to be less stringent when it comes to requiring prior work experience.
What To Say When Applying For A Job Without Experience
There is no need to be deceptive or apologetic about not having specific work experience.
There is a need to express why you are the safest hire for the position – despite not having all the requirements met.
🌱Do your homework about your dream org specifically and understand their pain points
🌱Highlight all the transferable skills you carry from prior work or life experience that would translate to this position and allow you to start solving these problems. (Note: you do not have to be the expert or the best in the field to do so)
🌱Communicate the passion and motivation that has drawn you to this particular industry and wow your dream org with how much you already know about the industry and about the organization
🌱Remember to speak in terms of how picking you is in the best interests of the company instead of what an opportunity it would be for you. An org’s main objective isn’t existing so you can expand your horizons, even though it may
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What Else Can You Do To Boost Your Chances When You Don’t Have Experience
Every moment is an opportunity to be that much more knowledgeable about your chosen industry.
🌱Volunteer in an org or non-profit if you can to get experience (even unpaid experience is experience)
🌱Connect with people that are already in the industry. This can be reaching out to a thought leader on Linkedin or in a community organization
🌱If you don’t know anyone in the new industry; don’t be afraid to devour books, courses, podcasts – and share insights during the interview
🌱 Practice how to market yourself. It may not feel natural at first, but remember, the point of the interview is to understand in less than an hour, if you’re an eligible hire. Don’t hold back from shining a light on what you can offer to the organization
🌱Don’t box yourself in or pigeon hole yourself to where you’ve been. Share where you see yourself heading and what you’re doing to bridge the gap from where you are today
Case Study:Natalia C.
Natalia was on the hunt for a new job. She had been actively applying to positions for months with no results.
It felt as if no one was taking her seriously.
“They’d send ‘Thank you but no thank you’ replies or days would pass with no answer at all,” she shared.
Do I Need Another Certificate?
This led to doubts. Natalia began looking at expensive courses and programs to bolster her resume because she felt she lacked what she thought other candidates had.
“I felt like a failure. Like my experience wasn’t as shiny as others. I almost got into debt to purchase a new certificate.”
What Natalia Really Needed
Natalia heard about Happily Hired Roadmap (HHR) and realized she wasn’t lacking in what she could bring to a company. She was only lacking the confidence and words to express it. HHR shifted her mindset and gave her actionable steps to reach out to dream orgs.
After going through the modules in HHR, Natalia knew exactly “what to say and how to ‘sell’ myself. My confidence boosted!”
“I Just Got An Interview AND A Company Reached Out To Me On Linkedin!”
Thanks to the personal branding course, Natalia updated her resume and LinkedIn profile, and has gained more traction than the previous months of job searching.
You too are a no brainer hire for the industry you dream of working for but you may be getting lost in a sea of applications (or not even putting yourself out there at all because you’re worried you’re not enough).
Remember to leverage all of the experiences and resources available to you today to position yourself to where you’re headed.
Life is too short to be stuck in a job that doesn’t light you up!
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