The old ‘catch-22’ – you need a job to get experience, but you need the experience to get a job!
You are browsing the job ads, a job you want shows up but you don’t have the experience. Damn. But if I know you, you are brave and bold enough to send in your cover later and your resume anyway.
BUT, how do you get a job with no work experience? Settle in, I’ll tell you.
All hope is not lost. There are 3 key areas which you can improve on to help cover this issue. Each building on the other to help you get passed each career-based hurdle.
- Your cover letter
- Your resume
- Your interview
Check out the checklists and response options below and make sure you sign up for our video series for additional information to get you primed for your job application.
The importance of cover letters cannot be overstated.
Tick off this checklist when completing your next cover letter to make sure you include it all:
1. Carefully review the job posting and research the company’s website.
2. List your contact information at the top of the document.
3. Greet the reader and introduce yourself.
4. Explain your skills and achievements relevant to the position.
5. Remind them why you’re best for the position.
6. Ask them for an interview.
7. Conclude your letter forward-facing.
8. Proofread for spelling, grammar and clarity issues.
9. Save the document as a PDF and send it in with your resume, keep reading for how to nail that.
The low down on resumes:
Try this checklist when looking at your resume to make it more appealing for the interview:
1. Include a summary statement
2. Pay attention to the hard skills you do have
3. Take stock of your achievements and activities
4. Focus on your education and skills
5. Internships, internships, internships
6. Include any extracurricular activities or volunteer work
7. Never include these certain elements: address, DOB. For more details sign up for our online education session.
8. Keywords, keywords, keywords
9. Add a cover letter
10. Customise your resume for each job you apply for.
The info about interviews:
Try one of these 2 responses:
· The similar experience response- show how your previous experience can be translated into their desired experience.
· The no experience ‘show your understanding of the experience and what skills would be required and how you meet them’ response. Include that you are a quick learner and are very eager. Discuss what education you have looked into completing to help bring you up to speed quickly. Show your interest.
Also, do this:
The managers and the panel you meet will look for the following (in amongst other things) so prepare an answer for:
· Your elevator pitch (the ‘tell us about yourself’ question)
· How well you understand the realities of a job you have never done
· Relevant skills applied in other contexts that could help you be successful in this job
· Enthusiasm for the work and a willingness to take the rough with the smooth that comes with every job.
Bring everything from your cover letter and resume to the interview. Repeat things used there. Don’t reinvent the wheel for every interview.
So you have a great starting point here but do you want to go deeper?
Well, click here for a link to our online education session with a free workbook. The session builds on the information above and takes you that step further.
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