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How to Snag a Job When You Lack Experience

September 12th, 2012

Getting a job today seems to be a little tougher than it has been in the past for many people—especially those without experience. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t good jobs available, even for people who do not have the normally required experience. You just have to know how to play up your strengths and get a little help finding the right places to look for these elusive positions. Here are a few tips to aid you in your search.

Tweak Your Resume

Your resume shouldn’t be a dry recital of the jobs you’ve had and their duties and responsibilities. Shake things up and focus instead on the skills you developed in the course of your education and previous employment. You might want to try new categories and headings.

Instead of two categories defining education and experience separately, consider combining the two as something along the lines of professional and educational accomplishments, achievements, qualifications, or even experience. Find one that works for you and use that instead. Use this category to play up your skills rather than to showcase your inexperience.

Volunteer

This is a long-term solution to help you gain important experience in your field but it is a solution to consider. There are tons of volunteer opportunities that will help you develop real skills that are useful in almost any career out there. It’s especially wise to begin volunteering in positions that could further your career goals and enhance your resume. The sooner you begin, the faster you’ll be able to reap the rewards of your dedication and service to others.

Work as an Intern

While it doesn’t exactly pay the bills, internships provide invaluable career experience and can provide an entrance into permanent employment with a company. Most of the time this is done as a student but some companies accept new or recent grads for internships as well. The bottom line is that this is a way to get the experience you need.

Consider being a Temp Worker

Temporary workers receive a fast education in a wide range of fields. They develop a few basic skills and build on them as the requirements of new jobs demand. You can often find temporary work available in chosen professions if you go through a temporary placement service. You may even find a temp-to-permanent position available with the company you’d ultimately like to work for.

Experience is important in the eyes of many employers. However, there are many things in life that provide experience outside the work place. Sometimes you have to make your own experience and other times you just need to learn how to showcase the actual experience you have in a way that employers can understand.

It is possible to land a job, even if you have limited experience. Consider the advantages of working closely with a staffing agency like Concorde Personnel to help you find entry level and contract work assignments to earn that experience along the way.

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