Finding a job with no experience in an economy that is already struggling can seem like a truly daunting task. Don’t get discouraged just because you lack professional experience – there are many things that you can do to increase your employability.
Become a volunteer
One way to gain experience in a field is to seek out a volunteer position. Many companies do not post volunteer positions online so be sure to ask a specific organisation if they have any volunteer positions available. Even if it is difficult to volunteer in your specific field, volunteer anywhere so you can show that you have been productive. A great volunteer can often lead to the offer of a paid position.
Alter your CV
Many people wrongly assume that a CV has to only be about work experience. A CV can be functional and can instead highlight skills, education and/or training. Work on a CV that shows your skills and abilities rather than one that simply has a limited work history. Tailor each CV to the job you are seeking.
Network, network, network
Networking is arguably the most important way to find a job when you have no work experience. Make connections through social media professional organisations, family, and friends with others who work in the field. A great reference can sometimes make the difference between getting the job and being turned away at the door.
Job search accordingly
Sometimes job candidates with no work experience get discouraged because they are simply searching for the wrong jobs. Be realistic about entry level jobs that would be a good fit for you. Utilise online and in-person job searching strategies accordingly.
Consider an internship
An internship is different from a job because it often assumes that the candidate has no experience. It can lead to a paid job once the candidate proves themselves, though, so it is an ideal option for those with minimal experience. Some internships are even paid positions and almost all can lead to valuable experience as well as important networking connections.
Ultimately, the idea is to put yourself in the shoes of a prospective employer. What would make you excited about meeting a candidate? The answer is what you need to reflect in your cover letter.