Are you tired of being rejected from job after job because you don’t have the relevant experience?
It can be a vicious cycle not being able to get a job because of lack of experience and not getting the experience you need because of not being given a chance – confusing right?
Luckily, some jobs are slightly more lenient towards the level of experience required and there are many other ways you can make your job application stand out from the crowd. In this blog, we’re going to look at some tips on getting the job of your dreams without necessarily having any professional experience: 1. Get educated The level of education you have often speaks volumes for the skills you acquire and knowledge. Attend workshops and classes and if necessary, get a degree. Employers will be keen to see that you have gained theoretical knowledge within your field and also demonstrates that you have dedication and commitment towards the industry. Within some courses, you may be expected to take on a placement as part of your studies which means you’ll get the relevant experience you need to apply for certain job roles. 2. Volunteer Although you may not be keen to work without a wage, volunteering in your desired sector is often the only way to get your foot in the door. Seek industry-specific charities or offer your services free of charge to companies to see how your skills can be used. Not only will it give you the feel-good factor that you’re helping others, but will also fill your CV with relevant projects that are sure to impress potential employers. 3. Network As the saying goes – ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ therefore, you should waste no time in starting to network. You may have friends right under your nose who can help you get the job of your dreams by simply expressing an interest in their line of work. Networking online is another valuable technique. There are plenty of discussion pages in which you can speak to likeminded people or join social network sites specifically for professionals such as LinkedIn. 4. Research Upon applying for jobs, employers want to see that you are an expert in your field. Regardless of whether you have had the relevant experience, they want to be sure that you have taken the time to research the key trends and developments in your preferred industry. This will not only prepare you for your future career, but may also give you a talking point during an interview when you’re asked questions, such as what inspired you to get into the industry and where your future goals lie.
If you do have contacts in your desired industry – don’t be afraid to question them. They may have interesting pointers for you take on board and perhaps even recommend the next steps to on how to get a job role in your ideal sector. If you don’t have professional experience in your desired industry – don’t panic! It's not always necessary. This guide should give you some useful tips on how to secure your dream job and help you progress in your career.