Maybe you’re a high school student on the hunt for your first job. Or perhaps you’re looking for a career change and are ready for a new adventure! Either way, you’re likely faced with a common obstacle - finding a job without experience.
If you think it's time to panic… think again!
Identify educational programs or courses that are reputable, respected, and most importantly offer skills that translate into real-life situations. With a variety of online learning platforms, such as Coursera, Lynda.com, and Udemy you have scheduling flexibility and don't have to attend in-person training courses to acquire new skills.
Online courses are a great way to learn something brand new or even brush up on your skillset!
If you don't have the desired level of experience, it’s important to be viewed as trustworthy and willing to learn. Recommendations are a great way to support your case! Ask your contacts from past jobs to give you a reference highlighting your skills and abilities.
Expert tip: You can request a 'praise' right from your Jobcase profile!
Before you pass over a potential job opportunity just because you don't have the required experience, make absolutely sure that’s true! Think about past jobs and try to draw connections between the experience you need and the experience you have.
Remember, do not have to be exactly the same… the key word to keep in mind is relevant. If you've organized a meeting or answered phones, that's admin experience! If you've set up a successful Facebook page or created a flier, those can be considered marketing skills. Learn more about soft skills and think outside the box!
Be okay with not knowing everything required for a specific role. When talking to a hiring manager, be sure to emphasize your desire to work for their company. Voice your willingness to learn and take on new challenges!
Reach out to family members, friends, past coworkers and local career centers in your area. Let them know you are ready to start looking for work, or that you're open to new opportunities.
Be prepared to react quickly send out resumes and set up coffee-chats with individuals that could help you get a foot in the door.
Expert tip: Grow your virtual network by joining the conversations in the Jobcase Community
For more tips and work search advice, visit the Jobcase Getting Hired Resource Center.