Finding a job isn't always easy. And when you only have limited experience, you'll probably need to apply for an entry-level position.
If you're prepared to put in the hard work, you can get an income without a college degree. In fact, 62.1% of the workforce has either a high school diploma or no formal education.
But what job types should you look for?
When searching for no-experience jobs, make sure you read the job description carefully to see what’s expected and whether you’ll get training and support.
To help you find an entry-level job, we've put together a list of positions you may be interested in.
We’ll explain what tasks each job includes, the skills you should have, and how much you can expect to earn.
What is an entry-level job?
An entry-level job is one that requires little or no experience. You may need a high school diploma or equivalent, but for some positions, this won't be essential.
Depending on the industry, you may need specific skills. For example, you may need customer service, listening, and cash handling skills. If it’s a job that requires long periods of standing or lifting, you’ll need to be physically fit.
Companies such as Chipotle that regularly advertise no-experience positions may offer a training course to new employees. You’ll usually be supervised by a senior member of the team for up to four weeks.
An entry-level job is a good way to gain experience and earn an income. Industries include retail, hospitality, sales, health, technology, and personal services.
Full-time entry-level positions can come with benefits such as health insurance, store discounts, and retirement savings plans.
Why would you want an entry-level job?
If you're getting back into the workforce after a long period of unemployment, an entry-level position may be a good fit.
Entry-level jobs are often part-time or require evening or weekend availability. Shift work can also offer you the flexibility to fit your job around your family and other commitments.
Getting an entry-level position is a good way to start a career without a bachelor's degree. Once you have a few years of experience, you may be able to progress to a higher position.
The top 8 entry-level jobs that require no experience
If you don’t have any work experience, it's still possible to gain employment. To help you decide what might be right for you, we’ve put together a list of the top eight entry-level jobs.
You don't need experience to apply for these job types, and training is usually provided while you work.
Read on as we take you through a few potential job options:
1. Administrative assistant
Administrative assistants support executives in the office space. Tasks may include taking phone calls, scheduling appointments, writing letters, managing databases, and opening mail.
If you’re thinking about applying for a job as an admin assistant, you could work in a school, hospital, lawyer’s office, small business, or for the government.
Roles are usually full-time, with benefits.
What do you need to be an administrative assistant?
Most administration job applications ask for a high school diploma or equivalent. Training is usually done on the job, but you’ll need some computer skills.
To be successful in this role, you’ll need to be organized and enjoy working with people.
You can improve your chances of getting a job in administration by attending a community college or technical school.
How much does an administrative assistant earn?
The median wage for an administrative assistant is $19.71 per hour or $40,990 per year. You may also like to consider a remote role as a virtual assistant.
2. Customer service representative
Customer service representatives often work in a call center. Tasks may include answering phone calls, solving problems, giving product information, taking orders, and dealing with complaints.
If you’re interested in working as a customer service representative, you could work in an inbound or outbound call center.
Roles are normally full-time or part-time, and there may be night shifts and weekend work.
What do you need to be a customer service representative?
Most customer service roles are entry-level and need a high school diploma or equivalent.
You'll usually get training, and you can expect to work with a senior colleague for a minimum of two weeks. Complex industries may require longer training periods.
To be successful in this field, you’ll need good listening and communication skills. You’ll need to be confident, patient, and enjoy problem-solving.
How much does a customer service representative earn?
The median wage for a customer service representative is $17.23 per hour or $35,830 per year.
You can get a job as a cashier with no previous experience. Tasks may include greeting customers, scanning products, packing bags, and accepting payments.
This role is often a first job, and depending on the company, there may be opportunities for career progression.
Cashiers work full-time or part-time and may get extra perks, such as a store discount.
What do you need to be a cashier?
Some cashier jobs are entry-level with no experience or minimum education requirements. Other employers may ask for a high school diploma or equivalent.
You can expect induction training and supervision from a senior member of the team. They’ll teach you to use the cash register and scanner and help you bag groceries.
To be a successful cashier, you’ll need good customer service skills, strong communication skills, patience, and the ability to stand for long periods.
How much does a cashier earn?
The median wage for a cashier is $12.03 per hour or $25,020 per year.
4. Delivery driver
Delivery drivers transport goods to customers. A range of industries rely on delivery drivers, including food services, eCommerce stores, and florists. Tasks include collecting and dropping off packages.
Your shifts will involve driving for long periods and lifting parcels. Some companies may be looking for a truck driver for large consignments, while others want small transport options for local deliveries.
What do you need to be a delivery driver?
If you want to be a delivery driver, the employer may expect a high school diploma or equivalent. You’ll need a driver’s license, and, depending on the position, you may need your own transport.
You may get training and have an experienced driver travel with you until you feel confident.
To be a successful delivery driver, you’ll need to be a safe driver. You’ll also need patience, good customer service skills, organization, and dexterity.
How much does a delivery driver earn?
The median wage for a delivery driver is $16.51 per hour or $34,340 per year.
Restaurants, cafes, bars, and cruise ships employ servers. Tasks may include greeting customers, taking orders, and serving food and drinks.
You may also need to clean tables, prepare drinks, and take payments. Your shifts may be part-time, and the job usually requires early mornings, late evenings, or weekend work.
What do you need to be a server?
To be a server, you don’t need any previous work experience. There are usually no minimum education requirements, and training is done on the job.
Foodservice can be a fast-paced environment, so you’ll need to be a quick learner and have the stamina to stand for long hours. You’ll need good communication and to enjoy working with customers.
If you’re serving alcohol, you may need to be 18 or 21 years old, depending on your local state laws.
How much does a server earn?
The median wage for a server is $11.42 per hour or $23,740 per year.
6. Veterinary assistant
Veterinary assistants work with animals and support veterinarians. Tasks may include bathing animals, cleaning and sterilizing equipment, holding animals, watching pets after surgery, giving medication, and communicating with customers.
You may work in an animal hospital or a private clinic, and jobs are either full-time or part-time. If the clinic offers emergency care, you may need to work nights and weekends.
What do you need to be a veterinary assistant?
If you’re considering working as a veterinary assistant, you’ll need a high school diploma or equivalent. Most positions offer on-the-job training, with no prior experience necessary.
You should be passionate about working with animals and have a compassionate nature. You’ll need to have good communication skills and physical strength.
If you’re considering a career path in animal care, working as a veterinary assistant is a good starting point.
How much does a veterinary assistant earn?
The median wage for a veterinary assistant is $14.39 per hour or $29,930 per year.
7. Retail sales representative
Retail sales representatives work in different retail settings. For example, you could work in a car dealership, fashion store, or pet shop.
You may also need to stock shelves and answer phone calls. The role of a retail sales representative is usually entry-level, and it can be a part-time or full-time position. Depending on the industry, you may need to work weekend or night shifts.
What do you need to be a retail sales representative?
If you’re interested in applying for a job in a retail store, there are usually no minimum education requirements.
You’ll receive on-the-job training until you’re knowledgeable about what you’re selling.
To be successful in this position, you’ll need to be friendly, have good customer service skills, and be confident handling money. The job may involve standing for long hours.
There may be the opportunity to progress in the company and become a team leader or manager.
How much does a retail sales representative earn?
The median wage for a retail sales representative is $13.13 per hour or $27,320 per year.
Janitors clean buildings both inside and out. They may also be responsible for general maintenance.
Tasks may include sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, making beds, and wiping cabinets. If you work outdoors, you may be responsible for sweeping leaves, mowing lawns, and cleaning gutters.
Janitors are employed in hotels, schools, office buildings, hospitals, gyms, and homes. Janitors usually clean after work hours, so you may have to work night and weekend shifts.
What do you need to be a janitor?
To be a janitor, you need to be reliable with good attention to detail. Most positions don’t require work experience or minimum education.
Most janitors receive training in the workplace and supervision from a more experienced team member. If you have experience in carpentry, electrical, or plumbing, it may be beneficial.
To be successful, you’ll need to be trustworthy, reliable, and self-motivated. You’ll need to be physically fit, have good time management, and have some mechanical skills.
How much does a janitor earn?
The median wage for a janitor is $13.98 per hour or $29,080 per year.
Applying for jobs without experience
If you have little or no experience, you can still get into the workforce. There is a range of entry-level positions that don’t need any formal qualifications.
We told you about entry-level positions and why you may want one.
And to help you get started, we gave you a list of potential jobs to apply for. Our list included administrative assistants, delivery drivers, janitors, retail sales representatives, veterinary assistants, cashiers, servers, and customer service representatives.
We gave you a rundown on what to expect and the average salary for each job type.
All of the jobs on our list come with on-the-job training, and some will give you a clear career path with in-house opportunities. For example, there may be pathways and training for management positions.
Are you ready to apply for a new job? You can browse positions on the Jobcase job search, or visit our resource section for up-to-date career advice.
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I would love to have an data entry job, but I would need something I could do during graveyard hours. I take my daughter to and from school during the day
Agreed. I've applied to several Virtual Assistant/Administrative assistant jobs and they required way more than Business Office Education & Typing I & II. Additional skills are needed.
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Your way off base in the skill level wanted for administrative assistant. They require word, excell, power point, etc. Also what they pay for those positions isn’t true either. Maybe if it’s Union it might pay that.
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