How to Get a Job With No Experience

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June 11, 2020
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When are you first starting out in the workforce, finding jobs with no experience can be pretty difficult. So if you are new to the workforce and need some tips, we are here to help. In this article, we'll share some ideas and tips to make getting your first job easier.

What are the easiest jobs to get with no experience?

So where do job seekers start when they are looking for a job with no experience? Someone in this situation will want to look for job listings that say entry-level. If a position is listed as entry-level, the employer expects people applying to have no experience.

This is the best place to start if you have no prior job experience. Most job sites allow you to sort by job level, making your search easier.

Switching industries

If you have been working for a few years but want to do something else, you may need to apply for an entry-level job. If you have no experience in a field you really want to get into, a company may only hire you for an entry-level role. It may take time to build up your experience again, but you might feel it's worth it to work in an industry you like.

There are some jobs that your previous experience might transfer to. For example, if you have sales experience, you might be able to find work selling a different product. If you are trying to find a new job, think of opportunities where your experience might transfer so you don't have to start at square one.

What do you say when you have no experience?

Job seekers can be intimidated applying to jobs when they have little to no experience. Obviously, employers want to find people that would be a great fit for their companies. If you are interested in a role where you don't have the experience, you should still apply, but when you send in your application and cover letter there are some things you should call out so the employers know you are willing to do the work.

  • I am willing to put in the extra hours to learn the necessary skills.
  • I am a fast learner and can get up to speed in a short amount of time.
  • My resume is short, but I'm a hard worker and require little supervision.
  • Given the opportunity to interview, you will see I'm the right person for the job.
  • I have done extensive research on your company and I think I would be a great fit.
  • I would take the time to ask questions and learn what is needed to get the work done.
  • I'm getting my degree at night to add to my qualifications.

Employers want to find candidates that are willing to do what it takes to get the job done, so show the company that you will find the time to do the extra work. If you're currently pursuing a relevant degree, you can list that on your resume in the education section too.

Tips for searching for a job with no experience

Before you apply to a job with no experience, check what the company is looking for in a candidate. Try to find free services or classes that are available in the field you are looking to get into. If you are switching industries, offer to take a pay cut to get a job in a field you are more interested in.

Always search on Linkedin before you apply for a job. If you have a mutual connection at the company, send that person an email letting them know you will be applying for a role. It can be easier to get a job if someone internally passes your resume to the hiring manager.

Getting a job is hard work and even more stressful when you don't have any experience. With a little practice and effort, you will get a job though. Focus your search on jobs that are listed as entry-level or no experience required you will eventually be able to find something that works out.

Frequently Asked Questions

What strategies can I use to compensate for a lack of experience when applying for jobs?

To offset the lack of experience, focus on highlighting transferable skills, such as communication, problem-solving, and teamwork, that are relevant to the job. Additionally, emphasize any volunteer work, internships, or coursework that demonstrate your commitment and potential. Tailor your resume and cover letter to show a genuine interest in the industry and the specific role, and be prepared to discuss how your unique perspective can contribute to the company.

How can networking help me find a job when I have no experience?

Networking can be incredibly valuable as it allows you to connect with industry professionals who can offer advice, mentorship, or even job leads. Start by reaching out to family and friends, then expand your network through professional associations, alumni groups, or LinkedIn. Engaging in informational interviews can also provide insights into the field and help you build relationships that may lead to job opportunities.

Can personal projects or a portfolio help me get a job without experience?

Absolutely! Personal projects or a portfolio can showcase your skills, creativity, and passion for the field. For creative roles, a portfolio of your work can be particularly persuasive. For other industries, personal projects that demonstrate problem-solving and initiative can be discussed in your resume or interview to show employers your capabilities and drive, even without formal job experience.

Dave Fano

Founder and CEO of Teal, Dave is a serial entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience building products & services to help people leverage technology and achieve more with less.

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