Job searching is competitive enough, but it can be particularly intimidating if you’re starting out with little to no experience.
With such negative news surrounding the impacts of COVID-19 on the economy, you can be forgiven for thinking it’s just too tough applying for a job with no experience.
However, it’s important to remember that everyone starts out with no experience. So if you remain positive and focus on the unique skillset you can bring to a job, you can still wow employers even with a light resume. Read on below for our top tips on how to get a job with no experience.
If you’re applying for entry-level jobs, the good news is most employers aren’t looking for people with resumes packed with previous experience. Instead, highlight your commitment to learning new skills, and how you plan to grow in the role.
Employers are looking to hire people who are hard workers, dependable, and ready to learn. They also value the new perspectives that people from outside of their industry can bring to their business. Applying for a job with no experience in some circumstances could even provide the edge over your competition depending on the role.
You’ve found a role and you’re ready to apply, but where do you start? Begin by making a list of all the tasks the job requires you to do and what skills you will need to complete those tasks. These could be listed in the ad quite obviously such as skills with Microsoft Office for example.
Other skills you might need for the job require a bit more thinking and rereading of the job advert to understand what the employer is really looking for.
Once you have completed a list take a close look at how your skills match-up. Be sure to highlight them all in your application paying special attention to the ones most relevant to the role. Soft skills such as your friendliness and professionalism can also go a long way to show you’re the right fit.
If you’re looking for inspiration, the Australian Government has developed a very useful “Skills Match” tool. By entering job titles you’ve held previously, it identifies the skills you have likely developed in those roles and suggests a range of new career and job ideas that might suit you.
Using your personalised results, you can identify those transferable skills and have the confidence to promote and discuss these with potential employers.
Building your network is a great way to give yourself the best chance of finding a job at any stage of your career. Start by setting up a LinkedIn profile and connect to people you know. Also step out from behind the computer screen every once in a while and connect with people through community and professional events.
Talk to your friends and family too. You never know Uncle John’s best mate Tom has a job going unless you ask. These close social connections can be really important for those that need help finding a job with no experience.
A helpful way to build experience is by volunteering. You’ll not only gain new skills and experience that employers are looking for, but you’ll also be able to build on your network and it can help you get a foot in the door.
If you have done workplace experience during school or helped out at your local sports club these too can be highlighted in your application. Don’t underplay the skills you have used in these unpaid roles, just because you weren’t paid doesn’t mean there isn’t value in your volunteer experiences.
Always make sure you’re applying for positions within your reach. Target jobs where you can show in your application that you’ll be able to succeed in the role. Applying for jobs that are out of your reach are a good way of becoming disheartened in your job search.
We hope these tips help you to get a job with no experience. If you require a little more assistance however, you can contact one of our team to help with your search or you sign up for a course to help you better stand out from the crowd.