How to find a job without experience
By Rilind Elijaz
Are you on the search for a job? If it is your first job search, then you may be worried that you don’t have much experience. However, we have all been there! Starting your career is something that everyone goes through so it may be easier to find a job without experience than you think.
Many employers do specify that they are looking for individuals with experience, but don’t worry! There are always ways to bring out other parts of your life and achievements to help secure your first job! Sometimes, recruiters even look for someone with no experience as there are plenty of reasons to hire inexperienced candidates.
Putting Together Your CV Without Experience
Making a CV without experience may sound almost impossible, but it isn’t. In fact, you just need to learn how to use your extracurricular experiences and find a way to make your personality stand out to a recruiter. What do your hobbies say about you? Have you had a chance to volunteer or help others? All of these details are valuable to any CV and will catch an employer’s attention.
In an inexperienced CV, the recruiter will look for an employee who shows motivation and passion for a particular interest.
Like any job application, ensure your CV is modified to the position available to ensure you have the best chance. Maybe you are looking at a role that requires teamwork? Mention any sociable activities you have been included in or any school group work! Looking for some more details to make your inexperienced CV complete? Take a look at this example of an inexperienced CV for some inspiration.
Creating an Inexperienced Cover Letter
Writing a cover letter can be a challenge, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t do it. You will need to be clear about why you are interested in the position and what you can bring to the role. This is a chance for you to explain your motivation and any extra skills that make you right for the job.
When writing a cover letter without work experience, it is definitely worth looking into the company and their values. So, putting in the effort to find out about the role and the company will give you a better understanding about the position and let you know whether it is the right role for you. After all, you don’t want to go through all of this effort and find out that you don’t match the company!
Doing research into the company can help you stand out as the recruiter will see that you are willing to spend time looking into the company. It may also help you create questions to ask in the interview stage, making you seem more motivated. LinkedIn is always a good place to start, companies frequently update their LinkedIn profile so you can see how the company is currently performing and what they are working on. LinkedIn is also a great place to reach out to employees who are currently working at the company you are applying for or worked there in the past. They can therefore provide you with tips regarding the application process.
LinkedIn also provides a platform for learning, it may be a good idea to find courses that are relevant to the job you are applying to, to help make your CV stand out. This will show recruiters that you have been proactive in trying to gain relevant skills and is a great way to become familiar with different tools.
Entering a Job Interview Without Experience
Once you have impressed the recruiters with your CV and cover letter, you may be asked to complete an interview. This is a chance for you and the employer to find out a bit more about the company and yourself.
Although you may be worried that there may be more experienced candidates, do not fear! The recruiter has picked your application as you have caught their eye. A great trick to getting the job is to try and work out why you have been picked and take advantage of it! An interview is also a great opportunity to show an employer your personality and they can start to develop an image of how you will fit into their company. It will also be a good Idea to check If there will be needed any additional tools, for Instance If you are seeking a remote job in a country abroad, then make sure you arrange with the employer remote interpreting tools to make the Interview go smooth.
Check out this article to find out the top tips for your interview, including what to wear and what questions to ask!
Hopefully, these tricks will help you find your job without experience. After all, we all have to start somewhere, so securing your first job as a student is the best way to start.