‘Experience needed’ is a phrase that most job seekers dread and detest. How are you supposed to get the experience to pursue your dream job if no-one will give you that experience? Whilst many employers will specify the need for experience, you shouldn’t always let this put you off. There are many other ways that you may be able to talk round an employer by highlighting the relevant skills elsewhere. Here are a few of those methods.
Most employers need extra manpower but are on a strict budget. Many will, therefore, welcome volunteers who may be able to lighten the load. There are many sites that you can use to search for voluntary positions. You could aim to do volunteer work for a couple weeks or work it around another paying job. Sometimes voluntary positions may even lead onto full-time roles.
Learning new business-relevant skills in your area can help you get your foot in the door. This may include taking a marketing course to get into a marketing job or doing an accountancy course for a financing job. You don’t always have to take three years out to complete a course – there are many fully accredited online MBA programs that you can fit around a job. There are also week-long courses and day workshops in which you may be able to obtain extra skills. Apprenticeships meanwhile may allow you to study, get work experience and some income.
Know the soft skills needed
Every job requires certain soft skills that you can emphasize. You should highlight these on your application with evidence of where you had to use these skills. For example, a web design job may require creativity, problem-solving and an ability to meet deadlines. Give examples of creative hobbies that you may have, times you solved problems and an essay or previous work project that may have had a tight deadline.
Take up a relevant hobby
Hobbies can show a passion for the main elements of the job. These can look even better on an application if you give proof of achievements you’ve made. You may run a beauty vlog that could be relevant to a beautician job application. You may be part of a creative writing society, which could be beneficial to a writing job. You may write a finance blog that could useful for accounting. Also, consider relevant soft skills learned from hobbies. A sport can show teamwork, whilst instructing a new member of a club can show leadership qualities.
Don’t just reply to job advertisements
If you’re only applying to job advertisements, you could be only accessing half of the available job market out there. Other companies may be considering expanding or hiring within. Contact them directly and enquire for a job on your terms. This will show confidence and passion for the job if you are contacting them directly. You can also be creative – rather than emailing them like everyone else, why not send a physical letter?