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How to get a job with no experience - good advice for beginners

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Everyone needs relevant experience - that is, experience working in a similar position, ready-made skills and abilities, backed up by real achievements in a particular field. What to do if you are a student or graduate of a university, and have never worked before? What should be presented to a potential employer as evidence of the fulfillment of tasks?

There is a way out!
No one was born a ready-made sales manager or financial director. Each of us once looked for work for the first time. The first time is always different from all the other ones. And here, along with a certain amount of luck, it is important to know the key factors for a successful job search without experience.

There are three of them:
●    correctly define your career objectives;
●    choose a suitable employer;
●    present yourself so the employer could hire you.
We will talk in detail about each of these steps so that you can successfully apply them in practice. Plus a little luck ... And now you were hired for the first time! Bingo!

Step #1. Correctly define your career objectives
Most importantly, your first job reflects your career aspirations. Imagine a situation: you want to be a cook, you like the process of preparing various dishes. You are pleased when the results of creativity bring pleasure to others. You could become a high-paying chef in the best restaurant in a city or country. Or maybe they would open a chain of their own restaurants, write a dozen books and top a chart.

Then you need to start in your theme: learn to cook with the masters, practice in gourmet restaurants (more about this in Step #2). But if your dad is a doctor and your mom is an engineer, and both of them dream of you to become a programmer and take a worthy place in the promising IT industry, then you do not have a place in a cool restaurant and the prospect of doing what you love. NEVER. These paths do not cross.

You become a programmer, not having the opportunity to fully reveal your talent, you will be burdened by your work and wait for the weekend when you can gather friends for a picnic prepared by yourself. And not of any of its own restaurants, copyright recipes, and numerous fans. Home-work-computer in open-space-coding. And no prospects and desires to reach new heights in the profession. And if you add stable income, a loan for an apartment and a family that you need to support ... You will no longer have the chance to go and borrow experience from a chef with a world reputation for a cheap cost.

Step #2. Choose a suitable employer
The first job is needed only in order to get the required skills in the chosen profession, the first entry in the resumes, and present the relevant experience the next time! Therefore, the first employer must be chosen in accordance with this principle.

Numerous studies and polls suggest that modern university graduates are primarily looking for offers from employers promising fast career growth. But the key to success in finding the first job is to accept that you are not looking for a job for a quick career or money. You need a company that can teach everything that is needed in the profession so that later you can safely present your skills, knowledge, and experience to the next employer. And in order to "sell" yourself more expensive, you need to have something to sell. That is exactly how this “baggage” is worked out and it is worth doing in the first place of work. Of course, you may be lucky enough to prove your best, and the first employer will offer career advancement in a year. But do not count on it ahead of time.

Therefore, the criteria of the first employer should be as follows:
A well-known company, the more recognizable the brand of your first employer will be, the more valuable your experience in the eyes of the next employer will look. As a rule, experience gained in international companies is most valued.

A company with a developed system of training for beginners, where you will really be taught everything you need, as a rule, companies with a world-known often recruit newcomers with no experience in an internship.

The position, department, or field of activity of the company should correspond to your career aspirations.

If these criteria are met, the rest is unimportant. Even if they pay you “penny” and do not indicate any career prospects, but you can master the profession of your dreams in a year, you don’t need anything else. Having gained valuable knowledge, skills, and a cool entry in the resume, you can easily find a job with a higher salary. You will have relevant experience for which most employers compete in finding candidates for vacancies.

Step #3. Present yourself so an employer could hire you
Of course, with no experience, it is difficult to find a job and introduce yourself to a potential employer. Therefore, below we have given recommendations that will help you get your first job.

How to look for a first job:
●    Search for job offers with no experience and send resumes;
●    Search for internships at reputable companies and apply;
●    Search for internship opportunities on the websites of international companies in the section "Jobs" or "Career" and apply;
●    Look for training courses with the possibility of appropriate placement (frequent practice in IT companies);
●    Search for campsite offers with appropriate placement for the best job seekers;
●    Look for friends (feel free to search in social networks in advance) who work in the companies you are interested in and can send your resume to the personnel department (in many companies such recommendations are very welcome and even rewarded, this is called “referral programs”);
●    To get acquainted with people who are successful in the field of your professional interest and who can potentially take you to work or recommend to colleagues (companies may occasionally need newcomers who can quickly learn and give all the best to work) you can attend events and places where you can meet successful managers.

 

How to prepare an attractive resume

The main task of any resume is to show not just your strengths, but precisely those that are important for a potential employer. As a rule, companies that consider candidates with no experience expect that you will come and quickly learn everything. Therefore, it is worthwhile to mention that you are capable of doing this, and are interested in mastering the profession as best as possible.

Often, beginners are expected to have an active attitude to life, the ability to work in a team, perseverance in the pursuit of goals (focus on results), and the ability to quickly learn. Leadership qualities, analytical abilities, and organization skills, as well as the ability to persuade and communicate effectively, are appreciated.

There is no detailed “Work Experience” section in the resume, but you can instead create the “Projects” or “Participation in Projects” sections. There you can list various manifestations related to your social activity in a university or youth organizations (you may have been a group leader, or a volunteer in some important social project, or a team leader in business games, a captain of a sports team, etc.)

Many recommend starting a resume with the “Objective” section. But you should not write general phrases there like “find a job where I can best realize my talents”. This does not work, because employers are not aware of what talents you have, and even more so cannot take responsibility for your self-realization. On the contrary, it’s better to write something very specific, for example, “start a career in the procurement department and grow into a successful purchasing manager in a year”.

The “Skills” section can be very informative, where you can list everything that you can. In addition to standard computer skills, it is important to point out something that makes you stand out from other job seekers. Perhaps you can take pictures or process photos, edit videos, draw in 3D, set up ads on social networks, drive a car or organize holidays. These skills will distinguish you favorably, and maybe someone wants to invite you to your team.

 

How to get a job interview

Usually, an interview with an employer is not only interested in facts about you that has already become known from the resume, but to a greater extent you, as a person. The success of the interview largely depends on how confident you will feel and conduct the conversation.

In addition, the employer will be interested in details about those qualities that are important to the company. If you value analytical skills there, tell us about a situation where you had to find and analyze a large amount of information during the preparation of the thesis. Describe it so that the task does not look very simple, and your role in solving it was key. Make sure to stock up on life examples when you have shown your strengths. You may need 4-7 such examples to look convincing.

So, if you correctly defined your career objectives, chose the right employer and were able, with the help of our recommendations, to present yourself so that you would be hired ... Congratulations! You got your first job. Next time it will be much easier to “sell yourself” because you can present real achievements and experience as a confirmation of your professionalism. And some of our recommendations will help you in the future.