Many people who are looking for a job sometimes have trouble getting their dream job because they don’t have enough experience on their resume. This can be very frustrating. Instead of getting upset, here are 7 tips on how to get a job with limited experience:
- Determine What You Want To Do: The most important thing is to have an idea on what you would like to do. Spend your time and energy on getting a job that you like instead of wasting your time with places you would never want to work at. Determine what your skills are and then develop a strategy on getting that particular job.
- Apply To Small Companies: Many large companies get tons of job applicants when a position opens up. This reduces your chances of getting a job because you will lose out to someone who has more experience, or someone from the inside. The trick is to apply for companies with 1-20 employees. Applying to small companies will give you a better chance, and the manager will probably be more willing to train you.
- Network and Be Creative: As always, ask your friends and relatives if they know of anyone who would hire someone with your background. You may get lucky and find somebody. It is always important to let as many people as possible know that you’re looking for a job in a particular field. And, don’t hesitate to pursue creative and different ways of getting your job.
- Volunteer: If no one will hire you because you lack experience, then do some volunteer work. Working for free may not be the best option, but a few hours a week can gain you additional experience to place on your resume. This might increase your chances of getting that job down the road.
- Regularly Update Your Skills: Always get into the habit of updating your skills even during a long job search. Getting more proficient at using a computer or learning how to use the latest software are ways to keep abreast in today’s market. Continuous education in your field of work is also recommended. Learning a new skill could be the key to getting that job that you want. Never assume that you have enough skills and education. There is always something more to learn.
- Don’t rely on Human Resources (HR): Don’t spend too much time working with HR. Fill out the necessary applications and whatever is required of you and leave it at that. Your best bet is to find out who the manager in charge is in the department you would like to work and try contacting that manager. Focus your job efforts on those supervisors who have the power to hire you instead of relying on just HR.
- Be Flexible and Expand Outward: If you can’t find a job in a particular field, then try to find something that might be similar. Expand your “job search net” as wide as possible. The more companies you can find that hire someone with your skill sets, the better your chances are in finding a job.
If you still have trouble in landing a job, then consider speaking with a career counselor for additional assistance. Also, there are nonprofit agencies that offer job search classes, or you could go to your local community college to get some career advice.
About the Author: Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods” – an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com.