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How to Get a Job When Lacking Experience

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How to Get a Job When Lacking Experience

Whether you are looking for your first job after high school or college, or trying to break into a brand-new field, you may find your lack of experience holding you back from getting noticed. Companies typically want experienced candidates, and this may leave you struggling to get your foot in the door.

The good news is there are ways to get started without having a loaded resume of experience. You just need to know what to do to get that first employer to take a chance on you. These tips can help:

  • Set realistic expectations.

    When you are trying to get your first job or break into a new field, you need to be willing to accept entry-level work. If you are transitioning from a career where you already achieved a measure of success, this can be a big adjustment. While you may be frustrated by not getting your perfect job right away, you need to put in the time and work your way up the ladder.

  • Be open to temp work.

    Employers will take a chance on hiring a temp employee without a lot of experience since the employer knows they are not making a long-term commitment. Doing temp work helps you build experience that you can later put on your resume. The employer who hires you on a temporary basis may also become willing to bring you on full time once you show how dedicated and capable you are.

  • Tailor your resume to show off your skills.

    You may not have a lot of experience, so showcase the skills and experience you do have. Make certain your resume is tailored to the job and demonstrates as much as possible what you can do. If you have not had many jobs, you may want to create a skills-based resume, rather than a chronological resume.

  • Work with recruiters or staffing professionals.

    Recruiters work closely with you to find out about your abilities and then tap into their network to help you find work in your chosen field. An employer is far more likely to take you seriously, even if you don't have tons of experience, if a trusted recruiter recommends you.

Eastridge Workforce Solutions is here and ready to assist you in getting experience to build a strong resume. Contact our staffing service today to find out more about the ways we can help you find a job that will set you on your desired career path.


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