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3 Things You Should Do to Get Hired When You Don’t Have Much Job Experience

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Have you ever read through a job description, got to the qualifications section, saw the required experience, and didn’t apply? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. You may think just because you don’t have enough relevant experience, the hiring manager won’t give your application the time of day. While there are of course limitations to this, there are ways to land a job that you may not have much experience for. Here are three things you should do to get hired when you don’t have much job experience.

Customize Your Resume for Every Job Application

Even if you lack relevant job experience, you can build your resume up by thinking about different courses you’ve taken (whether in school or via online platforms), projects you’ve completed, internships, volunteering, etc. Also, think about how all of this relates to the job you’re applying for. Read the job description to know what seems to be the most important factors of the role. How has what you’ve done in the past related to this? How can you leverage what you have accomplished, outside a professional environment, to show you’re potentially a good fit for the role?

Customizing your resume for each job application will take longer than sending it out in mass, but the effort will pay off when you start getting contacted back by hiring managers. If you apply to jobs without much experience without customizing your resume each time, chances are low you’ll get much traction. You will be rewarded by putting in the hard work now!

Educate Yourself About Your Field

Become an “expert” by educating yourself about your desired job field. Do everything you can to learn about the ins and outs of your industry. What are the top trends? New technologies or processes? Start building your “field knowledge” by taking classes, attending workshops or seminars, doing online courses, getting certificates and diplomas, and if you have to, earn a degree.

Not only will this help you gain knowledge for the job, but also show your dedication and commitment. Employers and hiring managers will take notice of this; just make sure you highlight these knowledge steps in your resume as you apply for jobs!

Work with a Staffing Agency

If you want an additional leg-up in finding a job but lack much experience, consider working with a staffing agency. Working with a recruiter will help you access more job opportunities, save you time in your job search, give you resume and career advice, gain a job search advocate, and you’ll stay in their database until the right position comes along.

Don’t let a lack of experience keep you from applying for jobs you believe could be a good fit. Just because you might not meet the experience qualifications listed in the job description doesn’t mean you should pass up at least applying for the job. Tailor your resume for each application by considering what “non-professional” experience you have from classes, volunteering, or projects you’ve completed. You should also educate yourself as much as possible about your desired field to gain knowledge about the job you want. Finally, consider working with a staffing agency to help you land a new job.

About EG Workforce Solutions

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But what’s more, we get to know people. From employers hiring to candidates looking, we take the time to listen and learn. We hear your likes, talents, and needs. We gain an understanding, and with it, we’re able to facilitate lasting relationships between businesses and people.

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