How to Show You’re Right for the Job – Even if You Have No Experience
February 19, 2020
If you are like most of the job hunters out there, you are probably getting tired of all of the applications requiring that you have a certain number of years of experience before you are even considered for the job.
It’s not fair to people like you who have no experience, but who still have a lot to bring to the table. Finding relevant experience is no easy feat. However, there are a few creative ways that you can boost your resume to help you ace your interview and come out on top.
No experience required!
1. Find Relevancy Wherever You Can
The first thing you should do is take a good hard look at your resume. Are you certain that you have no relevant job experience? You may have more experience than you initially thought. If you’re able to take some time, spend the effort to search for any relevant connections between your past work and your current job application.
Think about the reason you’re applying for this job in the first place. It’s obvious that you are passionate and interested in this job and this company in particular, and that can be used to your advantage. Did the company do something awesome lately? Did you do something awesome at your school or previous gig that you can relate to that accomplishment?
Connecting your lifelong passions and experiences to the company is a great way to make the contents of your resume look more relevant. You may not have a lot of actual experience to offer, but what you lack in experience you make up for with passion and determination. Being able to link your past experiences to this particular job is exactly what recruiters are looking for.
2. Be Honest About Your Inexperience
The worst thing you can do is lie about your experience. The recruiters already know from looking at your resume that you may or may not have ample experience for the job. And in cases where you don’t, you can just own up to it.
When you lie, you’ll have to maintain that lie for the rest of your time with that company. Save yourself the stress by just being up front and by embracing the inexperience you have. Use it to prove how excited you are for this learning opportunity.
You can further demonstrate this point by bringing up an example from your past, even if it is not directly related to the job itself. For example, you can talk about how you used to be bad at drawing, but you motivated yourself to keep practicing. By the end of the school year, you had become the best sketch artist in the class. Any relevant life experience that shows how motivated you become when you are faced with opportunity will definitely land you in the interviewer’s good favor.
3. Be Personal!
Your job interview is a formal conversation, but it is still important for you to make a personal connection with the interviewer. While they are figuring out whether you’d be a good fit for the company, you need to use that time to also figure out if the company is a good fit for you. And one way to convince them to hire you despite your inexperience is to form a personal connection.
Keep in mind that this isn’t an invitation to start recounting your entire life’s history. That will only drive the interviewer further away. However, when you show that you aren’t afraid to share a couple of stories about your life experience and how you’ve come to develop your skills and motivation, you are bound to make the recruiters impressed.
The more you talk about how your experiences have given you good work ethics, the better your chances of getting hired will be.