Even if you have no job experience, finding a job is easily achievable if you have the right mindset, the right tools, and if you know exactly where to find jobs. There are many companies that love to hire people with limited or no work experience at all; it allows them to give employees on-the-job training to their specifications and liking to help new hires contribute to the success of the company.
Here are a few tips to steer you in the right direction and ultimately help you find your first job.
Having The Right Mindset to Find a Job With No Experience
If you don’t have your head screwed on right you may get discouraged quickly and focus too much on negative feelings towards gaining employment when you have no job experience. It’s extremely easy to get frustrated if you apply to one company after another without success.
To get yourself on the right track from the get-go, you need to focus on positive energy and realize that although it may be a difficult task to get hired, you will prevail through persistence and dedication. Instead of saying to yourself, “Aww Man, I was the most qualified person for the position and I didn’t get the job. I don’t think I’m ever going to get hired,” say, “Yeah, I think I was more qualified for the position than the next person but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to continue trying to find a job. I know someone’s going to hire me eventually because I am talented enough.” Have a winning attitude and you will win!
When you have limited or no job experience at all, you shouldn’t expect to be a top earner within any company. This goes without saying but you’d be surprised how many people turn down a fairly decent job offer because of the low starting salary. There are exceptions to this rule but the general rule is as follows; if the starting salary is low, before you turn the job down, consider how long you plan on being with the company before going elsewhere and/or consider if there is any chance for career advancement within the company. I the future holds promise, take the offer.
To get hired quickly, you cannot take a passive approach and wait for a job to land in your lap. You need to be far more aggressive than ever; make it your job to find a job. A weak attempt at trying to get hired will yield weak results.
Tools Needed to Find a Job With No Experience
The first tool you need is a resume. Even if you applying for entry-level position, it’s always good to have a resume on hand so the employer can see your background and education. Your resume should let the employers know why they want to hire you and even though you can use some online templates to help you with it, try to pick and find one that seems natural to you as a person. Look at your resume as the first job-related task your employer will ask of you and try your best not to be overly promotional of yourself when creating it. Make sure it flows naturally and highlights your strengths!
The next tools you need are one or two nice outfits you can wear throughout the application and interview process. People who have no job experience and are looking for their first job usually get caught with their pants down (no pun intended) when they find they have nothing to wear to the interview. Often times, you can avoid this scenario by saving up for a decent outfit months in advance. For example, if you’re graduating college with a bachelor’s degree within the next five months and you don’t plan on attending grad school, don’t assume you’ll be able to gather up a certain amount of money to buy a couple of outfit you will desperately need for your very first job hunt.
Also, whenever you make contact with an employer, try to avoid wearing excessive jewelry, too much make up or perfume/cologne, and try to look as close to the status quo as possible. You would be surprised at how many people get privately disqualified by making a poor first impression by showing up in outlandish attire and turning interview managers completely off!
Where to Find Jobs That Require No Experience
Finding a job with no experience presents quite a challenge when you’re trying to discover job openings in any area. However, there are a few places you can look to in order to open up a world of job opportunities, free!
1. Job search engines such as Beyond.com, Job.com, Monster.com, and many others, allow you to create a free profile and start posting your resumes and applications immediately. These companies charge employers a fee to place their job listings and this means people looking for jobs are the ones who benefit the most. Their databases are chock-full of local jobs in virtually any area and this allows people to find avenues they would not find otherwise. This is simply the quickest and easiest method to find a local job, especially jobs that require no experience at all.
At the same time, use all other available platforms that advertise job openings such as Craigslist and your local newspaper. Be aware that there are many scams on Craigslist although not as many as in years past due to the company clamping down on illicit activity. Still, CL has been a great resource for job seekers and will continue to do so for years to come.
2. Start networking through social media, family, and friends. Social media has been set ablaze the last few years with job finding opportunities through sites such as Linkedin.com and Facebook.com. You can create a free account and start connecting with other people and although the exact details of how to find job opportunities are beyond the scope of this article, you can easily research this subject and develop your own ways of connecting yourself to employers looking for job applicants.
Your family and friends are great resources to put the word out you are looking for a job. Once you make it known to them to keep their ears and eyes open, it becomes yet another avenue that may lead to a possible job opening which may interest you.
3. Register with a temporary job agency. These companies may be able to help you get your foot in the door of a great job opportunity. History is full of success stories where a temporary worker was eventually hired full-time and went on to eventually run the company!
4. Visit businesses in person. Believe it or not, the old school method of going door to door still works. For example, in a warehouse district, you can conceivably visit a square mile’s worth of businesses within a week if you systematically set a plan for yourself. With this method, you would dress in comfortable professional wear and ask to speak with management at each place of business. Once you make contact, you can try to make a great first impression, state your purpose, and leave a business card with your name, email, and phone number for easy contact should a position become available.
No job experience can work for or against you depending on how you look at it. Keep in mind employers would rather hire someone who shows great promise rather than someone who shows credentials but falls short in the personality category.
There are many qualities employers look for when hiring someone for a job with no experience but the three most important qualities employers are looking for are motivation, communication, and interpersonal skills. They figure a person who appears intelligent, is literate and communicates well with others has the potential be a great asset to the success of their company. They want someone who is a self-starter and can complete tasks without having to be told repeatedly to do so.
Your best bet when trying to land jobs that require no job experience, aside from the three qualities listed above, is to appear confident while staying aware of how the company sizing you up from the moment they make contact with you via telephone or in person. You need to convey absolute professionalism while communicating with them to help them ultimately decide that you are the best candidate for the job.