Everyone could probably relate to this scenario — you are so excited to bag your first job so you browse a couple of job listings both online and offline, submit your CV with a very awesome cover letter, and cross your fingers that the employers will get in touch with you.
The most likely outcomes are either you’ll never hear from the employers or they’ll be kind enough to let you know that it might serve you better if you obtain solid experience first.
Is this currently the story of your life? Learn the tricks of the trade below!
Get in touch with employers who did not even advertise the job.
A lot of successful people have actually started their careers in such manner. However, you need to be clever enough to figure out exactly to whom you should address your letter – may it be a startup, a local newspaper company, or a retail outlet. Volunteer your skills or inquire about apprenticeships.
Make an offer that potential employers cannot refuse
You do not have to exaggerate what you can do for your potential employers. By and large, the following things will make a difference despite you having without the required experience:
- stating results that you aim to achieve once they employ you (e.g. develop an app, write an eBook on a certain subject)
- working for free until the “results” you promised is achieved
- be genuine, show sincerity, and suggest that you can actually be flexible while working for them
Furthermore, be specific with the following when making an offer
- the value that you will provide ( e.g. you can receive calls from customers who want to make appointments or place orders but you will not do outbound calls)
- the value that you want to receive ( e.g. it could be fare allowance, permission to be able to put a job title to your resume, or letter of recommendation)
- the time frame ( say you want to work for them during the afternoons only so you can continue with your job search in the mornings or you prefer to work at home and report to the office every Friday)
Take On Leadership Roles
If the strategies mentioned above doesn’t work, consider taking on a leadership role if you currently belong to an organization or association. How about organizing a Basic Mountaineering Course among your mountaineering organization? Or perhaps spearhead an activity in your church’s youth organization? Leadership roles are often perceived positively by employers and may just be the edge that you need when competing for a job with other newbie job seekers.
Do Not Underestimate Your School Experiences
One of the common mistakes of students who just got out of school is they discount their experiences and accomplishments. The university or the educational institution in which you acquired your current skills is actually a training ground. Did you write for the school paper? Have you successfully organized a sorority auction? Were you one of those students who cleverly used social media to gather students for a campus event? Did you create a survey among your senior class to initiate change in the food served during lunch at the school cafeteria? Try to recall past school experiences, make a list, and find out how you can use them to get the job you want.
Ultimately, a job experience doesn’t necessarily translate to the number of years you’ve spent on a certain job. What you did and what you were able to deliver are far more important for most employers.