Unfortunately, in today’s job market employers want to pay the entry-level salary to someone far above the entry-level. This can be noticed from the way that many entry-level positions state previous work experience in the requirements section. Many wonder though, “How could I have experience if I am entry-level?”. This is a fair question and valid assumption that entry-level workers typically do not have experience. However that doesn’t change the fact that you have to get over the hurdle of entry-level jobs, so we’ve got some tips to share.
ALWAYS Apply Anyway
Don’t be discouraged when you see that requirement asking for 1-3 years of previous experience. Now we’re not saying to go apply to every single job that you might be underqualified for, but if the only requirement you’re not meeting is that little bit of experience, don’t let that be the reason you miss out. While many employers do seek candidates with experience, some of them also just throw that part in with hopes that a super over-qualified candidate will come their way.
Of course, we’re mentioning networking. Networking is one of the most important things you can do for your career in general, let alone when you’re in the midst of a job hunt. Imagine how much help it would be to have someone from the company you want to apply for submitting your resume. That’s basically like a built-in reference.
Sure, this can be hard. We don’t all just know someone sitting around at our dream job to call a favor in to. However, just making your online presence known and using tools such as LinkedIn to meet and connect with the right people can make a huge difference. Having connections within your industry is always useful as it opens a whole new world of opportunities.
Highlight the Experience You Do Have
If you don’t have the industry-related experience you most likely still have work experience in general. Utilize your past work experience to highlight transferable skills that every type of employer likes to see. Time management, communication skills, technical skills and more can all be pulled out of any basic experience you may have. Volunteer work or side projects can be another great way to show experience without actually having any.
Get an Internship First
This is one of the best routes to take if you absolutely cannot secure a role after many attempts. Internships are not just for students. They are a building block of careers and definitely count as relevant work experience.
If you lack that real-world experience on your resume, apply to some internships. It might be hard to find a paid one but unpaid internships are great resume builders, especially part-time ones that can be done while going to school or working a paid job. Once you have that little bit of relevant experience, it will be way easier to break into the industry of your choosing.
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