It’s the constant struggle when looking for a job in a new industry. You can’t get a job because you don’t have experience, but you can’t get experience because nobody will hire you.
It’s okay, you’re not alone. Constantly sending out your CV doesn’t always get you what you’re looking for.
So how do we solve the ‘no experience’ problem?
Transferable skills are vital. Ensure they are extremely clear on your CV. Despite not having much experience, employers will allow you to develop skills such as communication, multitasking and teamwork.
Being able to market yourself is crucial. If you can do that, then you can begin looking for the perfect roles that suit you! Ask yourself, What do I have that the next applicant doesn’t?
Seek Unpaid Experience
It doesn’t sound ideal but working for free will allow you to gather necessary experience on your CV that might be lacking it otherwise.
Companies love anything free! If you’re not getting a response from regular job applications, then it might be just the thing you need to get your foot in the door!
If you’re finding that there’s no unpaid experience around in your desired industry, try the next best thing. Gaining experience in another industry can give you those transferable skills and a maybe even a taste of a professional environment. Have a look around and begin putting in the hours to maximise your attraction as a candidate.
Don’t be shy, ask for a trail, some shadowing or apply for an internship!
Just give it a go
Some job ads say that “1-2 years’ experience” is a must, but it’s not always the most important thing.
If you see a job your interested in and is suited to you, then just apply. As long as your CV is up to scratch and you’ve shown your skills and abilities, then what have you got to lose? There’s even the possibility that hiring managers will want to bring you in for an interview.
It’s all about getting your foot in the door. Persistence is the most important part of any job search, so make it the motivation behind yours.