A student's or fresh graduate's biggest fear: not being able to get a job because of lack of work experience. I have good news for you! This is one of the myths that may prevent you from building a strong resume. This one is based on the assumption that you hear it over and over again: employers want people with experience under their belts. You can't get a job because you have no experience and you can't get experience because you can't get a job. Here's the surprise. The assumption above is perfectly true. They want! But they cannot always get what they want. Why? The answer is simple. On one hand it's because experienced candidates are promoted or they retire and on the other hand the demand for experienced workers may be greater than the supply. Therefore, employers may adjust their hiring strategy accordingly by accepting candidates with minimum experience or no experience at all but that have lots of potential. They choose to invest to turn them into future workplace … [Read more...] about How to Create a Successful Resume Without Any Previous Work Experience
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So you want to find a good job but you are young and don't have a lot of work experience yet. Well, to tell you a little secret, nobody really expects you to. Of course, you will be highly appreciated if you managed to keep a job while you were still in college, but if you didn't it's not really a problem - employers do understand that you chose to focus on your studies.First of all let's take a look at what could count as experience in the work field. By far, the best fit is an internship. If you were involved in such a program feel free to highlight it - it shows that you were faced with real-life job responsibilities. The next best thing can come from your college experience. For example, being a part of a Student Association or volunteering - these extra curricular activities are also proofs of your abilities to get involved and take responsibilities.But if you don't have any of the above on your resume, you can still get a great job. All you have to do is find your strong points … [Read more...] about What About My Lack of Work Experience?
The IIM panel will therefore stress most upon what you have done in your work experience and how you intend to utilise that towards furthering your career goals. So your ideal preparation for the Personal interview should be to answer the following questions:1) The relevance of your job in the business process of the company: You must understand which part of the Strategic Business Unit your work fell under and exactly what your role was towards achieving the goals of the SBU2) Skill sets acquired over the process of your work in the organisation: What kind of specific skills did you acquire, specifically in marketing, finance, strategy etc.3) What kind of products/services you sold, and what was the turnover, profitability, growth rates over the years that you were working for the organisation4) What was the competition like, who were the industry leaders and how did you recognise the industry leaders. You should be able to specify the defining criteria behind the … [Read more...] about How To Talk About Work Experience For The IIM Personal Interview
For many years I managed a computer training centre. During those years I handled the financials, sales and marketing, human resources and anything else that required input. During this time I also on rare occasions and as an emergency, took over in reception answering the phones. This was not difficult and I did a fair job of it. Certainly never had any complaints! I abided by the easy principle of being friendly to people. I would hazard a guess that I would not be able to find employment as a receptionist as I would not have sufficient work experience.What experience would be considered essential to being a good receptionist? I would guess, being able to deal with people would be the most important. Learning how to use the telephone system would require a maximum of half a day's learning, and any clerical systems the company used, would be different from company to company. This means previous experience would not count.Take this reasoning one step further and apply this to … [Read more...] about Self-Employment And Work Experience
It's easier to find a job than you think. You don't need experience, you just think you do; perhaps that is just your excuse because your job search isn't going quite well - Nobody's hiring me because I don't have any relevant work experience. Bad excuse!Back when I first finished school I didn't have any experience either. I did what everybody else did - I sent resumes in response to job ads in the classifieds. That didn't work. Then I got creative. I was specifically looking for a sales job because that's what I thought that I would like. I thought to myself, what is a sales manager looking for when hiring a salesperson? I knew the answer. A sales manager wants somebody that can sell. How can I show that I could sell without actually having a track record? I could show him.Here's what I did. I was targeting a B2B job selling copiers. I picked out a few prospects and called the sales managers in those offices. I didn't call to ask for a job (not at first). I called the sales manager … [Read more...] about How To Get A Job Without Experience – Sell Yourself Just As You Would If You Were A Salesperson