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Posted June 20, 2016 by

How to get a dream job even without experience

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It’s intensely frustrating. You spend years getting further education, you work your butt off, you rack up extra debt, and afterwards no doors will open because ‘you lack experience’ or because university ‘didn’t teach you the skills you need.’ But how can you get experience if nobody will give you a job?

Well fear not; there are actually ways to get that dream job after all, and that’s without first working 10 years at some entry-level position trying to make your mark. It just means working hard right now and showing everybody that you’ve got the mojo to pull it off.
So are you ready to get noticed? Here’s what you’ve got to do.

Do the time

Despite what many young people think, the world doesn’t owe them anything. That means your dream job is not going to get thrown into your lap. If you want it, you’ve got to look for it, hunt for it, and when you found it, battle to get it. So make sure you don’t sit back and wait for something to happen.

Instead, pursue every channel to get the job you want, be it social media, friends of the family, career counseling at university or the classifieds in the local newspaper (some people actually still use those). And apply to everything that sounds close to what you want. Even if you don’t end up wanting it, the experience from going to the interview can be just what you need to wow your future employers when you do land the right interview.

Develop your soft skills

One of the biggest problems employers have with fresh graduates is that they don’t have the soft skills necessary to actually get anywhere in the workplace. By soft skills I mean teamwork, communication, writing and problem-solving skills. An even bigger problem? Graduates think they’re actually very good at those things and therefore don’t take the time to become better at them. Don’t be like everybody else; accept that you’ve still got a lot to learn, then go out of your way to learn soft skills!

Be confident but not arrogant

There is another good reason besides soft skills that many people don’t like hiring recent graduates – and that’s because recent graduates often have a much higher estimation of what they’re capable of than what they’re actually capable of. They come swaggering into the workplace believing that they’ll show these business people a thing or two about how it’s done.

The thing is, often they don’t know how it’s done. They’ve got too little work experience and often too much idealism. They’ve got a lot to learn but think too highly of themselves to realize this is so.

Don’t be that person. Be respectful, accept that you’re still at the beginning of your life and that experience is valuable, but make it clear to your future employer that you’re smart enough to know what you know and driven enough to learn what you don’t. That will impress them.

Prepare for the interview

There are some tricky questions interviewers can’t ask you, and if you haven’t prepared then they may stump you. So take time to prepare. Not only that, but make sure you know the names of the people you’re going to interview with, as well as whatever basic facts you can find online. People will be impressed if you are well-informed. It shows that you care, that you’re a good researcher, that you’re proactive and that you’re willing to invest effort to get what you want.

Show off your expertise

If you want the dream job, you’ve got to show that your skill set is much greater than your limited CV gives you credit for. So you’ve got to show off your expertise. This can be done in multiple ways–by getting an endorsement from somebody who matters in the industry or one of your professors, for instance, but probably the best way is to actually start working in the field. So either start freelancing while you’re still in college, or otherwise start blogging and build up a reputation as somebody who knows what they’re talking about.

Be passionate

Read books and articles in your field, understand theory as best you can, know who the players are, and when you get around to writing your cover letter, show them how much you care. Now don’t be a gushing ninny. You’ve got to be professional, but you still have to demonstrate to them that even though you don’t have as much experience as everybody else in the field, you’ve got more than enough passion to make up for it.

Be a protagonist

You’ve got to take responsibility for your actions or your lack thereof. It won’t be easy to jump the cue. It will, in fact, take a lot of hard work, so you’ve got to prepare for that. That said, it is possible so long as you take the time to be do what you’ve got to do and show that you’re a cut above the rest.

And if it goes wrong, own it, learn what you can from it and get back up again. Then push on. That’s the only way it’s going to work. You’ve got to be the hero of your own story, because otherwise you’re the victim. And who hires the victim?

Jonathan Emmen, guest writer

Jonathan Emmen, guest writer

Jonathan Emmen is a student and an inspired blogger from Copenhagen. His passion is writing, and he finds inspiration in traveling, books, and movies. You can follow him on @JonnyEmmen or you can also follow him on Kinja.

Posted September 04, 2015 by

Losing A Dream Job- Learn How You Can Handle The Situation With 6 Easy Tips

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Losing your dream job seems like a nightmare as it rips your self-esteem to shreds. Not only such a situation leaves you with a very limited lifestyle but sometimes, it also pushes you into deep depression and stress. However, below you will learn some wonderful tips that will help you cope after losing your dream job and start working towards a new career: (more…)

Posted February 06, 2015 by

Write a CAN DO Cover Letter!

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Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

During tough economic times job interviews are difficult to land, and some of them more so than others depending on the industry that interests you. Your cover letter must show who you are as a person, as well as a professional. Be sure to add examples and statements that communicate clearly that you’re someone who is eager to work hard, meet expectations, help advance the company’s bottom line, get along with colleagues, and promote harmony wherever you are.

I call this a CAN DO cover letter because it lets the employer know that you can do the work required of the position he or she wants to fill. (more…)

Posted August 14, 2014 by

Want to Write a Resume Recruiters Will Notice? 7 Tips to Achieve this Goal

Job seekers, if you’re wondering how to impress recruiters with your resumes, the following post has seven tips that will help you achieve this goal.

Having been one, I know this for a fact: Recruiters are a cynical bunch! Having spent a large portion of their professional lives reading resumes, they have seen every trick in the book. And this makes them extremely hard to impress…

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Posted April 23, 2014 by

Have Something to Say to the Boss, but Don’t Want to Lose Your Entry Level Job? How to Handle the Situation

Are you on an entry level job, and have something to say to your boss?  If yes, then the following post has advice on how to handle the situation without losing your job.

If you think you’re the only person who’s ever dreamed of chucking a ninja star at your boss, think again. The sadistic smartphone game Beat the Boss has been downloaded eight million times and spawned two highly popular sequels. Beat the Boss is billed as a game to relieve pent-up

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Posted April 17, 2014 by

Young Professionals, Busy with Recent College Graduate Jobs but Want to Further Your Education? Try Distance Learning

While young professionals are working on recent college graduate jobs, some may have a desire to go back to school.  So, how can they make this happen?  Distance learning could be a viable option, according to the following post.

The internet has made our lives undeniably easier. For example, 30 years ago it was literally impossible to order a signed copy of Simon & Garfunkel’s Sound of Silence from eBay as you lounged around in your underwear stuffing chips into your mouth. It was also impossible to comment on a picture of a cat who “haz cheezburger” or

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Posted December 30, 2013 by

Have a Dream Entry Level Job Outside Your Comfort Zone? Take These Steps to Approach It

The dream entry level job you want is at your fingertips, but there is one problem.  It’s out of your comfort zone.  However, that doesn’t mean you can’t pursue it.  The following post offers steps to take in approaching your career decision.

You found a career choice that looks perfect for you. It sounds exciting. You’d be awesome. The only problem? It’s way outside your comfort zone. Fact is: for many of us our dream career is often one step beyond what feels comfortable or achievable. But does that mean you shouldn’t go for it? Heck no! Follow these steps…

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Posted December 17, 2013 by

Uncomfortable About Something on Your Entry Level Job? The Difference Between Tattling and Telling

We all want to feel safe in the workplace and fit in with our coworkers.  However, if there comes a time on your entry level job when you feel uncomfortable about a situation and want to report it, make sure you know the difference between tattling and telling.  Learn more in the following post.

Since grade school, authority figures have embedded in our minds the key differences between tattling on someone and telling someone information they need to know. Little did we know these definitions would be essential terms that would carry over into the workplace. What’s the difference? Tattling: ratting out a coworker so

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