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Posted February 23, 2016 by

4 ways to overcome lack of experience

Have you ever interviewed for a job and been rejected because of your lack of work experience?

When you’re applying for entry-level jobs or internships as a college student or recent grad, this is a pretty common experience. Even though the career services office on your campus may have barked at you incessantly about applying for internships and part-time job opportunities, and your parents breathed down your neck over break about doing seasonal work to make some extra money, you may find yourself with very little work experience to list on your resume at this point.

If that’s the case, today’s Tuesday Tip video and article are for you. College Recruiter’s Content Manager, Bethany Wallace, offers four quick tips in a 5-minute video.


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1. Lack experience? Get some.

Alanis Morissette should have added this to her lyrical list of ironies back in 1995. Recruiters don’t have much sympathy for job seekers without experience listed on their resumes, though. If you lack experience prior to the job search, the best remedy is to seek experience. The sooner you can gain experience, the better.

The worst thing you can do for yourself is to allow yourself the luxury of feeling bad about your lack of experience. The best thing you can do for yourself is to take action. A great first step is to register at CollegeRecruiter.com and search for job opportunities in your area.

2. List all experience.

If you can’t find a full-time job, settle for part-time employment. Combine a few part-time jobs if necessary. It’s best to find part-time employment in your preferred career field, of course, because this allows you to build a repertoire of skills you can use in that great entry-level full-time job you’ll land soon.

If you can’t find a paid part-time position, consider volunteering with a non-profit organization. You might be able to use the skills gained in your academic major to help the organization; this experience can be listed on your resume as well.

Don’t forget to list other experience on your resume as well, including paid and unpaid internships and your involvement in organizations both on-campus and off-campus.

3. Compensate with strong soft skills.

Soft skills are skills which you may have acquired as a college student (but not necessarily in the classroom); these skills are a combination of personality traits and habits which make you a quality employee and a pleasant person to interact with. Research shows that people with excellent soft skills tend to perform well at work; in fact, people with strong soft skills perform just as well (and sometimes better than) people with strong technical skills.

Some of the soft skills recruiters and talent acquisition professionals are looking for including communication skills, a strong work ethic, time management ability, problem-solving skills, and ability to work well under pressure.

When you’re in an interview, think about how you can sell yourself by demonstrating your soft skills. Think in advance how you would answer questions like, Tell me about a time when you faced a difficult problem. How did you solve it?

4. Seek additional training opportunities.

If you lack training which applies to the job opportunities you’re seeking, get some! There are multiple ways to seek training. You can take an extra college course in journalism, for example, if you want to write for your local newspaper but keep getting rejected when you apply for writing positions. You might also scour the internet and newspapers for local writers groups. These groups are free to join, and not only will you learn from other writers, but you might enjoy the fellowship and constructive criticism.

Ultimately, if you lack experience related to your career field, no one can gain it on your behalf.

It’s your responsibility to stake your claim in the world of work.

Taking steps in the direction of gaining work experience can be intimidating, but you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment each time you take one more step.

Why not take one more step forward today?

Work on the draft of your resume. Submit your final draft to the free resume editors at College Recruiter. Make an appointment with the career services department at your local university. Find out when the career fair will be hosted on your campus this spring. Register and search for jobs on College Recruiter’s website.

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Posted June 11, 2015 by

Tips for Dressing Right at Your Next Job Interview

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Businesswoman ready to handshake on a white isolated background. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

You’ve prepared for your job interview mentally and academically, but have you done your fashion research? Don’t let your choice of wardrobe for your interview negatively influence all the other positives you have in place. What will work best for your interview varies with each company. Before deciding what to wear to your interview, look into the every day dress code at that company. Then, choose apparel that is a step up from their everyday attire. It is just as important not to seem over-dressed for a casual work environment as it is to dress to impress in a more formal environment. This article will help show you what to wear and what not to wear to a job interview. We will also highlight how important your interview outfit can be. (more…)

Posted May 19, 2015 by

Don’t Have Enough Experience? How to Land the Job Anyway

Unrecognizable person holding placard with 'Hire Me' message

Unrecognizable person holding placard with ‘Hire Me’ message. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Are you among those people who don’t have enough experience yet? Don’t worry because experience is not as important as you think. It increases your chances of getting a job significantly, but it is only one consideration and one factor when hiring people. If you have little to no experience, then play it down and emphasize the other factors that will get you hired. Which ones?

Think about it, if you were a manager, would you hire somebody that has little experience but always turns up on time, or somebody with 4 years experience that is frequently late or absent? There is more to getting a job than experience! You need to use and leverage your other qualities and features, whilst playing down your lack of experience. (more…)

Posted April 01, 2015 by

Uncovering Job Opportunities In A Dynamic Real Estate Industry

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Real estate word over a modern facade with reflection of a building in the mirror. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

There are not many career fields that have as many interesting and varied opportunities as the real estate industry does. There are many ways to get into this exciting industry. Some may require completing a course for real estate license purposes, while others require either a basic college degree or an advanced degree, with a primary emphasis on real estate.

Some students who have graduated from real estate licensing courses become traditional realtors, either working for an established real estate firm or as self-employed realtors. In fact, about 50 percent of realtors are self-employed. Others, however, go into occupations that have an emphasis in real estate, while being in an entirely different industry. (more…)

Posted March 12, 2015 by

The 3 personality traits businesses look for in students before hiring

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Young girl shows off her personality on interview. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

The beginning of a year is usually the best and most exciting time for students to get hired in telling start-up businesses and companies that have the vision and potential to grow immensely in the time to come. These companies also sought out the best talent available in the country to recruit and fill up the vacant opportunities in order to drive the organization towards the best possible track with the best human resources. Companies throughout their recruitment work tirelessly to find talent that not only are the best possible fit for the role in terms of performance, but also someone who can fit into the culture and vision of that company. (more…)

Posted December 01, 2014 by

Becoming a Sports Team Coach

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Male high school basketball team having team talk with coach. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Being good at a sport is very different from coaching a sports team. Of course, most people who become sports coaches are very good at and highly passionate about that sport to begin with. Sometimes the most successful players of their heydays decide to coach the team of that sport instead of walking into the sunset and hanging up their sporty shoes altogether. It goes without saying that the number one rule of being a sports coach is to know and understand the sport like the back of your hand. (more…)

Posted October 02, 2014 by

7 Personality Traits of a Great Boss

George Brennan

George Brennan, Salary.com contributing writer

Picking a boss, someone you can work with, trust and who can inspire, may be as important to your job satisfaction as the salary and benefits you negotiate.

While you’re making a good first impression, make sure the person on the other side of the table is trying to win you over as well. If he’s looking at his watch or flipping through messages on his smart phone, he may not be that in to you as an employee.

Just as a prospective employer will without a doubt do his homework on your background – checking references and those pesky social media posts – you should take the time to do some research of your own.

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Article by George Brennan and courtesy of Salary.com