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How to Overcome A Lack of Relevant Work Experience

There’s a fine line between a lack of experience and a lack of capability. You may have less experience than other candidates, but you can still turn out to be more qualified for the job.

How?

By overcoming the obstacle of having no experience. It’s true when the experts say that experience isn’t everything. You may not be professionally qualified for the job, but you may have learned certain skills and behaviors that the recruiter values most.

Here are some ways to overcome a lack of relevant work experience in any job field.

 

1. Show the recruiters your results

If you are a results-oriented person, let the recruiter know that! People from all areas of the workforce will agree that as long as you can get the results they need, then you are likely a good fit for the job. Focus on communicating well, rather than trying to jump through hoops to prove yourself.

For example, you can talk about a past experience you’ve had. Maybe you dealt with a unique challenge or issue. How did you deal with it? What steps did you take to improve the situation? What did you accomplish? How were you recognized for it in the workplace? This proves that you know how to get results despite what experience you may or may not have.

 

2. Focus on helping the business grow

Today’s world is focused on rapid growth. It matters less to the recruiters what your experience is – all they want to know is whether or not you have what it takes to help grow the business. During your interview, make sure to tell them how excited you are about the job. Perhaps you can come up with a list of ways that you can help the company grow and earn money. This is sure to impress them, and it will allow you to gain an advantage over your competitors despite your lack of experience.

 

3. Don’t wait to get hired

No experience? Do something about it! You can gain experience through your own initiative. You don’t need to wait to get hired in order to have more experiences to jot down on your resume. Start a meetup group, publish a blog, or offer services to your friends and community members while you are waiting for your next job.

This is a great way to gain rich experience before your next interview. This will also show your prospective recruiter that you know exactly how to get results without needing to wait for direction. You are a go-getter, and you can accomplish a lot when you are self-motivated.

Additionally, research shows that younger candidates are more likely to volunteer or participate in charities than older people. If you’ve been a part of an organization that you are passionate about, that absolutely counts as experience! Don’t be afraid to include that on your resume.

 

4. Focus on your mindset

The recessions of the past have made new candidates feel like they should just take any job they can get. You may internalize this and convince yourself that you are neither qualified nor deserving enough to get the job.

It’s time to change your focus.

You are qualified, and you can get a good job because you’ve worked hard. Ask yourself if you truly think you deserve the position, and why you are beating yourself up for no reason.

And you aren’t alone – many people feel this way. But it’s important to remain positive, both internally and externally, in order to change your whole outlook. You can bring a lot to the table, and you are a valued individual. This can shine way brighter than any experience can!