- By Check-a-Salary
- Posted Thursday 05
th March 2020
At some stage in life, everyone has to embark on the first steps of their career-mostly school leavers, or those finishing university courses.
Getting a job with no (relevant) experience also applies to those who are looking to change career and seek work in a different sector. It also applies to parents returning to work once their children have grown up - whilst they have the experience, it might be that they have little, or indeed no, relevant experience for the career they now desire.
So, for anyone who is about to pit their wits in the employment market and start looking for a job despite having no experience, or at least a lack of relevant experience, where should you start?
You have probably known this point has been coming for some time, so hopefully, you have put thought to what job you want and why you want it.
If you haven’t already done this, take the time to speak with people in your network, which might include family, friends, possibly careers advisors and any other contacts who work in sectors that appeal to you. By understanding their career journeys, it can help you reflect on what piques your interest.
Maybe their advice will convince you to follow your passion. They will probably encourage you to reflect on areas such as lifestyle balance and what money you reasonably hope (or need) to earn. If so, consider the house you would like to live in, the cars you’d like to drive and the holidays you wish to take. Do you intend to send your children to private school, or does your motivation come from wanting to retire at a younger age?
Your contacts may challenge you to consider how committed you are to working long hours or if you are willing to do long commutes and possibly even global travel.
Have you put thought to which industries excite you and what the career prospects are like in that chosen industry? It might be that you need to consider what ‘average’ looks like in that industry and reflect on whether that is enough for you. Can you envisage yourself working in that sector for a long period of your life and what do you want to achieve?
You might be striving for the top; if so, consider whether this industry can give you what you want? Will it satisfy your ego, will it pay you enough, will it enable you to fulfil your ambitions?
Furthermore, reflect on what skills are required and what further training you might need to do. Are you willing to make the necessary commitment?
If you still need further information, you can research certain jobs and industries on the internet - LinkedIn and Glassdoor are great places to start!
You can identify people from the industry to approach - contact specialist recruitment companies or talent acquisition managers, HR Managers and even Line Managers from the industry that you are targeting.
If you prefer to meet people, then start attending exhibitions in industries that appeal to you.
Once you are convinced you know the industry you wish to work in, you probably need to write a CV.
How to write your CV!
- Ideally, your CV will be less than 3 pages as normally less than 30 seconds is spent reading it so make sure it is concise and easy to follow. Ask someone to proof-read it and critique it constructively.
- An overview outline of your personality and your skills is a great place to start, especially if you have no work experience.
- If you have had part-time or previous work, be clear about your duties and achievements.
- Use bullet points to emphasise points.
- Are you on social media? If so, link to these pages. This can enhance your chance of winning interviews. Be proud of who you are but make sure the information you share is appropriate. Prospective employers would rather read about your charity work and hobbies and gain insight into your family time, rather than pictures of you painting the town red!
- References or a quote from former teachers, lecturers or other notable people is important.
- Contact details are obviously imperative.
- Tailor your CV for the job you are pursuing.
- Cover letter - This a great chance to engage with the reader so give them some headlines about your suitability and again, it provides you with a great opportunity to give the reasons why you are suitable for the sector you are targeting.
Best Channels to find work
Job Sites - Learn which job boards suit the type of position that you are interested in. Is using a job board aggregator a better place for you to start your job search? Find jobs you like and start applying.
Social Networking - Social media is great, it helps you keep connected to people, but you will also find lot of jobs there as well.
Agencies – They’ve got the contacts, relationship and jobs you want.
Companies – Organisations are getting better all the time at recruiting people directly. It is important that you approach talent managers and build relationships with them to ensure that you are on their radar.
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