11 No Work Experience Tips


Our 11 tips to find a job without work experience will hopefully make you move from unemployed to working in a reasonable amount of time; try!

Eleven No Work Experience Tips

1. Brush up

Follow courses, go to workshops, obtain certificates and diplomas and follow an entire course if necessary. This not only helps you to gain the knowledge you need for a job, but also shows that you're committed and motivated. In addition, teachers and fellow students are ideal for building up a large network.

2. Start working (yourself up)

Another way to gain experience is to simply start working for a low or even no fee. It may not sound very appealing, but it's an incredibly good way to get a foot in the door. Go do volunteer work, do an internship or freelance to gain practical experience. Depending on your industry, it may be good to write for a blog to show your passion and talent. Also supplement your resume with relevant projects that you do part-time, during the weekend or during school holidays.

3. Work on your network

A handy way to find a job is through a friend of a friend. But to get there, you'll first have to build a network, both online and offline. Make sure people know that you want to make a career in that and that industry, have an elevator pitch ready to be able to quickly tell you what you can and want and make sure that you haven't only printed your resume but also on Have LinkedIn .

4. Get that pencil!

It's time to take pencils and paper and make a large Venn diagram that will help you on your way to success. Write down all the skills, experiences and personal qualities that are needed for your future job in a circle. Add the skills, experience and characteristics that you already have in a second circle and see where the circles overlap. This diagram shows how you can make an impression in your letter of application and on your resume and what you'll have to work on.

5. Become an expert in your field

Learn everything there is to learn about your industry and job. This not only prepares you for your career, but also helps you when you're networking and during job interviews. To become an expert, discuss in forums, read blogs, and join online and offline groups with like-minded people. Make sure you also know some important names from the industry, both online and offline and locally, nationally and internationally.

6. Get to know the pros

People usually find it fantastic to give advice and to be seen as a specialist on a certain subject. Discover which professionals you look up to and try to get in touch with them. You can do that by email or, if you prefer, with for example an old-fashioned handwritten letter. A good way to make people feel important and appreciated is to ask them what steps they would now recommend you to take. Don't send piles of emails with your resume, because everyone is busy and everyone has an overflowing inbox. And always make sure that the first contact is made before you ask someone for advice or even a favor.

7. Make sure you have a good story

Make sure you have a fascinating career story ready that shows that you're undoubtedly the ideal person for work in a certain direction. People will ask you questions about it (and not so few!) So prepare clear and concise answers. Why do you want to work in this field? What are you going to do to reach your goal? What do you have to offer? This is the time to impress others by showing your passion, enumerating your skills and experience, and finally mentioning your education and thus simply blow over everyone you talk to.

8. Give your resume a brush-up

And now that we're talking about it: make sure your resume matches what we mentioned above. Focus not only on your previous (side) jobs, but also on your talents and skills. Don't get stuck in the past, but look ahead and see what great things you could do in the future.

9. Focus on the 'soft' skills

Multi-usable skills (transferable skills) are skills that you can use with every job and show how you deal with people. These are, for example, interpersonal skills, leadership qualities and communication skills. Emphasize your talents to motivate people, multitask or speak in public. Create a resume where your personality comes first, with all the associated 'soft' skills. If you can show why a 'soft' skill comes in handy when learning a 'hard' skill, then you're almost inside.

10. Aim fairly high

Although you should always have ambition when it comes to your career, it's important to use common sense when applying for a particular job. You're a starter, so look for junior positions where you can learn and show that you can handle the job. Make it clear that you're a beginner but would like to learn, and then add an irresistible amount of enthusiasm, passion and determination.

11. Be patient!

Finally: always be patient and be prepared to start somewhere low. It may take a while before you get to where you already want to be. Making your dreams come true can be quite tiring and may not always seem like a good idea. But if that's what you really want to do and what makes you happy, go for it!

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