★ Know the industry
★ Immerse yourself and have an opinion
★ Network your way to work
★ Identify the skills you need
★ Work for free
★Ask for an interview
Knowledge is power, make your brain a sponge and soak up all the information, news and insight you can get into the industry and type of role you are aiming for. Passion goes a long way in demonstrating why you're worth a shot.
Follow influential opinion former's in the industry, company and role you want to work in on Twitter and LinkedIn. Join relevant groups, follow blogs and sign up to forums. Post responses to questions and start to get your name and opinions out there - it will go a long way to showing your passion and knowledge on a range of subjects. Being able to confidently get your opinion across is a valuable skill in any role, but is key to demonstrating understanding and knowledge in the absence of solid experience.
Make a list of all the skills that are valuable to (and listed in job ads for) the role you're looking to get. Then list your own skills: technical and computer, communication, problem solving and research and managerial. Use examples of when you have demonstrated these skills successfully to tell a story of why you have what it takes to be given a go. For example, if you led a successful student campaign at university include this in your CV. Or if you have held a volunteer position that has used these skills, include this too. Transferable skills are relevant and will demonstrate that you have the right qualities for the job.
Research the path that people most commonly take to get that ideal job, connect with people through tools like LinkedIn and Twitter, and search an apply for internships, paid and unpaid to improve your network and gain some experience you can really build on.
Join industry societies, volunteer and apply for internships and work experience in as many relevant places as you can, you'll not only gain valuable experience, you'll build a network and get a foot in the door. Once you're in, be keen to take on responsibility, demonstrate your skills and lead projects or initiatives.
If you don't ask, you don't get. Be honest and seize the opportunity to show someone how much you deserve a chance. You have a much better chance of convincing a manager to hire you if you can tell them why you're right and demonstrate through examples, why you have the relevant experience to do the job. Be confident in your skills and ability any recruiter will respect your passion and effort and that's half the battle.
If you are good at public speaking, writing, training, listening and facilitating teamwork. These are skills you can develop through writing classes and membership in a Toastmasters club.
Identify problem solving and research skills. Students and bloggers have finely honed research skills that can be an asset to a company. People with organizational or office management skills can also boast exceptional problem solving skills.
If you have ever led a project at your job, through a charity or among-st friends, then you can add leadership skills. Write down experience where you were asked to communicate with different departments or organize a group project. Many employers are looking for people who can work independently and in a team environment.
List all of your computer skills. This can include working with Windows and Mac operating systems, typing over 60 words per minute, proficiency with PowerPoint or other Microsoft Office programs, web programming, blogging, content management systems, databases, graphic design and more. If you don't have any computer skills, take free or low-cost courses at your local library and add the training to your skills list.
Work at an internship or volunteer post until you get a job.The longer you work in the industry, the better.
Many people begin volunteering after their first year of training, so that they can gain industry knowledge and determine if it is the right field for them.
If you are unable to get an internship, you should volunteer with the organization on evenings or weekends. Obtaining a volunteer position can be easier than getting an internship with a stipend or college credit.
In some industries, such as the non-profit sector and the health industry, volunteering can be as valuable as an internship. Once you begin to volunteer, ask to take on more responsibility or lead an initiative.
Apply for internships, paid or unpaid. Look on major job search engines, Craigslist and company websites. Begin an internship as soon as possible.
★ Identify the job or industry that you would like to work in.
★ Choose your ideal job in that industry.
★ Apply for internships, paid or unpaid.
★ Start volunteering.
★ Work at an internship or volunteer post until you get a job.
Breaking into an industry or switching to a new field requires you to earn an entry-level job where you can improve your qualifications. Getting hired into a brand new field requires confidence and drive; however, most people are unaware of all the skills and qualifications they can transfer to the workplace.
I am an agreeable person. The employer wants to know that no matter what situation you are put in, you're going to be a team player-and that you're not going to create confusion, conflict, problems, or challenge their authority.
I will complete the job/assignment you give me with excellence. The employer wants to hear that, no matter what, you are going to make it happen-that you're going to get the job done and do it to the best of your ability.
I am easy to correct and instruct. I am teachable. If there is something that's not getting done, or if you're not doing it correctly, the employer wants to know that they can approach you to discuss the situation and that you're not going to fly off the handle or think you're superior.
I am a loyal employee. I will not talk poorly about you. I will do everything I can to promote you and help promote this business. While I am working for you I will always be the best employee-whether for 1 year or 10 years. And should I leave, I will be rehire-able, and I will leave in an amicable and responsible manner. Prospective employers nowadays understand that asking employees to make a commitment to stay for 10-or even 25 years-just isn't realistic. Loyalty isn't about longevity. It's about being a committed and responsible employee while you're with that company.
Every employer wants to know they can give you instructions once and you'll get the job done. I guarantee you that no employer wants to micromanage or ask an employee more than once to do something no matter what it is.
It makes a potential employer feel better to know that you're confident in your abilities and talents-and it's also a far better alternative than just telling them, "No, I don't know how to do that," and possibly excluding yourself from consideration. As I mentioned earlier, just because you haven't done something previously doesn't mean you can't do it or never will be able to … And who knows? With time, you may even do it very well.
Just because you've never done something doesn't mean you can't do it. And it surely doesn't mean you can't excel at it. If you're asked a question about prior experience regarding something you've never done, the best way to answer isn't to say "No, I've never done that." Or, "No, I don't have experience in that area." The best way to handle the question is to say something along these lines: While I have not had any direct experience in XYZ, I am a fast learner, and I am confident that I could (do, manage, direct, handle, etc.) XYZ successfully and exceed your expectations. And an effective way to enhance your previous confident response would be to share with the hiring manager about a time when you did do something very similar-or something that could in some way relate to the experience they are asking you about.
Don't make an essay out of your answer. Talk about your schooling as it relates to the position. Tell them things you have done outside of your classes that are related to the position.
Maybe even a part time job that is somehow related plus things you have written about that are related. Also briefly talk about your personal interest in this position and how you feel passionate about your career and future line of work. As a general rule, you should not discuss your personal life, hobbies, family, etc. Because that's not what they are looking for.