Strategies for Getting that Job
No Experience? No Problem
by Sacha Cohen
Monster Contributing Writer
(This article from the big Jobs website Monster.com stresses non-IQ skills. The first two points relate toAmbition, the next two relate to Social Skills.)
Sure, employers are looking for qualified, skilled applicants, but they also want to know that you love what you do, that you're willing to grow as the job demands and that you have the aptitude to take on additional responsibility.
Take the initiative.
Also, if you are turned down, ask why you were not hired or interviewed. This can give you a better sense of the areas you need to work on. Perhaps your resume is not clearly reflecting your skills. Have several friends or colleagues look at your resume to get objective feedback. Also, in your cover letter, emphasize your skills and your potential, not your lack of experience.
Show your soft side.
Have you worked effectively with a team or on a group project? Don't forget to mention your specific accomplishments in an interview. Employers are just as concerned with how you'll fit into the corporate culture as they are about your understanding of Cold Fusion or Visual Basic. Leading Edge Corporation, for example, offers seminars to improve business and personal communication.
For example, when I graduated from school (lo, those many years ago), I spent hours at the library researching my dream companies. Then I wrote personalized letters to several key people at those companies. A little extra effort to make a person-to-person connection will help you stand out from other applicants and push you closer to an interview.
Know the industry inside and out.
Almost everyone has had this frustrating experience at one time or another: You're a recent graduate or career changer trying to get your foot in the door, but all you keep hearing is "Sorry, you need more experience." And you think to yourself, "How the heck can I get experience if no one will hire me?"
That question, along with "What's in Spam?" and "How did Howie Mandel get his own talk show?" is one of the great mysteries of the universe.
In the IT and tech fields, this problem is all the more daunting since there are so many qualified applicants vying for jobs. But before you give up and resign yourself to a career as a coffee jerk (not that there's anything wrong with that), try the putting some of these strategies to use.
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