Worried you won’t get the job you want because of a lack of experience?
Maybe you haven’t had a job before, or you’re switching to a completely new role.
As long as you’re not trying to run the company with your first application, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be in with a chance.
Really think about what kind of roles you want to apply for and create your resume based on that. Don’t make it a list of the places you have (or haven’t) worked before. Expand on the experience you have had and delve into the skills you acquired and the lessons you learned. A new employer might be looking for some transferrable skills with a fresh perspective for their new role.
If you’re asked in for an interview you really have your chance to shine. Make sure you go in with knowledge of the company. Show how much you care about the position by doing some research beforehand. If someone with years of experience comes in before or after you with the experience but no real enthusiasm or knowledge, you’ll come out on top.
Think about how your attitude and personality comes across. Arrive early, well presented and with a big smile! Show that interviewer you are not afraid of uneasy situations and that you want to learn. Without being too pushy, you need to show your determination, as well as your desire and ability to pick up new skills.
But also think about any skills you already have through hobbies or previous experience. Maybe it isn’t outlined in your past job descriptions, or maybe you weren’t paid for something, but you learnt to do it anyway. For example, maybe as a waitress you spent some time picking up shifts behind the bar. Or as an office admin you sat with the sales team. Or perhaps you write a blog in your spare time and want to get into a media role.
Trial shifts are a perfect way to show off skills like these. Hospitality jobs in bars, cafes or restaurants will often offer trials to see how well you do. Make sure you know your rights though, a trial should only be about an hour or up to one shift only.
Employers outside of hospitality might ask you to come in so they can see you work, maybe with tasks, mock sales calls or speaking to customers.
Don’t sit back and wait for an employer to take a chance on you though. Think about what you can actively do yourself to make it easier. Get an RSA, an RCG or a white card so that you’re ready for those jobs that have extra requirements.
According to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, there was a rise of 5.9% in the number of Australians training in non-trade professions in 2016. More industries like retail, administration and ICT are welcoming trainees, which could be a great way to get into roles if you have no experience.
Don’t feel disheartened if you’re worried about experience. Jump onto the Found app and make sure all of your skills are in your profile and fully explained. Then just get tapping!