Seeking a Job When You Lack Experience

transferable-skills-gridLinda writes:
I am desperately looking for a job that will hire me but I am afraid they will not even look at my resume since I don’t have any experience. The only thing I can really mention is my having worked as the assistant registrar at my high school during my last three years there. During college I held no jobs and I am very worried I will never find a job because of my non-existent qualifications. I am very good with people but I will never get an interview when they look at my resume. I graduated from college a year and a half ago. I am not expecting to start off with a very high paying job just something that will get my foot in the door.

The Career Doctor responds:
Are you working now? What have you been doing for the past year and a half?

Regardless of your answers to those questions what you need to do is take a hard look at what you did in college. Yes part-time jobs and internships are obvious places where you could have gained valuable work experience but instead of focusing on the negative we should look at the positive.

As you examine your college career I want you to focus on any kind of extracurricular activities you may have participated in as well as the specific assignments and work you completed in your classes. Surely you were a member of one or more groups in college – did you hold any offices or perform any duties as a member? As for your classes did you complete any large projects and analyses?

I suggest you read Quintessential Careers: Fundamentals of a Good Resume along with a related article on transferable skills.

From these two articles you should be able to build a fairly strong resume even without a lot of “real world” experience.


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