Aug 14, 2018 - 03:33 AM
If you're wondering if it's too late to get your first job at 21, the answer is absolutely not. In fact, it is never too late to get a job. If you have the knowledge, achievements to boast of, enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn, you may just come off as a more appealing candidate than someone WITH experience.
Lolly Daskal, a Fast Company contributor and leadership development and CEO coach, has some words of encouragement for first-time jobseekers: "Remember that everyone begins with no experience." She also has a few words of advice:
• Embrace your reality and look for entry-level positions. Use this opportunity to learn, grow, and figure out what you really want to do.
• Identify your strongest skills and illuminate those in both your resume and cover letter.
• Emphasize soft skills, as soft skills are just as important to employers are job-related ones.
• Balance confidence with humility. You want to impress employers with your capability but not make them think you have an inflated ego.
• Be open to learning new things.
• Apply to jobs that are right for you. Don't overreach, as doing so is likely to end in disappointment (though, don't set your sights low, either).
It can be difficult to find a job with no experience, but then again, as Dolly said, everyone starts out with no experience. Bearing that in mind, use the other bits of advice from Ms. Daskal and you should be fine.