How To Get Hired with No Job Experience

Looking for work in this economy is hard. Looking for work with no job experience is even harder!   But what if you’re a fresh grad with no job experience? How can you improve your chances of getting hired? Consider the following tips:

Search for entry level job opportunities online. Aside from newspapers, you should also use the internet to widen out your search. Many companies advertise job openings online so you should be able to find more employers that do not require experience.

Join Social Groups And Be Memorable. Recently I meet a young man at a meetup business group event. He gave out his business card resume- which got people talking about how it was the first time they had seen one. He was a recent grad and had a degree in marketing. He asked everyone he met for a card and then followed up the next day by sending a personalized email detailing what he could do for your business and asking for the opportunity to work for a week and if we didn’t see his value, we should feel free to fire him. What made him memorable was that he also talked about visiting our website, what he would do differently and even made some recommendations about our business card.

Be Open To Internship / Volunteer Opportunities: Yes, these opportunities mean you are working for free, but keep in mind you are gaining experience. You are also making contacts in the field that you want to work in! Lots of times these internships can lead to an employment opportunity.

Be positive. Having a positive outlook can make a big difference in how you handle yourself during an interview. Despite not having work experience, you should recognize qualities that make you a qualified candidate. A lot of employers are willing to hire fresh graduates who have good communication skills, initiative to learn and the right work attitude.

Be Proactive. In the beginning, you may need to offer your services for free. This is a smart way to build up work experience. Create your own internship opportunities by contacting a company and offering your services. You may even get the chance to be hired into the company if you show an impressive performance.

Get a part time job while in college. You don’t really need to wait until you have graduated before looking for employment. While in college, you can start looking for companies who are looking for on-the-job trainee students. The employer may offer to give you an allowance in exchange for your time and service. After your graduation, the company may decide to hire you permanently especially if you’ve proven to be an asset.

Answer interview questions confidently. Submitting a resume is only the first step. If you get called in for an interview, you can enhance your chances of getting hired if you can answer the questions with confidence. Employers are not necessarily looking for the perfect applicant. Instead, employers are looking for people they can trust and who can assist them in their company’s growth. This should be clear with the way you answer the interviewer’s questions.

You can search the internet for possible job interview questions which are related to the position you are applying for. Be prepared to do panel interviews as well. Some employers require their applicants to go through different stages of the interview process to see how well they can handle the pressure. You can build up your confidence through practice. Do mock job interview sessions with a friend or a family member so you can practice responding to questions out loud.

Don’t try to hide the truth or lie about your professional background just to get hired. This will only get you into serious trouble later on. Instead of trying to cover up your lack of experience, be honest but let the potential employer know why you deserve the chance to be hired.

Are Resume Business Cards Really a Good Idea?

The venerable business card has become a mainstay in the business world for decades and there hasn’t been much change to it since the very first business card was handed out many centuries ago. What if there was something you could do to make your business card stand out amongst all the rest and show the world that you mean business? I’m not talking about those elaborate clear cards or even the titanium ones that seem to be all the rage; I’m not talking about the card itself at all. Changing the content on the card is what this article is all about.

Why Put Your Resume On A Business Card?

If you have ever taken a good look at a business card, they don’t really hold much information. You get a name, place of business and, if you are lucky, some information about the services they offer. What if you could add more information about yourself on your business cards? Maybe even include a resume of sorts to let prospective employers know who you are and why you are the right fit for their company.

Resume business cards are the newest thing to hit the competitive world of business and they offer much more than their previous counterparts ever did. You can add links to your LinkedIn profiles and include a QR code that, when scanned, brings up a copy of your resume. Having a resume business card isn’t just a good idea any more, it’s a necessity.

Always Have Your Resume Handy

Think about it for a minute. You can’t easily carry a resume around with you everywhere you go for that “just in case” time when you meet a prospective employer but you can carry a resume business card. It will fit in your pocket, your wallet or your jacket and you will always have a copy of your resume handy when you need it.

What Should a Resume Business Card Include?

Things to include on your resume business card are your name and contact information of course, as well as a host of other points of interest including links to your professional business networking sites which can include LinkedIn and any freelance work that you have done in the past. Don’t forget that the card should look professional as this is how you will be portrayed to your prospective new employer. That means no cartoon characters and no pieces of wisdom from your own personal vaults; just real content that is both useful and informative.

If you are in the market for a new career or you feel that you want to be prepared just in case, consider having some business resume cards made today; you never know when you might need it.


How to Make the Most of Your Employment

Having a job is an opportunity that must not be taken for granted. How can you make the most from your employment? In this article, let’s discuss smart steps that you can do to truly benefit from your job.

Be an asset to your company. Being a productive worker can save from the risk of being fired. Better yet, your boss may consider giving you a raise or promotion, in response to your contribution to the company. So whatever it is that you do, give it your best, perform your tasks well and maintain a good attitude towards your job and co-workers.

Communicate your concerns. If you have been working with your employer for a long time and yet you feel that you are not fairly compensated, do not hesitate to speak to the boss. Your employer deserves to know about your concerns.

Your employer may or may not give in to your request but it is still worth a try to ask. Let your employer see that you want to stay with their company and that you are doing your best for the growth of the company.

Contribute to your 401kfund. Contribute to your retirement month regularly especially while you have an employer who shares with your payments.

Set goals. Would you like to be promoted and enjoy a higher salary? If yes, then you need to work hard to reach that goal.  Show your employer that you are striving to improve your skills and knowledge and that you are ready to climb up the next ladder.

Open a savings account and set aside your monthly savings. Make sure that you have a savings account and that you are regularly contributing a portion of your monthly salary for your personal savings.

Apply for an insurance coverage. Does your employer offer medical health insurance? If yes, spend time reviewing the coverage you can get to make sure that you choose the best one for you.

Pay your bills on time. Spend your salary wisely. Stay away bad credit by being conscious about debt repayment. Set a definite budget plan to avoid overspending. Furthermore, you can save money by not paying the interest rates and penalty charges if you are consistently on time with your payments.

Job Finding Tips in 2010

The year 2010 is almost here and if you plan to start your job hunt by January, consider the following strategies:

Check your network. Ask all the people you know – relatives, friends, and acquaintances for possible recommendations. Let them know that you are in search of a job. They might hear about a certain job opening and give you notice right away. Continue reading “Job Finding Tips in 2010”

Practical Tips on Finding a Job Online

Many job seekers use the internet to find vacancies and know which companies they can submit applications to. There are a number of websites where you can simply post your resume online and wait for an interview schedule.

However, with the tough competition among job seekers, what can you do to increase your chances of getting hired? Check out the following tips: Continue reading “Practical Tips on Finding a Job Online”

How to Find Your First Job After College

Each year, thousands of young graduates submit their resumes to different companies in the hopes of getting hired. Are you awaiting a call for an interview from a prospective employer? Have you been waiting for a longer time than you expected? Are you starting to feel frustrated with your job search?

Don’t let an unfruitful search bring you down. Here are practical tips on how to find your first job after college: Continue reading “How to Find Your First Job After College”

Job Finder Tips for Teens

Thousands of teenagers search for jobs not only to earn money, but to gain experience and build-up their resumes. True enough, it may not always be easy to get hired especially since many companies are affected by recession. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t let the recent economic slump prevent you from reaching your goals. If you need a job, consider the following reminders:

Check your schedule.
Some teens juggle at least two to three different jobs in a day. Some employers may be considering if you are still capable of handling a new commitment. Before applying for additional work or applying for an 8-hour job, seriously consider your schedule.   Continue reading “Job Finder Tips for Teens”