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 Find the Right Job Online

Job seekers today can look for opportunities, not just in newspapers and magazines, but from the internet as well.  In fact, many college grads have successfully landed in their dream jobs without ever doing a live interview! Or sending their resume through postmail.  They were able to get hired simply by posting their resume online or sending their resume through email. Continue reading “How to Find the Right Job Online”

How to Get a Job in a Tough Market

There might be problems with the economy and the employment market is not as welcoming as it used to be.  Nevertheless, your success in getting a job will still depend on your effort and strategy.  On this post, let us take a look at the steps you can do to get hired despite the obstacles you may face: Continue reading “How to Get a Job in a Tough Market”

How to Be an Aggressive Job Seeker

Searching for job opportunities today can prove to be much tougher than it was the past years.  With the ever-increasing competition in the market, you won’t be able to get hired if you will remain passive.  As a job seeker, you need aggressively face the three stages of the employment process.  Continue reading “How to Be an Aggressive Job Seeker”

Essential Salary Tips for Fresh Grads

If you have just graduated or about to graduate college this year, congratulations! You have achieved a wonderful accomplishment! No doubt, you have high hopes to land on your dream job and enjoy the compensation you deserve. If you have good grades with an impressive resume, greater job opportunities await. However, getting the salary rate you deserve can sometimes depend on how you well you answer that essential question: “What is your salary expectation?”

In this article, let’s talk about some tips on how you can negotiate a better compensation package with your first job.

Do your research. First of all, you should know how much the industry pays for people in the position you are applying for. You should well understand that your experience as a job seeker can be a major factor when it comes to compensation. In addition, salary brackets for the same position may vary depending on the location.

Consider the benefits. It’s not always about the figures. Some companies may offer a slightly lower salary accompanied with great benefits. For example, what kind of health insurance does the company offer? What about the 403(b) or 401(k) benefits? Will your employer match your contribution? Some employers do offer more than 1% of your retirement contributions. Check the company’s human resources Website so you can be informed about the benefits you can expect if you do get hired. Then you may consider if the deal is worth accepting.

Essential Salary Tips for Fresh GradsDo not give a definite number. The hiring officer will ask you regarding your salary expectation. How should you answer? To avoid giving the wrong answer, it’s best not to give a specific salary figure. If you answer too low, a potential employer may get the impression that you are not confident about your skills. On the other hand, if you give a very high salary expectation, the hiring officer may not be willing to give such compensation and opt to hire other another.

A safe answer would be to give a range of what the industry pays for the position and say that you expect to receive the same compensation. Once again, you should do your homework first regarding how much the current pay is for the particular position you are applying for.

Ask questions. During the interview, you also have the opportunity to inquire so don’t be afraid to ask questions. For instance, you can ask the hiring officer if they offer bonuses or salary increases based on performance. As a newly-hired employee, your starting salary may be low but if you have something to look forward to, such as an immediate raise based on how well you do your job, then you can decide whether or not you should accept the job offer.

Negotiate. If you know that you are qualified and the hiring officer is offering you the job, you should try to negotiate for a better compensation package before you accept the offer. Let the hiring officer know that you are considering other offers as well. In some cases, a company that cannot afford to give a very high salary can make up by giving additional work days-off or other non-monetary privileges. This is the perfect time to speak about your demands. Nevertheless, you should first make sure that you are wanted for the position before you negotiate for a better deal.

Get That Dream Job Despite Lack of Skills and Experience

If you want to be part of a specific industry but do not have the skills or the experience required to get hired for the top positions, don’t be afraid to start from the bottom and work your way up the ladder of success!

Indeed, many successful professionals in various fields of industries started from the sidelines.  Take for instance the experience of Mr. Eric Doyne. His ambition is to excel in the field of bicycle racing.  Although he did not realize his dream of becoming a professional athlete, he was still able to find success in the field that is passionate about, only in a different position. Continue reading “Get That Dream Job Despite Lack of Skills and Experience”