4 Tips for Overcoming a Lack of Career Experience

4 Tips for Overcoming a Lack of Career Experience
From Recruiter - November 29, 2016

Weve all been there: Youre in the middle of applying for a job, and the dreaded years of experience question pops up. It demands a minimum number that you dont meetbut you know you have the skills to do the job!

What exactly is a career newcomer to do when previous experience is such an emphasized element of the job-hunting process? This metric is even more daunting if youre fresh out of college or have never previously held a job or internship related to your target field.

Should students or those looking for a change of pace be punished for lack of experience?

Of course not!

Instead of suffering constant rejection or feeling stuck in a rut, consider some of the creative ways you can create your own experience and put yourself on the path to a better career:

1. Starta Blog

Blogs are great forjob seekers and career changers.For starters, they allow you toshowcase your wide variety of talents while simultaneouslymaking some money. Blogs are the perfect starting point for beefing up your virtual resume, as they can serve as portfolios of the talents you havent yet had the chance to showcase in the workplace.

For example, consider how a different professionals in varying careerscan benefit from blogging:

- Freelance content and copywriters can showcase their skills and examples of their previously published work in specific niches.

- Engineers and programmers can to show off their independent projects and/or classwork.

- Marketers can display their killer ads and sample copy to prove they have the chops to brand a business.

Furthermore, as long as your blog ticks the boxes in terms of SEO, you can use itas way to generate leads and draw recruiters to you,versus having to scramble for work. If youre currently employed and considering a stealthy job hunt, you want to keep your blog under the radar when it comes to your coworkers; however, if youre currently unemployed, you should market your blog like crazy.

2. Emphasize Your Strengths

Hiring managers are quick to decide whether or not a candidate is worth their time. Some studies say it only takes a matter of minutes; others, a matter of seconds.


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