5 Ways to Make Up For A Lack of Job Experience
Weeks of scouring through tons of job posts and you’ve finally found your dream job. Kudos to you! Here’s the next problem: you don’t quite tick all boxes in the job description or required experiences listed.
You should still apply even if you don’t meet every single requirement. You’ll never know if there are keywords in your resume and cover letter that may appeal to the hiring manager and land you an interview opportunity.
Always remember, the hiring process is part of Human Resources, where the human factor plays a big role. Once you get the interview and connect with the interviewer on a personal level, they may be willing to overlook the fact that you’re not a 100% fit for the role.
If you’re lacking in the experience department, here are five things you could do to help you get a foot in the door of your dream company:
1. Pimp Your Profile With Keywords
If you think you’re under-qualified for a certain role, don’t apply with a one-size-fits-all resume. Take your time to carefully dissect the job post and pay attention to the words used in the requirements. If you have skills that match the verbs in the job post, then include those words on your resume and your LinkedIn or Wantedly profile too!
By doing so, you’ll pass through the initial screening, whether by bots or a human.
Psst...laying out keywords on your profile is also important because you’ll never know which companies are scouting for your skills on Wantedly!
2. Plug Your Name With Social Media
Did you know you could escape the rejection pile with a little name recognition? Let the hiring manager get to know—and recall—you and your name through your social media presence. Use your social accounts to engage with various aspects of the company by commenting, liking and even sharing their blog and Facebook posts.
3. Reach Out And Link Up
Why stop at liking their content? Stand out (even more) by connecting with the hiring manager on platforms like LinkedIn or Wantedly, where you can view the profile of the hiring manager who posted the job post you were drawn to. This will help you catch the recruiter’s attention and keep you on top-of-mind recall.
For what it’s worth, proactively reaching out to current employees of the company also goes a long way in putting your name out there. You could also find out first-hand what it’s like to work at the company, and it also presents the possibility of a referral.
4. Perfect Your Elevator Pitch
An elevator pitch is a quick synopsis of your experience that you can present in a short period of time. It should summarise what you’ve done so far, what you’re doing now, where you see yourself headed, and describe why you are the perfect person for the role.
Essentially, this pitch helps you prepare for the inevitable “Tell me about yourself” question that hiring managers will surely ask in an interview. Having a thorough and concise introduction will impress them.
5. Confidence Is Key
Even if you know deep down that you’re not the most qualified person for the job, don’t let a hiring manager sniff it out. “Fake it till you make it”, right? Project your charisma by speaking clearly and confidently to impress the hiring manager. If you act and sound confident, people pay more attention to what you have to say.
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