GRADUATES GUIDE TO APPLYING FOR A JOB WITH ZERO OR RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE

July 11, 2016



Alright you guys, so you know how it is: You're fresh out of college,  ready to take-on the big bad world and all, and finally have that proper job the  college prospectus said you'd walk straight into after college, but you've now found yourself in a  little  bit of a pickle that any twenty-something millennial is far too  familiar with; and that is: you can't get a job without  experience and you can't get experience  because you can't get a job! Which inevitably ends up leaving you in a classic rock-and-a-hard-place situation, right?!

What do you do then?!

Well; there's this one thing you could do to mitigate that utterly unprecedented first  world problem.

 And that is: leveraging that part-time  summer job you've had  whilst you were in college and kind of hated-but-had-to-do-anyway ever since your  first year of college?!

You know what I'm talking about ?! I mean that stint you did in a bar every summer for the last four years,  or that retail job you took folding countless amounts of t-shirts; or even that job you had when you were chasing around innocent passer-bys on O'Connell Street  asking them for donations for that charity you've worked for.

Yeah that one! You need to use that job to your advantage!


And by that I mean, look for any marketable skill you've learned while you were working in that part-time job and apply those skills towards your current job application.

 And this is how you do it:

TIP 1:
ANALYSE THE JOB DESCRIPTION CAREFULLY
Right, so your  first port of call is to analyse the job description and see if there are any keywords  in the description that particularly jump straight out at you and make you think: "Woah, I could totally do that job!"
It could be requirements like "Social Media Management"; "Digital Marketing"; "Blogging", "CRM" or even "Great Customer Relations".
Just be on the look-out for anything that is closely related to what you already know how to do either from being in college or from any part-time job you may have had whilst in college.



TIP 2: 
ASSESS YOUR CURRENT SKILLS AGAINST THE JOB REQUIREMENTS

 Do an inventory of your own skills and list each and every one of them.
Doing this kind of self appraisal will help highlight your attributes and those things which you  clearly  do so well!
To help you do this,  you can even start by answering this basic question: "What am I good at?" This will help bring to light what  your killer strengths and capabilities are.
Plus, doing  this kind of inventory will help make it clear if you have a short at getting the job  or not.



TIP 3:
 EDIT YOUR RESUME/CV AND LOOK FOR ANY TRANSFERABLE SKILLS IN YOUR PREVIOUS JOB
Once you've clearly assessed what your core competencies are, try to ascertain if any of those skills can be transferred towards the new role you're applying for.
For example, lets say you've worked part-time as a Sales Assistant selling shoes for the last four years whilst you were in college, but you're now  applying for a job as a Marketing Communications Specialist because you've now finished college, you could take one of your duties of being a Sales Assistant as " having great customer relations", you could describe that as "fostered impeccable CRM with the customers."


TIP 4:
APPLY THAT INFO' INTO A FUNCTIONAL RESUME/CV FORMAT 

There are four resume styles  that always seem to land job applicants the job; one of which being  a Functional Resume Format mainly because it specifically prioritizes the applicant's killer skills and attributes rather that previous work experiences which may sometimes be totally unrelated to the job post; making it the best resume style format for any graduate  seeking new career opportunities out there.
So, use a functional resume style format to convey your suitability for the role as opposed to a conventional chronological resume. That way, recruiters and Hiring Managers alike get to see your killer strengths first as opposed to that totally unrelated stint you did in the bar every year for the last four years, which, let's face it, is totally irrelevant to your new career goals!

[RELATED ARTICLE: 4 Resume/CV Styles That Will Always Get You The Job]


TIP 5: 
ESTABLISH A CORRELATING DIGITAL PRESENCE

Here's the thing, we live in a digital age where anything is accessible to everyone. Which means that the first thing a prospective employer  is going to do  after receiving your resume is Google you to check you out.
So you need to make sure that when they do, they get to see the 'professional you' and not those #SundayFunday pictures you posted on Insta or Facebook!
So, make sure that your LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Insta, and even Facebook profiles are all saying the same thing. And that is: "she is a competent, reliable individual who's eager to learn new things and take-on a new role!"

So there you have it folks, you're guide to applying for a job with zero or any relevant work experience!




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