Getting a job without experience is nearly impossible but at the same time you need a job in order to gain it. This is one of the greatest paradoxes that almost everyone will one day face. 

Below are a few tips to guide you along getting a job with no experience. 

  1. Educate yourself
  2. Sell your transferable skills 
  3. Network
  4. Tailor your CV
  5. Internships or entry level job 
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1. Educate yourself

Become an expert by learning everything there is to know about the job and career field. Attend workshops, enrol into a course, obtain your diploma or even a degree .

This will not only prepare you for the career – it will also show employers that you are qualified and committed to the career field. 

2. Sell your transferable skills 

Work experience may be important but so are your soft skills and overall work ethic. Transferable skills such as; organising, leadership, and communication can be what sets you apart from other candidates. 

Your CV should showcase and sell these skills in all their employable glory. 

3. Network

Without a certain level of experience to back you up, you need to be trustworthy. Having a strong group of connections to recommend you will do just that.

This could be your lecturer, a mentor or any one else that is well respected professionally. For more on the importance of networking, read here. 

4. Tailor your CV

Tailoring your CV for each job you apply for can be time consuming but it makes all the difference.  

Even though you may not have the experience, review the job description and instead include the skills you have that are relevant to the job.

5. Internships or an entry level job 

Internships or an entry level job is a great way to kickstart your career when you have little to no experience. This may include working for little to no money but the experience itself is priceless. 

In short, it will fill up your CV, equip you with new skills and give you real-life work experience. 

What can I Study? 

Bellview Institute is an accredited distance learning college that allows you to study high impact career-focused courses from anywhere in South Africa. It is especially convenient for aspiring professionals who want to work and study at the same time. 

We are dedicated to helping you kick-start your dream career. 

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Author: Layla Theunissen
Date Published: 18 December 2020