Applying for your first job can be quite daunting if you are unaware of what employers are looking for in a candidate. Yet, it is not uncommon to chance upon a job advertisement for an entry-level job stating “minimum 1 year working experience” or ” relevant working experience is an advantage”. So, how do I get a job without much experience?
It is normal to feel like you do not have many achievements to talk about in your resumé or during interviews. However, here are 3 tips you can think about in communicating your value to potential employers.
Reflect on your Interests and Skills
The projects and assignments you worked on in school can be an insight into tasks you might enjoy at the workplace. If you had a flair for presentations and leading projects, you may want to consider a career in business development where skills like leadership, persuasion and influencing are valued. If you fared poorly at tasks involving high amounts of detail and numbers, you may want to avoid careers that involve high amounts of structure and routine.
Showcase Relevant Achievements in your Resumé
Experiences from volunteering, school activities, and CCAs involve deliverables, deadlines and interpersonal skills, and can be akin to working in a full-time job. Such experiences are a great way to showcase your achievements! Instead of just listing down your long line of experiences as a waiter in a restaurant or an organising committee of a charity event, consider the skills you have acquired in the process and list down the achievements in hard numbers.
Example: Planned and organised a charity event for over 300 participants, and demonstrated effective stakeholder engagement and presentation skills when seeking for sponsorship
Research and Prepare for the Interview
A survey of 2,000 employers found that the most common mistake by jobseekers is having little or no knowledge about the company. Not to worry! Here’s a checklist to ensure that you’re ready for the job interview.
Familiarising yourself with the most common Interview questions and rehearsing your answers is also crucial in acing the Interview. Read more about Answering the Top 5 Interview Questions.
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