The ‘Job and Experience’ causality dilemma

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Here is the scenario for most fresh grad job seekers: according to the news, there are tens of thousands of  jobs available. However as the job seeker goes online, they find that most jobs are looking for years experience which they do not have.

Thus leaving this infamous catch-22 scenario: you need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience. How does one escape this endless cycle?

 

Get rid of this negative mentality

Be Positive!

Do not let the phrase bring you down, as what consumes your mind controls your life. Do not give up! Send your resumes to companies you are interested but are not hiring. This might seem desperate, but sometimes doing it might just be able to secure yourself an interview with a company that you are interested to work for.

You do not have to be 100% qualified to get the job. There will always be training needed for newly hired employees. Furthermore, it is fine to apply to companies that require up to 2 years of experience two years are considered relatively fresh grad to entry level jobs.

 

Set yourself a goal

Make a target for you to reach for example: apply to 50 companies a month. Out of the 50 companies, there will be at least a handful that will respond to your submitted application. Go to a local career fair and network there. Meet with business owners and recruiters which might get your foot in the door.  

 

Conduct research

Always do your research on the company you are interviewing. Analyze the reasoning of why is there a job vacancy, the job requirements, what the job needs, and why you are a great fit to the company. Include real life situations of where you are responsible and trustworthy. These experiences can give you a level up from a many fresh grad applicants.

 

Prepare responses

So you were shortlisted for an interview. During an interview, expect a question like “Why should we hire a person that lacks experience compared to a person that has it?” This is a difficult question to answer. One possibility could be admitting that lacking experience is something that the job seeker cannot win however, the job seeker might have more up-to-date methods gained from their courses in their education which may prove to be an advantage.

 

Prepare a short list of questions or statements whereby the employer might object hiring you. Then, prepare a short response of why that statement is not right. Be cautious on choosing your words for this! You do not want to escalate this into a debate or a heated argument.

 

Focus on the small details

Doing all the talk and not being able to show your accomplishments on your resume can be one of the reasons you were not shortlisted for an interview. There are many websites that offer a free resume evaluation from experts. These evaluations will take a few days to process and they will give a detailed feedback and a rough impression of what the recruiter will think of your resume. By fixing those issues highlighted by the experts and focusing on your strengths and skills, you will easily pull the interviewer’s interest and have a high chance of getting a job.

 

Never stop learning

Whilst searching and applying for jobs, learn new stuff. Never stop learning – even when you have completed your education. There are online courses that you can take for free, or google for courses offered in your city. Doing this will enable you to network with people and practice your socializing skills.

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