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5 ways to escape the experience conundrum

Posted: 2015-01-30

Graduate wearing Cap and GownThere are many ways around getting a job that you are fit for but you think you lack the experience in. If you are confident of your skills and think you can perform, meet your targets and deadlines and benefit the company, then little should stand in your way, least of all work experience. After all, how could we ever become experienced bilingual specialists in any job, if every new position requires you to have previous experience already?

The reality is that some recruiters who are less, well, experienced, may dismiss candidates after glancing at a mere number in your curriculum vitae or searching for a very narrow list of keywords only. This leads to a quantitative rather than a qualitative assessment, and your CV could land in the virtual bin before it gets a chance to be seen by a potential employer.

Here are some tips that will help you escape the experience trap and land the multilingual job of your dreams.

The power of LinkedIn

One clever way to do this is by harnessing the help of social media. Sites such as LinkedIn which are designed specifically for professionals and recruiters can be a boon if you know how to use them correctly. Instead of requiring a CV, more and more employers also accept a link to your LinkedIn profile, acting as a public CV.

You can make up for the missing years on your CV asking colleagues and employers to write testimonials for you and by publishing links to presentations you may have made or, if you are a journalist for example, articles that you may have published. You can also ask professional acquaintances to endorse you for skills and therefore establish networks of people who know and trust you professionally.

You can select the skills your connections will be able to endorse you for. Make sure you choose those skills necessary for your next career move.

It might emerge that your prospective employer is connected with you on LinkedIn already, or they know of one of the myriad connections who are giving you a big thumbs up online, which will go a long way in securing the job for you.

Think differently about your experiences

Don't forget to fill in the section about your interests and volunteer activities. Even without formal experience in your day job, volunteering shows to prospective employees that you have made valuable experiences outside the office, too.

For example, an account manager role may require project management skills, and you may not have had formal experience as a project manager. But if you have ever organised a group trip with your friends (creating an intinerary, finding and booking the cheapest flights and hotels, collecting money from your friends, acting as the treasurer for the trip) or a charity event, you should put it on your CV as that kind of skill is exactly what the company is looking for.

Make it personal

Employers are looking for both an impressive track record and for the potential to excel in a job. In our fast-changing economy, potential is becoming more important, and that's your chance. You can make up a lot for missing experience by demonstrating a good attitude, enthusiasm, adaptibility, work ethic, clarity of thinking and communication skills in your CV and cover letter. Make sure you don't send out a generic email for that dream job, but really paint a picture how your personality would be an excellent fit for the employer's company culture and the role at hand.

Get certified

Even without the degree and experience a potential employer is looking for, you can make an impression by doing online courses and certificates. With the high demand for people with coding skills, you could get that coveted job even without a formal degree if you can prove youv'e got the right skills with a certificate.

Start at a lower level and work your way up

Often, you might be the perfect person for the job but it's difficult to get the foothold in the industry or that scope to impress the HR team or the manager you'd like to be reporting to. To make it in such industries, you could apply for an entry level position or a junior level position to get a foot in the door. As soon as you have the job, you can then use your senior experience to quickly rise through the ranks.

To find out if your CV is ready to get you that job, email me now.