You're browsing the job listings on Snagajob, and there it is: the perfect part-time job. You're about to click "apply" when you see the dreaded words: "1-2 years experience preferred."
We call this the Experience Conundrum. If you don't have any experience in the field, but employers will only hire someone with experience, how will you ever get any experience? We're here to help. Here are some suggestions for finding great part-time jobs, no experience necessary.
Look for part-time job descriptions that emphasize personality traits, not experience.
As you browse the job descriptions on Snagajob, you'll notice that many employers care more about who you are than your past experience. Look for a job description that matches your personality, and when you apply, emphasize the traits that make you perfect for the job. Here are some part-time jobs that fit the bill.
- AMC Entertainment jobs require that movie theater staff be friendly, outgoing and able to work in a fast-paced environment.
- WIS International jobs in merchandising and inventory are great for people who are flexible, self-motivated and have a strong work ethic.
- Home Instead Senior Care jobs are a good fit for people who are compassionate, reliable and have a knack for working one-on-one with clients.
Go one level down from the part-time job you really want.
Maybe you're not thrilled about running a cash register - what you really want to do is manage a team. Most management jobs require at least a few years of experience, however, so the best way to get the necessary skills is to start at the bottom. Look for companies that actively promote from within.
- Murphy USA jobs are a good opportunity to work your way up to a management position. "We promote on accomplishment 100%," the company says.
- Same for Dunkin' Donuts jobs: "Many of the people who now manage and own our stores started at the ground floor."
- Start out as a guest service representative or housekeeper and work your way up to other jobs at Marriott International.
"I know you're looking for two years of experience, but..."
Even when employers say they require two or three years' experience in a certain field, you may be able to convince them that your past work experience prepares you for the job. In your online profile, talk about your transferable skills: skills like communication, teamwork and organization that are valuable in almost any part-time job.
- Kohl's jobs for sales associates require "prior experience in sales, customer service or other work environment working with the public." Even if you haven't worked in sales, most of us have experience "working with the public" - so talk about that!
- Entry-level teacher jobs at KinderCare Learning Centers require some experience in education or working with children. Have you led a Scout troop, volunteered as a teacher's aide or been a tutor? Include that experience in your online profile.