“How do I get a job when I don’t have any experience?” We hear this question a lot from first-time job seekers, teenagers and folks who don’t think they have any job experience.
Do you really have no job experience? Think about it. You’ve probably done some volunteering, lawn care for the next-door neighbor, babysat for somebody up the street--these jobs are perfectly fine to include on an entry-level resume, so don’t discount the experience you have from working those positions.
One job seeker who we met was 15 and looking for her first job, and she used her experience baking biscuits with her family every Sunday morning to apply to a biscuit-making job. That’s perfect! This is the kind of initiative that employers want to see in a first-time job hunter. They’re looking for people who are smart and who can apply themselves, and in this instance she already had specific experience doing the job that they were looking for.
Look for any skill or experience you can highlight. Just because you weren’t paid for it, doesn’t mean it’s not valuable to employers. For most entry-level jobs or summer jobs, employers are really looking for a great attitude, so make sure you bring whatever experience you already have and you should be set.
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