5 Great Tips for Finding a Job When you Don’t Have Any Experience

Are You Experienced?

“Why do I need I.D., to get I.D.?” Common asks in The Questions.

It’s one of life’s unanswerable questions – like, how am I supposed to get job experience if every job requires experience?

At the very least, we can help with that one.

Check out 5 great tips for finding a job when you don’t have any on-the-job experience.

Try the Side Door

Maybe your dream company isn’t going to hire you for the perfect job – but they probably are hiring entry-level positions in other departments. Take a look at customer success roles, or administrative assistant positions, at companies you’d like to work for. Once you’ve got your foot in the proverbial side door, it’s a lot easier to make a move within the company than try to fight your way in from the outside.

Do It Yourself

In other words, give yourself all the experience you need. If you’re a graphic designer in search of work, why not use your spare time to start creating your own site design, promotional posters, or album covers? And then show off your creations on platforms like Dribbble.com or Behance.

The same goes for nearly every endeavor – create your own viral marketing campaign for Nike, build your own iOS app, or start forking code on GitHub. It’s the best way to get noticed.

Network It

We guarantee that no matter your interest, there’s a Meetup group or online community that shares your passion. So stop lurking on that subreddit, stop hiding out in your apartment, and start connecting. Everyone’s been in the same position as you – and while not everyone might be willing to help, you’re sure to find a few people to offer advice, introduce you to colleagues, and also provide a shoulder to cry on.

Let’s Go (Boot) Camping

Even if you’re not planning to work in web development, it’s a great skill to have. Maybe you’re more of a creative type? It still doesn’t hurt to have a strong background in business fundamentals. Start expanding your skill set through free online classes, paid boot camps, or summer programs at a local university. Many course plans offer some measure of financial aid (though it’s important to closely examine the fine print before signing up for any loans).

Think About Interning

For the budget-conscious, taking an internship can often feel like a double whammy – sit around an office with little to do, and you don’t get paid for it. But as more states pass legislation demanding that interns be paid minimum wage, the coffee and copy machine internship is quickly becoming a thing of the past – if a company is going to pay you, they’re going to put you to work.

Internships are a great way to get experience with a far lower threshold to entry – but it’s also crucial that you spend your time in the office wisely. Volunteer to take on projects that interest you, offer to help junior staffers who are often overwhelmed and under-assisted, and make yourself indispensible!