This day and age it appears that experience can be as important or (in some cases) more important than qualifications, which can bring new job hunters out in a sweat.
So what can you do when experience isn’t on your side and your job search has taken a turn for the worst? Take some advice from our team of leading recruiters here at Pertemps.
Conduct Industry Research:
Regardless of what industry you wish to work in there is always research you can do around the role you want. Conducting research into your area shows your passion and you can include your findings when writing your cover letters, or for use within your interview (fingers crossed!).
Recognise Your Weaknesses:
Employers may not find the fact you have limited experience an issue if you also recognise this – don’t brush it under the carpet. Ensure you address where you feel you lack knowledge (for example, managing a team), and how you’ll strive to learn and make it a benefit to your employer.
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Make your Application Stand Out
If you have decided that you want apply for a role (and so you should) do something a little different with your application. Remember that recruiters and companies alike will sift through dozens or maybe hundreds of CVs, so it’s important to stand out.
There are many different ways to do this, and here are some great examples provided by The Guardian with formats for different roles.
Try and Meet Face to Face
Your CV, cover letter and application can only go so far, so try and get a meeting with someone senior within the organisation you’re interested in applying to. This doesn’t have to be an interview, just a simple informal ‘meet and greet’ can do wonders for putting you on their radar.
There are so many industries out there that are crying out for talented people who may not have experience but have a desire to learn. Start-up businesses are a good place to try, but don’t be put off by big agencies and look whether there are internships and volunteer positions available.
I’ve written over 1,000 blog posts, web content, product descriptions, oh yes and a book too! So I think I’m quite handy when it comes to typing and writing. I remember learning to touch type at school and have kinda developed my own style of typing.
I’ve talked (a lot!) about developing a healthy working environment. Home offices come in all shapes and sizes, I’m lucky enough now to have a proper office, even if it is the gap under the stairs!! But it’s still important to have a good working environment.
Desk : Even if it’s just your dinning table, you will be so much more productive if you feel the part. Sitting on the sofa with your laptop on your knee isn’t going to cut it full time.
Chair : I currently use a pine dinning chair and it isn’t the most comfortable thing for hours of writing. To be productive and type effectively you need to be comfortable. Posture is very important for typing, you need a straight back and arms need to be at a right angle.
Light : If you don’t have the luxury of a window in your office invest in some daylight light bulbs. Vitamin D will make a huge impact on your productivity.
Food and Drink : Fill your office with fruit and water, healthy snacks and drinks that would leave you feeling sluggish and dehydrated.
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Now if your office environment is up to scratch lets look at your productivity. How well organised are you? I have a massive to do list which isn’t always the best method when it comes to sitting down to write. It can leave you feeling like you have a lot to do and makes your brain feel busy.
Think back to your schools days of learning to type. Do you use your home keys? Curve your fingers a little and place them on the ASDF and JKL; keys – these are your home keys. How often do you look at the keys? I spend more time looking at the keys than the screen. To type faster and more accurately you should be using the screen as your guide. However the best way to develop faster typing skills is too practice! Practice using the home keys until you can build up speed. Take Note have developed a Typing Game and I thought I’d give it a go! OMG I was pretty pants! 39 words a minute! How many did you type?