One of the most common questions I’ve been seeing from most people looking for a job is ‘how do I approach my job search when I have No experience.’
So, in this post, I want to share with you a key exercise that everyone should follow before sending out your resume‘ and go on interviews.
I can tell you that this has nothing to do with the resume or interview itself. Unfortunately, It usually has more to do with You as an individual. Therefore, you definitely need to pay attention carefully. Here’s the problem that a lot of you job seekers may be facing or experiencing. Probably you’re constantly being turned down for the jobs because you lack the experience to do that job.
The real problem, however, is that you didn’t know how to sell yourself to the employers and get them to hire you, maybe your lack that. In other words, you weren’t able to express your personal brand.
So considering too that you’re probably someone without experience. This is a scenario where you’re just at the very early stages of establishing your career. Also, maybe you are someone who already has had a previous career but you want to switch into another Market or industry field.
However, you don’t have experience in that particular industry. The thing is if you really want to stand out amongst employers, you want to stand out amongst the crowd, you need to have something called a Personal Brand. Something only you know well about yourself, so you would have the passion to sell it and break it down.
What Is A Personal Brand?
A personal brand it’s the definition of who you are or what you’re capable of and What Makes You valuable. However, It has nothing to do with having the same exact experience for that job position or in that industry. Your Personal Brand is much more than the resume. It’s the things you say in an interview.
Even though those are key tools that we would use to help you express your Personal Brand. Think of it this way as an employer what do you think they’d want from someone who was a perfect candidate for the position.?
They would want someone who can demonstrate who they are. For example, by demonstrating a positive demeanor, by showcasing confidence, someone who’s eager, and someone who’s helpful.
They also want someone who can demonstrate what they’re capable of by showcasing what you’ve learned in the past that you can apply to this new opportunity. Then they also want someone who can demonstrate what makes them valuable.
Another example is if you’ve been able to do something or accomplish something in the past. How can you apply that same experience and project it for this new opportunity project for the future.?
What do you plan to accomplish in this new role.? All those individual pieces clearly explain what your personal brand is to them. So what I’m trying to say is if you want to have a strong personal brand you need to be able to connect the dots.
Dream Job, No Experience
You need to be able to use the experiences that you’ve gained and the knowledge that you’ve gained up until this point. Whether or not they relate to this current position from an industry perspective or even from the position job title duties perspective.
It doesn’t matter, it’s more about how did those experiences tie into your personal brand how can you express that and relate that to disposition in front of you.
However, if you don’t know how to connect the dots then you’re likely not going to make it past the first or second round of interviews.
Why? because what’s going to happen if you’re going to keep telling yourself I have no experience for this job, I have no experience for this job. As you answer your interview questions they’re going to notice that the answers are lacking in some way shape or form.
This is because you’re not selling yourself the right way. You must sell yourself whit all the key points mention above through your personal brand.
Use Your Pass Experience in your Interview
Remember, to use the stories and experiences that you’ve gained from the past to articulate who you are, what you’re capable of, and What Makes You valuable.
If you can showcase all that in your interview, then that’s going to really help you to stand apart from the competition.
Personal branding is something that I love to talk about because this is the bread and butter of what I do. So, with this technique, I know how to articulate myself in a valuable way.
It is not hard to have a personal brand. It is like a foundation of yourself that you alone know and can be explained and express.
Remember, when you are in an interview they are do care about your experiences. However, they want to see the value you bring to the table. Be an asset.
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