For people who lack work experience, trying to break the vicious circle, and achieve employment, can be a daunting prospect. Some people fear that all employers want to see CVs comprised of reams of A4 detailing experience before they'll even consider offering an interview.
While relevant experience will obviously be required for high level or specialised jobs, that's no reason to be disheartened - there are thousands upon thousands of roles out there that are perfect for individuals with limited professional experience. This article will explain how anyone can create an effective CV that makes the most of the experience they do have.
Where to start
Individuals with limited levels of professional experience need to know how to market themselves well, so they can make the most of opportunities. Employers will not necessarily be looking for relevant work experience, but they will need to see evidence that candidates have the requisite skills for the positions they are recruiting for, along with the right attitude. For this reason, it's often a good idea to consider some voluntary work before applying. Even completing a two-week placement can make a big difference to a CV, by showing a potential employer that the candidate is willing to commit and make an effort to find employment. Any previous charity work should immediately go on the CV, as should other positive achievements, such as awards from school or university. Even activities such as captaining or playing in a village sports team can show promising traits of leadership andteamwork, so don't leave things off just because they are not professional achievements.
Make an impression
The key qualities employers are looking for in candidates for entry-level business support positions is reliability, trustworthiness and enthusiasm. Anyone who has these core skills will be in a good position to find a role, regardless of previous experience levels. Good employers know they will be able to train and develop individuals with the right core skills, so are often more than willing to take a punt. It's crucial that individuals who lack experience sell themselves well, and convince prospective employers to take a gamble on them, however. Acting professionally at all times is important - from creating a well formatted CV, through to turning up at interviews dressed appropriately. Be sure to research the company and role fully before attending the interview, and practice speaking clearly and making good eye contact in order to generate a good impression. The interviewer is likely to mention a candidate's lack of experience, and many people worry about how to respond to this occurrence. By far the best policy is simply to tell the truth, and talk about the core skills the individual does possess, providing examples of times when they've managed to apply them successfully.
If in doubt, advice and guidance about how to present a CV and make a good impression can be readily sought from a recruitment agency.
At the end of the day, everyone has to start somewhere, and there is a multitude of positions out there for those without a great deal of experience. Getting a foot in the door can be tough but, once achieved, a starter position is often the beginning of a highly successful career.