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5 Great ways get you a job even with little experience.

Here are five great ways to help you land your first job even when you have little experience.

Use the Traditional Methods that everyone knows. These include using the internet to check jobs on company websites and job sites like monster, check craigslist careers section every day, have a great resume with perfect grammar, read about behavioral interview methods, have excellent grooming and attire, show up to interviews 5 minutes early, know about the company, etc.

Recruiters: if you have a professional skill or college education, recruiters are a good way to find a job. Their motivation is to shove you into any job (they get paid regardless of your satisfaction) but be clear about what you want and what you don't want, and they'll usually come through with something relatively quickly. Recruiter websites are also great resources for learning tips and tricks.

Guerrilla Marketing: If you got no experience and have gotten nowhere with traditional methods, it's time to get creative. If a job calls for personal skills or assertiveness, put on your best suit/dress, grab a stack of resumes, and cold-call potential employers. Just walk in the front door without an appointment, explain that you don't have an appointment but you would be a great candidate, and see what happens. Remember that somebody, somewhere, wants to hire someone like you, and it's in your interest to help them find you, and the only approach you should not consider trying is something that would personally piss off a prospective employer. This works best for relatively small companies, or branch offices of big companies, because you can't just want into the lobby of a big company headquarters and expect the receptionist to let you in without an appointment.

Aiming for a big company? Get an in with someone on the inside (Google around for ideas) and ask them to send your resume to HR. They get a referral bonus if you're hired, and HR almost always gives personal attention to employee referrals.

University Clubs: If you are in college, join a professional society in your major. First, it's great for a resume that probably isn't too crowded with experience yet. Second, these clubs frequently bring in guest speakers from locally-based employers, and these speakers usually collect resumes at the end for internships and new hires. Third, if a company in industry X is looking to hire, a regular place they look is the industry X club at the local university, and officers in the industry X club are usually first in line for being hired.

What do you do if you have little or no job experience? . Job experience is a broad term, and if you don't have a lot, is open for lots of creative interpretations. Think back to anything you've done in the past that had any responsibility or involvement that could sound good if described in the right way. Being a summer counselor is 'work experience.' Having a summer dog-walking business is 'work experience.' Start your own club for anything is an example of leadership, which belongs in the work experience category. Basically, come up with your top five 'experiences' for your resume, and if you don't have five, get creative in how you present your past. Remember, NEVER directly lie on a resume but it's okay to stretch and bend the truth as long as you stay on the right side of truthiness.


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