How to get a job if you have never worked before
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How to Get a Job When You Have Never Worked Before

Finding a job can be daunting, more so if you have never worked before. Unfortunately, many women, despite having a good education and advanced degrees, are not economically independent. Women, in many societies, never get a chance to have a career for various reasons. Sometimes they opt to stay out of the workforce for raising children. Sometimes, they lack the proper opportunity or resources to start a career. In this post, I have shared some vital tips on how to get a job if you have never worked before.

 Sometimes, getting back to the regular workforce after a long career break is also quite challenging. If you are planning to go back to the workforce after a maternity break, please check out these resources for moms reentering the workforce. 

This post has a list of organizations supporting working moms going back to work. 

 

If you are not in a situation, or not interested in getting back to work full-time but looking for options for working from home online, please read this post for some wonderful ideas on work from home online.

 

Getting a job with no or little experience is always difficult, but not impossible if you want it.

 

Believe in Yourself

About nine years ago, when I was contemplating starting my career, I lacked any prior work experience. I had graduated from university several years prior but had to remain out of the workforce due to personal commitments.


I still recall the suggestions from my friends and well-wishers. Many of them believed I would end up in menial jobs and never establish a proper career. Most of them questioned, ‘With so much competition and such a high unemployment rate, how do you expect to secure a decent job without any prior work experience?’

I was aware of my limitations but never ceased trying and believed in my abilities. Today, my LinkedIn profile serves as evidence that I made the right decision by following my heart. I am not a genius, but I have always believed in the wisdom of Paulo Coelho: ‘When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.’

Unless you believe you can achieve it, you will likely never succeed.


Just because no one else has accomplished something doesn’t mean you can’t.


There is no proven formula for obtaining a job, and despite doing everything correctly, it might take a long time to secure one. This phase may feel arduous, trying, and frustrating, and rejections can take a toll on your mental health. Ensure you never give up on your aspirations and try to surround yourself with positive and supportive individuals. Having friends and family who care for you is crucial during this period.


Some individuals find great benefits in reading inspirational books and watching motivational videos to stay motivated and on track. My personal favorite inspirational and motivational books are Jonathan Livingston Seagull, The Secret, and The Magic. Read this article for extensive information about the benefits of positive affirmation, as well as some recommended books, audio, and videos to incorporate positive affirmation into your daily routine.”

 

Keep Your Options Open

If you have professional and advanced degrees, you may aim to secure a job in your field. However, given the high competition in job markets, don’t be disheartened if you’re not immediately presented with opportunities in your chosen or preferred fields.


In the process of narrowing down your options, you may inadvertently limit your chances of being hired by companies operating in other sectors. Keep all options open by applying to diverse jobs in different fields.


When you’re seeking employment without prior work experience, it’s crucial to be willing to start with whatever opportunities come your way. Gaining experience, making your presence known, and being proactive are essential at this stage. The salary, position, company profile, or industry are secondary considerations.


Gain experience, work diligently, and acquire new skills. Maintain a positive attitude towards your work, develop a passion for it, and find enjoyment in what you do. As you accumulate experience, you’ll gradually gain insight into your future career direction.


Be patient, regardless of the path you choose. Building a successful career typically takes several years.


Update your Skills

When you have a long career gap or have never worked before, returning to school for certifications, professional courses, or diplomas is a good option. You can join part-time or online programs or pursue certifications to upgrade yourself.


Most online or part-time programs do not guarantee placement, but they are legitimate ways to upgrade and refresh your skills and knowledge. Depending on your interests and educational background, there could be hundreds of short-term or certification programs to choose from.


Pros: You gain more confidence. Your resume improves. You have better chances of marketing yourself in the job market.

Cons: Even with certifications, employers might prefer candidates with experience. Be prepared to deal with that.


Sign up For Volunteering or Internship

Once you’ve determined the type of work you’re interested in pursuing, consider seeking out volunteering or free internship opportunities. Volunteering is an excellent way to develop valuable skills and gain new experiences.


When you lack previous work experience to showcase on your resume, meaningful volunteering or internship experiences can significantly enhance its value. Freelancing is another legitimate means of gaining experience. As you strive to launch your full-time career, consider registering for freelancing jobs.


Combining volunteering or freelancing experience with any certificates or diplomas will undoubtedly bolster your resume and your confidence.


Additionally, volunteering can help you expand your network and develop valuable contacts. Some organizations even hire interns or volunteers for permanent positions.

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Networking is the Key

Focus on building a robust professional network by connecting and engaging with people on platforms like LinkedIn. Join relevant groups in your area or industry niche, and consider participating in professional groups on Facebook or Twitter. These networking groups offer several benefits:

  • Connect with professionals from diverse fields and areas of expertise.
  • Access job postings, seminars, events, and job fairs.
  • Establish connections with recruiters and Human Resource professionals from various companies.
 

Make sure to attend job fairs, seminars, and professional events to expand your networking opportunities. You never know whom you might meet at these gatherings. Don’t miss any chance to connect with new people who could potentially offer assistance or guidance, especially if you’re seeking employment but lack prior experience.

 

Use your Connection

The very first job I landed wasn’t through any job agency or online board but through a friend. It was with a small startup in its incubation phase, searching for an administrative assistant. Rather than dealing with the hassle of advertising, they preferred hiring from their contacts. Hearing about the opening from a friend led to my hiring, a moment that changed my life.


When delving into the job market without prior experience or a conventional resume for the field, your application may easily go unnoticed or be rejected. In such situations, personal recommendations can be more effective than traditional methods. Utilize your network – friends, family, neighbors, and former colleagues – to uncover opportunities.

 

Find A Mentor

Having an experienced and supportive mentor can significantly impact your job search. A mentor can assist you in identifying the type of job you should pursue and the companies to target. They can offer valuable advice on crafting your resume and cover letter, as well as help you prepare for interviews. Moreover, a mentor can help you identify potential employers seeking candidates with your skills and qualifications. Importantly, a good mentor should also provide emotional support and motivation throughout your job search.


If you’re seeking employment or aiming to enhance your skills, consider seeking a mentor’s guidance. Reach out to your professional network to inquire if someone would be willing to mentor you. Additionally, consider asking friends or family members if they know of anyone who could serve as your mentor.


 

Make Sure Your Resume Reflects The Real You

Be honest and authentic when crafting your resume and cover letters. Don’t forget to briefly highlight why having a career is important to you.


In a crowded job market with millions of applicants, your resume should stand out and tell a compelling story about yourself. Avoid being just another candidate without prior work experience. Your resume should reflect your passion and determination to pursue your dreams.


Make sure to highlight:

  • Why you want to pursue a career and its significance to you.
  • Your eagerness to learn and grow.
  • All your skills and strengths, including those acquired outside traditional employment settings.
 

If you’re seeking invaluable tips on making your resume stand out, consider reading this post on enhancing your resume’s visibility.


Economic independence is crucial, especially for women. Don’t hesitate to aspire to secure a job, even if you lack prior work experience. Globally, there remains a significant gender gap in economic opportunities and participation. According to a report by the World Economic Forum, bridging this gap may take more than 250 years. Remember, you’ve got this!


If you are looking for some invaluable tips on how to make your resume stand out, please read this post on how to get your resume seen.


Take Care of Yourself

Dealing with a prolonged job search without success, facing numerous rejections, and receiving negative feedback can significantly impact your mental health and well-being. It can damage your self-esteem, leaving you feeling hopeless and frustrated. Don’t forget to prioritize your mental health by engaging in activities that bring you joy. Be kind to yourself, spend time with your loved ones, and stay physically active. It’s crucial to maintain a positive outlook when pursuing a career despite encountering challenges 


Don’t hesitate to aspire to get a job even if you’ve never worked before. Worldwide, there is a huge gender gap in economic opportunities and participation. Based on a report by the World Economic Forum, it will take more than 250 years to bridge the existing gender gap in economic contribution. You got this! 



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29 Comments

  • Scott J DeNicola

    Networking is beneficial in so many ways in life. A lot of times it is who you know. It is hard to be given a chance when you have little or no experience but I agree to believe in yourself. Confidence is key. These are great tips for anyone looking to get a job with little or no experience.

    • Swagata Sen

      Yes, specially during job hunts, one faces several rejections. It is very easy to lose focus or motivation. Self confidence and a very strong determination helps one to keep motivated and focused. Thanks for your commnents, Scott.

  • Mary Lentz

    I think these are all really good tips but I think #1 is really on point. Confidence plays a huge role in interviewing well

  • Fly Away Godddess

    networking and getting certified in as many things as possible is a key to success. Most times people find getting a job to be one of the top stressful parts of life. The key is making yourself an asset.

  • lforsythe7040

    These are great tips for anyone seeking a job! I especially liked your points about not being too picky if you’ve never worked and networking. Having a job in general teaching valuable skills. Even if you can’t get a job in your desired field at first, getting a job and learning those skills is an important step that will help with getting your desired job in the future. I have also had a number of instances were I’ve been given opportunities as a result of networking. It’s so important to get to know people in the field you want to go into.

    • Swagata Sen

      Thanks for such great comments ! yes, I feel by being picky we may lose many potential opportunities. One with little or no experience, should not afford to lose any chances of getting hired.

    • Swagata Sen

      It’s great to know that you also support economic independence and empowerment through education. I feel strongly that education is the key to true empowerment! Thanks for your great comments.

  • Lindsay Rae

    This is such an important topic. I live in Alberta, Canada and in the last few years with the oilfield industry in decline I’ve seen a lot of stay-at-home wives having to get back out into the work field to help support their families. All of your suggestions will make that transition a lot easier for anyone who is looking for work! Great post!

    • Swagata Sen

      Thank you Lindsay! That is a huge compliment and means a lot to me! I would really be super happy and grateful if this post are helpful for those are trying for a transition to help their families. My mission of empowering people, specially to women would be fulfilled.

  • Erica (The Prepping Wife)

    I love your quote about when you want something the universe conspires to help you achieve it. I fully support that quote because I believe it is very true! These are great tips, written in a very clear and concise way. Thank you for a wonderful and very helpful article.

  • Johnny Quid

    Networking is definitely the key. In many cases, it can be the difference between just finding a job, and finding an opportunity that provides knowledge and growth. Never underestimate the power of references! Volunteer positions are great too because they sometimes can turn into full on positions.

  • Elease Colcord

    Volunteering can been such a strength when you don’t have professional experience. I learned so much from taking on leadership roles volunteering in college and beyond– and quite honestly, some of those gigs led me to learn about what I wa good at for a ‘real’ job.

  • Megan McC

    This is a great post about honestly confronting the challenge of kicking off your career with a positive focus. You demonstrate both the hard work it takes but also empower your reader with confidence to take the leap. Well done. Thank you!

  • Subhashish Roy

    Seven great tips for a fresher and in fact even those who are seeking a change.I am into training & have actually spoken about these same insights to many.Good to see it coming from you.

  • Melody

    These are great tips. I’ve always believed that all success begins with a belief in yourself. In job hunting, volunteering and internships would never have crossed my mind, but they would certainly offer a great deal of opportunities. Great ideas.

    • Swagata Sen

      Hi Melody, Thanks! Yes, volunteering and internships are great for gaining experience, learning new skills, building new connections and networking. Sometimes, even for getting a new job opportunity. Many organizations hire their volunteers or interns if they are happy with their performance.

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