How To Get Hired Without Experience

As the spring semester comes to a close, there’s one thing on every student’s mind... SUMMER! During the break, many students look to make extra income, but looking for a job can be very frustrating, especially when you don’t have experience. It seems like every employer says, “We really like you, but we’re looking for someone with more experience.” Whether you’re graduating, entering the workforce for the first time or looking for seasonal employment, here are a few tips to help you in your job search!

Find the Job for You

Take the time to realize what you like and try to find jobs in that area of interest. You’ll be more likely to possess personal traits that apply to the job description.

Look For Alternatives to Gain Experience

If you aren’t having luck getting hired, don’t be discouraged! There are plenty of other ways to build your resume. Volunteering with a small local business or charity will give you experience, and show your humanitarian side. Part-time internships and projects will also build your resume and make you a stronger candidate!

Emphasize Your Soft Skills

You may not be able to display a list of work history, so display your soft skills. Soft skills include attributes such as professionalism, responsibility, leadership, quick learner, a positive attitude, and the ability to multi-task. Exceeding in these areas may outshine your lack of actual work experience.

Create a Portfolio

Highlight about three of your greatest achievements and try to make them relevant to the job as much as possible. For example, if you’re looking for a job as an entry level sales consultant at a department store, then discuss your volunteer work at local/school fashion shows. Providing letters of recommendations from professors/campus organizations will also help you stand out.


It’s a lot easier to network with those in a position to hire you. If you have a chance before your interview, then try to talk with them about your interests, goals and seek their advice. Even if they don’t give you the job they may refer you for another position.

Don’t Give Up

We know it’s not going to be easy, but you can do it! You might be declined a lot of positions, but treat each experience as a new one. Your cover letter, resume, and interview skills should all improve for each position you apply for. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for feedback. At the end of your interview, ask what you could have done better and use that in the next interview. It’s something we all go through, but we can only take it as a learning experience! Good luck!