In a recent blog post, we discussed the steps necessary to get a job for which you might be underqualified. However, what if it’s not a specific job that you’re targeting, but you still feel as though you suffer from a lack of experience overall?
Well, there are some definite things you can do to rectify that, especially as they pertain to your resume. The resume is one of the main ways that you convey to a hiring authority that you should be considered for their open position.
In this blog post, we’ll address specific things that will allow you to present yourself in the best fashion possible, so that you increase the chances that you’ll be contacted for a face-to-face interview.
Below are three ways that you can beef up your resume:
#1—Participate in “peer shadowing.”
Also called “job shadowing,” this activity has many benefits. First, you can gain some of the experience you’re seeking (even if you’re not getting paid for it). In addition, you’ll be able to learn from a seasoned professional as you gain that experience, and there will be networking opportunities, as well.
In order to do this, you need to know somebody in the industry that you can shadow. If you don’t know somebody personally, then reach out to your network of contacts. Chances are good that one of them knows somebody who would be willing to consider working with you in a “peer shadowing” situation.
#2—Engage in training to achieve certifications.
Okay, so you don’t have enough work experience. You can still provide validation that an employer should consider you, and one of the ways you can do that is in the form of certifications. If you work in a blue-collar industry, there are many certifications you might pursue. Some of these are in-person classes at physical locations, while others can be acquired online. Conduct research to find out what is available and which certifications would make sense for your particular situation.
#3—Seek employment in a temporary position.
When you get right down to it, you need experience. “Job shadowing” will help, but to get the experience you truly need, taking a temp position is advisable. In addition to the experience, you’ll also be getting paid, which is rather important. If you can’t seem to crack the job market in a full-time position, seek a temporary role. You’ll gain experience while you continue looking for a long-term opportunity.
Do you believe that you suffer from a lack of experience in your job search? Is your resume in need of beefing up? Take the steps above and better position yourself for career success.
And if you’re currently looking for a new job, don’t forget to look through our jobs and apply for one online today!
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