How to Apply for a Job You Have No Experience for

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When first beginning the job search---typically directly out of college---most jobs in a chosen field require some sort of experience. This makes obtaining your first job rather difficult if your resume has a large blank space in the "experience" category. However, to improve the chances of receiving the job---or at least an interview---there are a few options available.

  • Obtain an internship. Although most companies do not provide compensation for internships, they provide valuable experience toward your given career field. Often, an internship can lead directly to a job offer with the company.

  • Offer your services on a volunteer basis to a company that is in your field of schooling. Most companies will not turn down free work. Free labor cuts down on business costs, and you gain experience for a job in the future.

  • Apply to a "support level" position at a company that you would like to work for. If several years of experience are required for the position that you really want, you most likely will not receive a call back. However, if you apply for a support role that requires little to no experience, you may find yourself with a job offer. Then, once you prove yourself capable, it is possible to receive a promotion to the job you had your eyes on.

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