a young graduate with red hair has a sad face, because she struggles to get a good job

Everyone has to start somewhere. Even the most successful managers, politicians, and business tycoons had their first job one day (or their first business). Some of them started their careers as mailmen, some were flipping burgers at McDonald’s…

Getting a first job isn’t superbly difficult. You just have to learn to have realistic expectations, and to show the employer the value you an bring to their team.

Easy to say, hard to do, right? Well, do not be worried. We will analyze the few important steps you should take.


Step 1: Assess what you can offer them

Think about your strengths, talents, abilities. Can you speak any foreign languages? Are you skilled with a computer program, one that not many people are skilled with? Or do other people enjoy talking to you? Perhaps you are in a great shape, ready to take care of a physically demanding job?

Everyone of us is good in something (regardless of what your parents, friends, or teachers think). You just need to find your strengths, and make a list of them.


Step 2: Connect your strengths with the job offers

entry level job interview in a big company. Three female interviewers listen to the answers of a job applicant. So here you are, with the list of your strengths, and perhaps also with the list of things you enjoy doing. It is a best possible start for your job search.

Look at the list right now, think about it for a few moments, and try to connect your strengths with jobs. Do your strengths make from you a great candidate for a teller job? Or perhaps for a marketing trainee? Would you excel as a stocker? Think about it for a moment.

And if you can not find any connection, then look at entry level jobs in big corporations. These companies use a lot of testing in their interviews, and they care a little about previous working experience of the job candidates.


Step 3: Submit some applications, make your skills stand out

A man is writing a job application. The picture shows a black pen in hand and a paper job application.Many people do a mistake in this step. They try to pretend having experience, though they do not have any.

The key is to show the employer the truth. Tell them you have no experience,  but show them other reason to give you a chance in an interview.

The key is to show them that you have the right personality for the job, and that you can quickly learn how to do it well. Try to outclass the experienced candidates with your motivation, attitude to work, with your understanding for a role… 


Step 4: Prepare for an interview, better than the others

Once you are invited for an interview, you have the same chances as everyone else. Everything starts from zero in an interview.

It doesn’t matter who is the most, or the least experienced job candidate in the room. What matters is who can convince the interviewers of the value they can bring to the company, of their motivation, and of the right attitude to the job.

How you answer their questions, how you conduct yourself in the room, it all matters. Continue your preparation with Interview Penguin and get a job, even though you have no previous experience: