If you’re in the middle of a career transition, you may be eager to get a job.

However, when you look at job postings, you may realize that many of them require experience you don’t have. Now, you are faced with the task of getting a job with limited related experience. Even if it seems like every job you look at asks for experience you don’t have, you can still make it work.

Make Your Strengths Prominent

Even though you don’t have experience, you likely have some skills that are related to the position itself. If you didn’t, you probably wouldn’t be applying. Bring those skills to the forefront of your resume and include more detail about the work you’ve done that is in some way connected to your desired position. Also, you may want to include a section on your resume specifically for related experience. Keep in mind that different fields may have different appropriate approaches to resumes.

Address the Company’s Needs

When you’re looking for jobs without experience, you need to know and show how you meet the needs of the company. Research the company and learn as much about it is as possible. Companies often want to hire people with experience because these candidates already know the specific jargon of the field or can take on tasks without a tremendous amount of training. If your desired role calls for this knowledge and these skills, explain in specific terms how you have what is necessary.

Exude Honesty and Confidence

You may feel shy about the fact that you’re trying to get a job with limited experience. However, a lack of confidence is often a warning sign to potential employers. If you aren’t confident in what you can do, then they will wonder how you could possibly be confident in what you currently can’t do. Do not come across as overly confident either, though, because then you may seem arrogant. Finding a balance is of utmost importance here.

Explain Your Desire to Learn

Make it clear that you are eager to learn the necessary skills. In fact, you may want to point to a few specific skills that you are particularly looking forward to learning and explain why. Doing so shows that you have some knowledge of what they entail.


Establishing contacts is so important no matter what level you’re at. A contact at a company could help you to land your dream job even if you do not have any experience. Networking is also useful because other people can provide you with tips for getting a job in your field. Many colleges host networking events, so you may want to start with your alma mater.

Obtain Experience

While you are working on getting a job, putting together your resume and going on interviews, get relevant experience. For example, you may be able to procure an internship or volunteer at an organization related to your desired career. If you perform well at your internship and the company is in need of employees, you might have a job waiting for you. When you take steps to increase your skills and abilities, particularly as related to your job, then you can make the positive changes you need.

Stay Focused

If you go into an interview certain that you’re going to get the job, then you might be setting yourself up for disappointed. On the other hand, you also don’t want to turn down an interview because you think you won’t get the position. Even if you don’t get the job this time, you have more experience going on interviews in the field.

Having no experience might seem like a major issue right now. Fortunately, plenty of ways exist for you to work around that and to work toward the job that you want. If you still feel stuck, though, or you want to speed up the process, career coaching can help. Click here to learn more about career coaching or apply for a free discovery session today. We’d be honored to speak with you!


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