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How To Get A Job With No Experience

How To Get A Job With No Experience

In this post you will learn how to get a job without any experience in four steps. These are the same steps I used to land myself a new job in the UK.
They are decent amount of jobs with good pay that do not require you to complete a certain educational degree or formal training.

Not having any experience for a role can be a good thing.

Let me explain my point. Yes it is expensive and time consuming to train a staff in order to excel in a specific role, however most companies will prefer to work with a clean slate. They will be able to teach you the best practices and procedures to complete a task.

How to get a job with no prior experience

1. Job Search

They are multiple sites to search for jobs; Indeed, LinkedIn, NHS Jobs.

To start your search you need to have a location and a salary range in mind.

In my situation I knew I wanted to stay in the health sector. I am a Master of Pharmacy, a qualified pharmacist and I knew I wanted to work for the NHS. I have heard great things about the NHS and benefits of working for the organisation. So I started my search on NHS Jobs. I filtered jobs by adding my desired location and salary and I started to review the jobs available.

When reviewing job specifications, it is important to remember “experience is a knowledge or skill”. You do not have to be in a professional setting to gain experience of a leadership role. Experience can be drawn from anywhere,

when you instructed your siblings to do the house chores was you honing your delegating skills.

when you built a wardrobe or even a sand castle with your friends, is a good example of team work and communication.

2. Tailor Your CV

Once you find a role that sparks your interest, the next step is to tailor your cv to showcase your skills which align with the job specification.

The role involves working with numbers, spend a few minutes thinking about a time you worked with numbers, this could be at university, a game night where you had to keep score tally. Being able to identify skills you have that is required for the job provides you with confidence to keep pushing and finish the application.

so how to tailor your cv

 the job description states

“You will need to form excellent relationships with key stakeholders”

On my cv I will ensure I highlight my communication skills

response: “I am great at building effective relationships with medical professionals, healthcare service providers and service users”

 the job description states

” You will need to ensure reports are accurate and timely ”

response: I manage a busy pharmacy department; ensuring all claims are processed in a timely manner to drive service income”

 the job description states

“To work in partnership with others and as part of cross directorate teams to deliver successful outcomes”

response: “I work closely with the District Nurses and General Practitioners to ensure effective supply of palliative care medication”

It is also important to highlight what skills and values you will bring to the company. Remember to add any formal qualifications or awards you hold to boost your cv.

3. Write a compelling cover letter

Your cover letter should be about four to five paragraphs. Start with a brief introduction of who you are, what you do and the job role you are applying for. The next paragraph should be used to summaries your skills  and or achievements (no more than three points. Using job description, discuss briefly why you will be a great candidate for the role. Mention a problem you will be able to solve from the onset. Finally conclude the cover including an opportunity to discuss your interest further and provide relevant information if needed.

If the recruiter adds contact details to the advert, I will recommend you take advantage and call before sending in your application. Introduce yourself and have an informal conversation highlighting the skills and benefits of you joining the team. 

4. Apply and Record

Keep a record of the jobs you have applied for using a tool such as excel. Use the below headers as a guide:

“Application Date | Company Name | Follow Up | Outcome | Reflections”

I will recommend a follow up call or mail if the job advert does not specify outcome procedure. This will also provide an opportunity to receive feedback and improve ready for the next application.

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