In my video “How To Get A Job With No Experience In 2019” I share three proven ways you can get a job with no experience.
If your more interested in hearing the short version, feel free to watch the video below. IF you prefer to read the detailed version, where I share more personal experience, you can keep reading this blog or head on over to the audio version here if you are in your car or doing your make-up 😉
For whatever reason, I remember when I was around six years old telling my Mom I wanted to get a job. Because I was clearly too young to get a job, I ended up role playing I was a secretary, a teacher, or a guest on Oprah (yes, even at six years old lol).
Mom use to tell me, “Trust me, you will have your whole life to work, so enjoy being a kid.”
And I couldn’t have been more anxious to enter the world of work.
Fast forward to today….
Although I am not quite ready to share exactly how many different jobs I have – I guess mainly out of fear – I will say the majority of jobs I had, I literally had no experience but I also found a way to get the job that I wanted.
Some of my ways worked better than others. By “better” I mean that some ways seem to accelerate the process while others took time.
So here we go…here are my tips for getting a job with no experience:
- Create The Interview Yourself
What I mean here is to approach a company that interest you whether they are advertising a vacancy or not. I will share two examples.
The first time I attempted this approach I was 15 or 16 years old. This is when I had started working out and I really enjoyed the gym environment. After a few months of being a member, I approached who I believed to be the manager.
Now if you are into boxing, the manager was very similar to heavy weight boxer Deonte Wilder. I noticed he was alone in his office one day (because there was a huge window from inside the gym anyone could see in there) and I knocked on his office door.
When he looked up I said, “Hello, my name is Crystal. Are you the person who hires?” Now I cant remember verbatim but I know I expressed something along the lines of, “Are you hiring?” I remember he had asked me my age and I told him. Shortly after that, he politely informed I had a to be a certain age to be employed. I thanked him then headed back home.
When I went in later that week, I told him that I had talked to the career center (at my high school) and that I could get a worker permit. I remember telling him that I loved the gym so much and that I wanted work experience. Although I did not get the position I wanted which was working at the front desk, one month later, I was hired as a day care attendant.
Fast forward to 2016 when I had a new dream of having an online business. However, at this time I had had a consistent job that I left prematurely in order to turn all my attention to starting my business online.
Leaving a stable job that provided consistent income, I needed to begin the job hunt again, but I didn’t want to return to the work I was doing prior. I wanted to shift gears to something that interests me a little more, which was search engine optimization.
I ended up doing a Google search in surrounding cities for advertising agencies who offered SEO services. I emailed every business on the first two pages. Two businesses responded and one business owner had me come in to interview the very next week.
I went in to that interview and I was given the job. He said one of the main reasons he gave me the job was because no one approach him like that before and to him, it showed that I was self-motivated and eager to learn.
Now if my story is not enough, you can read works by Best Selling Author, and Career Counselor Richard Bolles who shares how he is always surprised when some of his clients have experienced success with this approach as well.
The important thing here is to know that it is okay to think outside the box and trying unconventional routes. Of course, you still want to remain professional, polite, and….well, not too creepy.
- Network and ASK
Years ago when I was looking for employment I was browsing through Craigslist and ended up going to an interview in Hollywood – that ad was a little vague but it came across as typical admin stuff with “great pay.” Back then I thought, “why not?”
I landed the interview and was offered the job. By this time I was aware of what kind of business I would be working for if I said yes, so I thanked the interviewer for his time, and expressed to him that although he seemed like a great person to work for (because he did), I did not feel the job was a good fit for me.
However, because the interview went great and he seemed like an easy going guy, I asked him if he knew anyone who was hiring a bartender or bottle service waitresses (even though I didn’t have experience) – because back then that’s what I wanted – work two nights a week and make a full weeks income.
This is when he told me he had a buddy that worked for a night club in Hollywood (then was called Kress). He gave me his friends contact info and I contacted his friend later that day. Three interviews later that one request landed me a job as a bottle service waitress without having any experience in that area.
Once I actually had the job, the owners told us they interviewed over three hundred people. Out of the three hundred people there were only three cocktail waitresses and I was one of them – and that is the power of networking and asking.
The majority of jobs I had, I landed because I knew someone.
So you must identify the field you want to be in and surround yourself with those within the organization. Research the company on social media, look for employers in your city, and find out what groups and or activities they are a part of – I mean hey, they do it those who they are about to hire lol.
For example, if you know that some employees of the company are members of the Chamber of Commerce, go to a Chamber of Commerce meeting and introduce yourself. Do a little bit of digging (with good intention) and find out what places you need to be and when.
- Get The Experience You Need
This is probably the last thing you want to hear but the good news is that you can get experience as a volunteer, and I do not necessarily mean organizations, or non-profit companies etc, I also mean volunteering to help family and friends in areas that maybe relevant to the type of job you want.
I will give you examples of both.
For instance, if you want to work with children, you can volunteer at your county library. Many libraries put on events or workshops where you can do activities with the children or even read to children during certain time slots.
When it comes to volunteering for friends and family, if someone you know owns a business ask if you can shadow what they do for the day or ask them if you can help them with something very specific. Again, being relevant to the experience you need. And remember step number two, even if they don’t have anything that you can do, ask them if they know anyone who does.
For those who are in high school or college, I also recommend checking out your career center to see what internships or job opportunities they have available.
If you are a college student, you may want to check in with your department to see if they have any postings for students who are specifically completing a degree within a particular field. For example, if you are an English Major with a specialization in Creative Writing, you would approach the English Department and ask if they have any employment or internship opportunities specifically for English Majors.
I hope these tips will help you as you peruse your way to a fulfilling career!
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