Does it seem like you’re under-qualified for every job that interests you? It’s easy to get discouraged when you lack the education or experience required for an appealing job opportunity. However, there are effective ways to increase your marketability and demonstrate to employers your ability to perform a particular job. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you seek new employment:
Start with an entry-level position.
Most career growth starts with baseline, entry-level work in which employees begin at the bottom of an organization and work their way up. Though you may feel you’re overqualified for a job, taking on a lower position can get you acclimated with an organization, allowing you to learn the ropes and ultimately earn the qualifications for your desired job. The ability to be trained by mentors and immerse yourself in all aspects of the work environment will increase your value to the employer and show you’re committed to obtaining a role with greater responsibility.
Network with the right people.
You’ve probably heard of the expression, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” at some point in your life. Well, this concept certainly applies to the job search! In many ways, connecting with the right individuals can open doors to job openings and opportunities you would have never gained access to otherwise. If there’s a certain employer or industry that interests you, making a point to attend relevant industry events and gatherings will allow you to develop relationships with individuals who can serve as valuable sources of information, and even become references for your applications.
Focus on your soft skills.
While you may still be developing your technical skills for a specific type of job, it’s important to remember that soft skills are highly applicable in any new position. In fact, many employers prefer to hire and train employees with a strong set of soft skills, as these workers are most apt to succeed. Showcasing soft skills – such as effective communication, customer service, and teambuilding – will be impactful as you go on interviews and demonstrate to employers you have the core interpersonal abilities to excel within the organization.
As you can see, a lack of relevant experience doesn’t need to stop you from getting a new job. By making the right contacts and leveraging your existing strengths, you can make yourself marketable to a wide range of employment opportunities while increasing your earning potential over time.
Are you interested in embarking on a new career? Get in touch with HH Staffing, a Florida-based staffing firm, and learn how working with our recruiters can get your job search on track.
Until Next Time,
Your Staffing Partner, Darrin Rohr- President, CEO, and Chief Servant
Current owner of HH Staffing and Former Chief HR Officer for several successful Multinational Fortune 500 Companies. Brings a fresh perspective from decades of experiences creating Great Workplace Cultures by building high-performance teams while leading and managing people from all different backgrounds. HH Staffing is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, and is uniquely positioned to serve both local and national clients.