5 ways to get a job without no work experience

No matter whether you are a first-time jobseeker or a career switcher looking to switch fields, a job search can be both exciting and nerve-racking. Most hiring managers will only consider candidates who are a good fit for the position. After all, it is their responsibility to find the right person, not the person with the right resume. Therefore, even if your resume does not meet all of their listed job requirements, they may still be willing to meet with you. 

The biggest question is, would it be possible to get a job without work experience? If this is the question you have been asking yourself, the short answer is yes, but not without a carefully crafted job search strategy. Even with limited experience, you can still find a job. You just have to be smart about your job search. 

To help jobseekers overcome this career challenge, here are five ways to get a job without a work experience.

1. Make your resume fit for the job

When applying for a job, your resume should be the first thing that should catch the attention of the hiring manager. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate your value to their company. 

A lack of work experience is one of the issues that prevent some jobseekers from applying for their dream jobs, even if they are more than qualified. However, I can tell you that work experience isn’t the only thing that can make your resume look good to the hiring manager, especially when you’re just starting out. I’ll give you these three realistic scenarios:

Consider, for example, volunteering, extracurricular activities, school projects, or an internship. If you’ve done any of these projects, you’ve probably learned valuable work-related skills that you can use at your first job. Take a moment to think about how your experiences have helped you develop skills that are relevant to the job you are applying for. I would recommend that you consider adding any valuable experience you gained as a volunteer or intern to your resume. This may be a way to compensate for the lack of work experience in your resume.

Another example is if you are looking to apply for a job that requires good communication skills. If you have previously led a team project, you could show it on your resume and demonstrate how you worked well with everyone involved. I believe this will demonstrate that you have a sound communication skill when working with like-minded people.

Lastly, if you have previous experience working at an ice cream shop, please remember that your experience working there can be valuable because you have dealt with customers daily. This will help you more if you’re applying for a sales job that deals with customers. Even if you once considered it and felt it might make your resume look amateurish, don’t feel discouraged. If it is relevant to the job you are applying for, try to highlight it boldly on your resume. The hiring manager may be looking for something different, and you may match their description. You don’t have to have the same experience as the job description to be considered for the job. Even if the job is advertised for the same skills, experience, or qualifications, not all employers want them.  Different employers have different needs, and the job description will highlight different parts of the job. 

For a better chance of success, make sure your resume matches the job you are applying for. Show how your experience relates to the job description and what the employer is looking for. The objective of your resume should be to make your story sound appealing to potential employers. Therefore, you must tailor your resume to each job you are applying for to increase your chances of getting an interview.

2. Talk about your education and extracurricular activities

Although it can be challenging to enter the workforce without prior work experience, work experience is not the only criteria that can help you achieve your career goals.  As a back-up plan, you may want to focus your pitch on your education. Every so often, your previous education and extracurricular activities can make your potential employer think you are a good fit for the position.  As I mentioned before, it also depends on how creative you are with your resume.

Start by thinking about the skills you learned at university or from courses and certifications.  For example, if you are applying for a UX design job, you might want to mention the classes you took in college that focused on design.  If you are a recent high school graduate who is interested in having a career in customer service, you might want to highlight your communication skills that were valuable as a member of a community leadership group.

You may not believe it, but some hiring managers may find a quick learner who is new to a field more desirable than someone who has developed poor habits over time.

3. Build up a solid network with other professionals

Networking is one of the fastest ways to connect with professionals who can help you.  Be confident in contacting people and using your network. Your personal network can lead you to an employer in person, which increases your chances of getting a job.

Your network is not just a group of people with whom you have a professional relationship. Do you know that your cousin, friend of a friend, or classmate can be a network? I encourage you to reach out to them with a polite and kind request, regardless of the situation.

When contacting them, it is important to emphasize that you are now seeking employment and would appreciate any help or ideas. It’s a numbers game, I assure you. The more people you contact, the more likely they are to know about a job offer.  From that point on, every message you send could be beneficial to both parties.   

Some of you may think that it’s a bad idea to contact many people in your network because some contacts might think you’re bothering them. That is, however, not the case.  In some situations, you may be doing them a favour.  Many companies offer a referral bonus to employees who refer other employees to the company. When you look at the situation objectively, it becomes a win-win situation.

Remember that your network contacts can also let you know about upcoming openings before they are advertised. This is why it is important to build and maintain good relationships with people throughout your career. 

4. Find a job that suits your current situation

I highly recommend paying close attention to the exact details of some of the job requirements you find online. There are companies that advertise entry-level jobs online with so much experience. I don’t understand why an entry-level job would require additional years of experience. If you are not familiar with what an entry-level job is, then this should give you a more in-depth understanding of it.  An entry-level job is a job that usually doesn’t require much education or experience. With an entry-level job, you will likely receive training on the job to be successful. Please take this into consideration.

On a wider note, Many entry-level jobs don’t require work experience, so you should continue to look for them when you have the opportunity. When searching for entry-level jobs, you can also broaden your search for jobs that require between one and two years of experience. These are also considered entry-level positions.  

Take note that many employers list job requirements as a wish list, not a minimum requirement. Even if you don’t meet all the core requirements, please apply anyway. Don’t feel discouraged if you look at the job description and feel like you don’t have everything they need. No one ever meets all the requirements of every job they apply for. Your resume may have something that will stand out, depending on how you write them.

Another suggestion I have is to apply for jobs that will allow you to send in your portfolio or take a test to see if you are eligible for the job. Instead of explaining your experience and knowledge, these kinds of jobs allow you to demonstrate your skills by doing their pre-test or showing your sample work. This will demonstrate that you are the ideal candidate for the job, regardless of your previous experience.

5. Take professional courses to develop skills that are in demand

Another way to make up for a lack of work experience is to get some IT-related professional certifications. Even if you don’t have work experience, companies like to hire people who have specific certifications, such as IT related. When your IT certification is highly sought after and lucrative, you may be able to freelance and be your own boss. You can learn them without much difficulty online. 

Today, there are many universities and organizations that offer online learning opportunities that help you strengthen your professional skills.  One online course provider that springs to mind is Coursera. 

Coursera provides over 7,000 world-class courses, projects, and certificate programs that are ready to be used in the workplace. You can even earn a degree online from them. 

The advantage of getting professional certificates is that they teach people a specific skill set that is beneficial to business. Most IT companies are looking for this type of thing.  Some lucrative IT certifications you should consider in 2023 are Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certifications, Cisco Certifications, ITIL and IT Service Management, and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). These IT certifications are highly respected, and companies are searching for individuals with certified knowledge of them. I would recommend paying close attention to Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certifications and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), as companies would pay top money to hire individuals with first-hand knowledge of them.


Each individual’s job search is unique to them. Some people can find a job within a few weeks, while others take several months. Do not be discouraged if it takes longer than you anticipated. Keep in mind that there are many things that can affect your job search.  

Adjusting your strategy is the key to obtaining a job without experience. You can improve your job search by networking, writing a resume that fits the job you are applying for, getting an internship or taking a professional course. These are the methods that you can use to broaden your horizons in your search for a job.

While it may require more work throughout the whole process, it is certainly possible to get a job without a work experience.  Take charge of your job search by creating a plan that will sell your skills more than anything else.  

I am Richard Inegbedion Jr. and, as always, it’s my opinion with facts.

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