The skills of those who have no experience

Are you looking for a job but you have no specific competences? Don’t worry!

We know it is not easy to find work opportunities when you are at the beginning of your career path. Notwithstanding, it is possible to write a good curriculum and an amazing cover letter, to impress recruiters, in order to secure an interview and to have a successful response rate.

It is a common mistake for candidates to believe that they lack in certain skills due to them not having previous work experience. This is a misconception as there are many important skills that arise from the personality of a candidate, from one’s upbringing as well as from one’s life experience.
We are talking about the importance of soft skills: attitude, communication, creative thinking, work ethic, teamwork, decision making, positivity, time management, motivation, flexibility, problem-solving, critical thinking, conflict resolution. So, it is important to highlight your soft skills and build a relationship of trust between the recruiter and yourself. In this way, you can really make a difference and stand out amongst other applicants.

How to identify and explain your soft skills?

To do this you can analyse some occasions within your personal life and you can link them to some soft competences. So, you could think about your behaviour in a particular situation during your life and in this way prove you have the ability:
– to establish positive relations
– to make decisions
– to be a problem-solver
– to work in team
– to be self-organized
– to communicate

and also, to have:
– a sense of responsibility
– the right approach to learning
– self-control
– perseverance
– empathy.

Obviously, it is not necessary to have all of these skills during the first interview, but you may wish to consider which skills seem more in line with your life experiences. In this way, you can give recruiters some clear and concrete examples, in order for them to understand that you can make the difference in the future. If you will do this exercise, you will become more convinced of what you can do and what you want, and thus increase your chances of success during the interview. So, even if you have somewhat little experience, you can still stand a good chance of securing a job!

“Everyone’s experience is everyone’s treasures.” Gérard de Nerval

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