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Why You Can Get Any Job With Your Current Experience

Why You Can Get Any Job With Your Current Experience

Employers love a resume that lists a complete work history. They appreciate the fact that someone shows a chronological work history with no employment gaps. It’s clean and tidy. It makes their job easier.

The reality is not everyone has a work history that reflects this. People change careers into a field they have no experience in. College graduates enter the work force with little to no work history. Others come back after an absence such as raising small children or caring for an ill family member.

Despite all this it is possible to get any job whatever your level of experience. The key is to identify your skills that benefit an employer. Career changers use their transferable skills to show a potential employer how their experience and accomplishments from their work history can benefit them. You can do the same from stages and events in your life.

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Volunteer experience

Many nonprofit and charitable organizations need volunteers to sustain their cause. If you have done volunteer work, use this to get any job. Volunteer work mirrors the work of any organization. Fundraisers develop good marketing skills. Organizing events require the work of those who know how to network, delegate and organize.

Use tools to help showcase your volunteer work to an employer. LinkedIn allows you to put volunteer experience in your profile. Get references from places you volunteered. If you have not volunteered consider doing so. But do it in an area you are passionate about and support.

Life experience

Think about experiences in your life that can benefit an employer. If you were a stay-at-home mom for a few years you know how to organize, multitask and deal with money. If you had to care for an ill or disabled household member you can handle stress and time management.

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Consider applying for jobs most in line from experiences in life. As an example you want to work as a bookkeeper. The problem is you have not been able to because of an elderly parent who was recently placed in nursing home care. Use your experience to apply for bookkeeping positions in nursing homes and facilities. Show how your experience in life corresponds with their mission.

Educational skills

Getting a job without experience with just a college degree can be frustrating. I graduated from college with a degree in Criminal Justice. Most of the jobs were in public service with a defined set of qualifications. I was limited from many positions that required experience.

There are so many ways now to showcase your skills through different mediums. We live in a connected world with the internet and social media. If you have technical skills, start a website in an area of interest. If you are a writer, begin a blog. Reference these to potential employers so they see more of you than just a resume.

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Extracurricular activities

If you are gearing up to graduate or recently left school reflect on what you did outside of classes. Hopefully it was not just hanging out playing video games or looking for the next party. Were you active in sports, student activities and campus events? Put these in your career correspondence like the resume. Show what you did to benefit the school and its community.

Network

Nearly 80 percent of available jobs are never advertised. How can you get any job if this is true? Through your network. Networking is the most effective way to find a job. Companies are scared to hire people they do not know. If there is a degree of familiarity through connections, that fear subsides.

This does not mean you have to develop a large network to get any job. In his book, “The Power Of Who,” author Bob Beaudine makes the argument the people you already know can help find your next opportunity. It is most likely someone in your system of family, friends and acquaintances knows of a job you would be perfect for.

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The right attitude

One of the keys to get any job with your current experience is to have the right attitude. A positive outlook and outgoing demeanor can be a game changer. Employers are impressed with applicants who are sociable. Look at each potential employer as a partner and what the benefits of both sides could be.

Employers are seeking more than just your skills and experience. They want the whole person who can fit well with their culture and environment. When you show what you bring you can get any job with your current experience.

Featured photo credit: Jens Schott Knudsen via flickr.com

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

I imagine that like me, you say that you never have enough time and that you just cannot cope with 60 dozen things all at once.

How on earth do you get out of that spiral?

Many people never sit down and look at how to work smarter, rather than harder and even longer hours. But not you, you’re smart enough to try to learn effective ways to work.

So how to work smarter not harder? Here are 12 smart ways you should be following:

1. Improve Your Time Management Skills

Easier said than done? Well, no actually, because there are a few simple rules that can really help you to manage time better.

For example, when setting up a top priority task, you need to switch off the phone and ignore your email first. Then you need to abandon any ideas of multitasking as that will slow you down and ruin your focus.

Finally, set a reasonable deadline and do everything in your power to meet it.

“When you’re born, you’re born with 30,000 days. That’s it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that.” — Sir Ray Avery

2. Speed up Your Typing and Use Shortcuts

These days we’re all keyboard slaves. So why not speed up your typing and try to get rid of the two finger syndrome. In fact, when you save 21 days per year just by typing fast!

This is exactly what I am doing now, so I cannot honestly say I am practicing what I preach!

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But help is at hand. Try some of these apps and games to help you type fast: 8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

Using shortcuts on the keyboard is another time saver and can speed up your work.

For example, press F2 to rename a selected file, while CTRL + I will put selected text in italics.

There are so many of these. If you make the effort to learn them, they really can be helpful.

3. Learn How to Use Productivity Tools

It is well worth downloading all the useful tools and apps that can highly boost your productivity. Take a look at these 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools and install whatever fits your needs.

Now that is really a great way of working smarter, not harder.

4. Use Your Phone Wisely

Instead of writing emails, sometimes it’s better to pick up the phone and talk to the person responsible. It saves time, especially for important or urgent discussions.

If that colleague works in the same office, it is even better to go and talk to him or her. It gives you a break, you get some exercise and you actually make human contact which is becoming quite rare in this electronic world.

5. Keep a Tab on Your Tabs

If you are like me, you might well find that you have a ton of tabs open at the top of your browser.

In order to find the one you want, you have to search for them as they are off screen. Having all these tabs open slows down your browser too.

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One solution is to use OneTab which can keep a neat list on the screen of all these tabs when you want to quickly get to one of them or you want to remind yourself which ones you have open.

6. Use a “To Don’t” List

We all know about to do lists and I find that they are generally great. They give me a great sense of achievement as I cross off the tasks done.

But often, I find that we are doing non-essential tasks or ones that can easily be postponed. That is why many people recommend the to don’t list.[1]

Some people prefer to savagely prune the to do list while others prefer to have two separate lists, to do and to don’t. You just have to work out what works best for you when you are trying to save precious time to become more productive.

7. Expect Failure and Fight Paranoia

When failure rears its ugly head, some people get a bit paranoid and fear that this may become a trend.

Projects will go wrong and failure should be expected rather than feared. Learning lessons from failure and analyzing what went wrong is the best way forward.

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” — Richard Branson

And here you can find 10 Great Lessons Highly Successful People Have Learned From Failure.

8. Be Concise

Rambling on at meetings, in emails and even when introducing yourself to new clients can waste a lot of people’s time.

One way is to practice and sharpen your “elevator speech,”[2] which tells people in 30 seconds or less why they need your skills and how they can benefit from doing business with you.

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Just think of the many situations where this could be useful:

  • Making new contacts
  • Talking about yourself at a job interview
  • Meeting people at conferences or parties
  • Phone calls to new clients

9. Ask the Right Questions

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” — Naguib Mahfouz

How do you get feedback? The secret is to ask the right questions at the right time.

When you do this, you are gathering the information you need to help in decision making. This will save you time and you will be able to cut meetings to a minimum.

Forbes magazine reports on research that they carried out on asking the right questions.[3] When that happens, the positive effects are increased by 400%. There are also other benefits in staff motivation and a positive impact on the company’s bottom line.

Lifehack’s CEO Leon has shared about how to ask for feedback to learn faster: How to Learn Quickly And Master Any Skill You Want

10. Learn as Much as You Can

You should always be on a steep learning curve. Look at your skills profile and determine where you need to fill a gap. Talk to important connections and network in your niche.

Keep up to date on trends and developments. It is a fact-changing world. When an opportunity arises, you will be the best equipped to seize it because you have never stopped learning. Just another way of working smarter.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

11. Look After Your Greatest Resource

No, your greatest resource is not time. It is YOU.

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If you do not get enough sleep, exercise and relaxation, you find that you become less and less productive. You begin to work longer and longer hours, which is the exact opposite of what you want.

What you should be doing is making sure you are in the best shape. It is useful to remember that you need a break of 15 minutes after every one and a half hours of work.[4]

Taking breaks and getting fresh air and exercise is one of the best ways of working smarter, not harder.

12. Don’t Fall into the Trap of Working Smarter and Harder

As a society, we are obsessed with doing everything smarter so we are more efficient and we save time all around.[5]

But the most important thing to remember is to accept when we are ready to switch off that computer and not fill up the time with even more work!

The Bottom Line

The key to greater productivity is to work smarter, not harder. Working smarter saves precious time and energy for the things that really matter — your life goals, your personal growth, your health and your relationships.

Stop working for more hours and start working smarter!

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