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Experience required: How to get your foot in the door when entering a new field [SPONSORED]

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For many people their job is necessary, dull and rather boring. Most of us stumble into our roles, get comfortable and never seem to leave. Before we know it 10 years have passed and we feel nothing but resentment and a sense of wasted time.

But, what if I told you that it’s never too late to switch it around and start a new career that you feel enthused by. It is possible to walk a new path that becomes your passion and focus in life and thousands of people do it each year.

If you’re worried about your lack of experience, continue reading to find out how to get your foot in the door and achieve the seemingly impossible first step towards your new career.

Do your research

If you’ve been hiding behind your current desk for some time you may be surprised to find out that there are many new industries emerging and contemporary roles that you may not be aware of. It’s, therefore, key to carry out thorough research before you start the long application process.

www.jobsearch.com.au is a great place to start. You’ll find information about roles and responsibilities that relate to your new field as well as salary expectations so you can get a clear picture about your new pathway. From there, make phone calls to potential employers and gather as much information as you can before starting your applications. The more information you have the more you’ll feel prepared and confident when it comes to the next stage of the process. 

Be transparent 

Transparency is key. Being honest and addressing your lack of experience with a constructive approach will impress your potential employers. When they review your resume it will be clear that you have gaps in experience. By addressing this and focusing on transferable skills that you’ve acquired you’ll instantly ease any concerns that the employer may have.

The best platform to share this information on is your cover letter. Once the issue has been addressed focus on other experience and how this links to the new role. Listing personality traits that make you an ideal candidate for the job is also useful. 

Volunteer

If you’re really serious about landing yourself a new role then you’ll be willing to do whatever it takes to stand out from other applicants. Offering your support to a company in return for knowledge and experience will demonstrate intent and enthusiasm when it comes to applying for paid work.

This could be a day a week or a few hours a week, whatever time you can spare will significantly improve your chances. If you make a good impression during your volunteering there may even be a chance that you’ll be offered paid work when it arises at the same company; A great way to get your foot in the door. 

Network

You’ve heard the well-known phrase- “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” and in some cases developing links and contacts in a specific field can increase your chances of securing an interview. Employers are more likely to overlook your minimal experience if you come highly recommended by a trusted colleague who’s confident that you’re well suited to the role.

Networking can be as simple as meeting a current staff member for coffee and sharing ideas and knowledge. It doesn’t have to take place at a fancy networking seminar or a corporate event. 

Summary

By networking, volunteering and taking part in some robust research you can take the step towards your new career with confidence and optimism. Now you have the information, what’s stopping completing the application forms and getting your dream job?

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