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Can’t get THE job because you lack experience? 10 ways to get the knowledge, plus a tip that really works

be strategic in your job search, get the necessary experience to get the job, getting needed job experience, gaining job skills,
No excuses. Gain the knowledge
you lack.
One job seeker wants to move into sales. Another wants to move up in her current field but lacks on-the-job experience in a critical area. 

How do you get a great job when you aren’t quite qualified? You must …

Gain the knowledge on your OWN time

Many deficiencies that may be keeping you from career advancement can be rectified through free or low cost means that don’t require learning in an actual job situation. Whether you are unemployed or miserable in a current job, now’s the time to focus on your own career self improvement. Here’s how:

  • Assess your work strengths, experience, and weaknesses (list both the things you could do better and the duties you don’t know how to do at all, but need to learn).
  • Complete an action plan to improve.
  • Gain the knowledge using these free or low cost methods:

  1. Take free classes at a local library or low-cost classes at a community college or trade school.
  2. Ask a knowledgeable friend to show you how, or take an expert for coffee or lunch and pick his/her brain.
  3. Research the subject online. Wikipedia and Google are great places to start.
  4. Review the help section of applications on your computer (like Word and Excel) and take the online tutorials.
  5. Watch instructional videos on You Tube.
  6. Sign up for free webinars and subscribe to relevant blogs.
  7. Participate in local networking clubs within your targeted field and learn from club presentations.
  8. Shadow a person on the job.
  9. Subscribe to free e-newsletters.
  10. Join and participate in relevant LinkedIn groups.

Create your own white papers

  • Copy what you’ve learned about a particular subject from online or e-mail sources into Notepad (to strip out unnecessary online formatting)
  • Paste the plain text into a Word document.
  • Edit the text to just the information you need to know.
  • Rewrite what you’ve learned in your own words so you really understand it.
  • Save the document by topic name … and voila! You’ve created your own white paper which you can study before applying for jobs or going on interviews.

Note: This is how I learned to blog and use social networking and how I regularly further my knowledge about advancements in my field. It really works! This tip also gives you a fantastic answer when interviewers ask, “How are you keeping up to date with changes in your field?”

Prove your new-found knowledge

  • Create PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets, videos, Word documents, lead workshops, etc. using the knowledge and skills you have gained.
  • Add your new abilities into your resume and cover letter.
  • Pump up your LinkedIn profile by adding your new competencies in the summary section.
  • Volunteer to help a charity using the skills you need to build. Include quantifiable results about how your capabilities helped the charity in your resume and cover letter.
  • Include samples in e-mails to recruiters or post them on online application sites that allow support documents.
  • Post samples on your LinkedIn profile in your Summary (About), Experience, and Education sections.
  • Show your samples on interviews.

Strengthen your capabilities starting NOW … after all; such efforts could help you land a job or get a better one! -- Kathy


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