Being a job seeker can be stressful; however being a newbie to the job force can cause even more stress!
Rest assured, every professional has been in your shoes, and anyone who has held a job has gone through a bad interview or two. It is important to know that it is not the hiring manager who determines if you get that awesome entry level job. It is you!
While you consider how important it is to take control of your destiny and learn to believe in your future, consider what you have that tenured professionals do not.
Competing with seasoned professionals can be a daunting task, but make sure you are selling that you are hungry, you’ve got passion, ambition, and in this day and age you are most likely tech savvy. Use all these attributes to your advantage by being ready to articulate why the hiring manager needs someone with those traits on their team.
As an entry level candidate it can be assumed you have recently graduated from college; therefore, during the interview you can relate that position to a previous class project, internship, or part-time job. You may not have the professional experience, but you DO have relevant experience. For example, describing a relevant class project shows teamwork and how you manage others, and it can also show evidence of your desirable traits such as motivation, innovation, and problem solving skills. Discussing an internship will show that you have real hands-on experience and that you possess incredible initiative, since internships are often experiential only (i.e. – not paid). Lastly, describing how you balanced a part-time job while going to school shows independence, as well as incredible time management and organizational skills. Every hiring manager can relate to these types of experiences and will be impressed with your work ethic.
Be sure to check out our article on interviewing tips for entry level candidates!
Written by Jessica Nguyen
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