How to stand out with lack of experience for my prospective field?
It’s the medical field and emphasizes a lot of hands-on experience but I’m unable to get any because of COVID.
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1).Check up with your neighbors especially the elderly ones who may have a difficult time shopping or getting errands completed
2).See if you can tutor students or help provide skills in their education; many students are facing difficult times in school because of remote learning so helping out a student with his or her grades would be a tremendous effort for their success!
3).See if you can volunteer at your local food drive (if you can safely) or donate food to a food drive and be in touch with your community.
There are also remote volunteering opportunities online so I would definitely check them out too; I will attach 2 website links below that lists some opportunities.
Remember these are difficult times and it is important to also practice self care and stay safe!
Best of luck!
Yasemin recommends the following next steps:
I wish you the best!
Have confidence in yourself and KNOW that they will have to give you on the job training about the multiple projects that you work on. p.s. no matter where you go training will be the first step of your new job.
Another thing, bring a binder to help remind you and visually show them that you know what you're talking about. So I would bring an example of project work you did in class or an example when you solved a difficult problem. Please LOVE visuals during interviews.
Lastly, again, BE CONFIDENT! I have landed multiple jobs when the hiring manager says "other people were more qualified than you but you knocked our socks off with your positive attitude" ;)
For example: If you are looking into being a nurse but have only had baby sitting experience. You can highlight how you care for others, and pay attention to their every needs. You can show that you are creative when problem solving and have the ability to motivate others. You can show that you work well under pressure and this relates to nursing because this too will require high attention when the environment is chaotic.
Another example: Your only experience is a barista at a coffee shop, but you are looking at being in finance. You can show that you have organizational skills, can multi-task, build up team morale and go above and beyond with pet projects.
If your experience is not direct to the field, you can spin anything to be relevant.
Lack of experience is a problem most of the people has to deal with at the beginning of the professional career. Based on my experience employers look for far more qualities than just the experience itself to hire a candidate.
Below are the traits I believe are equally important to showcase in interviews to land in a job
Cultural fit, Right attitude, Integrity, Openness, Eagerness to learn etc.
Demonstrating all of the above-mentioned qualities is key in every step of the interview of the process
You can gain practical knowledge by singing up for volunteering opportunities in NGO’s in related fields.