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Explain why your background and experience would be a good fit for this job?

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Thank you comment icon Hi Be! I'm not sure Professionals will be sure what you are asking here. This sounds like a question you might certainly be asked during an interview, though! Are you looking for tips on doing interviews? Alexandra, Admin

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Simeon’s Answer

It sounds like you're asking about how to land your first job without prior experience. The best you can do with no experience is to list any classes or clubs that you've been in and put bullet points under your education and club experience to explain some of the specific skills that are relevant to the job you're applying for.
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Shash’s Answer

The important thing to remember here is to be honest and proud of what you have done. This is the only way companies can get to learn more about you and to ensure you would be a good fit culturally and experience wise.
There could be multiple ways you can think of answering to this question:
- Start from your most recent education experience.
e.g. "I graduated from abc high school in 2020"
- Use past projects to highlight your knowledge expertise.
e.g. "Creating a web application" OR "Organizing local college events"
- Past real world experience
e.g. "Volunteered online in abc.com to increase Covid awareness" OR "worked for abc company"
- One of your best projects where you got recognition
e.g. " Because of my Volunteering project, more people showed up for taking Covid vaccine" OR "I got recognition / award for my work with abc company"
- A 2-liner on why you want to leave your current job / interested in a particular role.
e.g. "I wanted to put my learning and knowledge into practical use in real world and this role will allow me to do just that"

Remember, this should be brief and should take you somewhere between 4 to 5 mins to walk through when you are interviewing.
Be confident in what you say. Do not add detail which you are not sure about or which are difficult to explain.
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Jason’s Answer

Hi Be W. , be confident and remember, we all had our first job. You have a lot of a valuable skills and contributions when you reflect on what you have done in many different activities. As another person mentioned, any sports, clubs, school events you were engaged it, all have valuable life skills. Works well in team environment, communicates effectively with other via clubs / school events, volunteer experience is a great one if you have any, if not, suggest volunteering for something important and passionate to you. Also, school is a great one, classes, optional classes related to the role. Show enthusiasm, drive and confidence. The first job they will be hiring for great attitude more than relevant skills. Best of luck.
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Dan’s Answer

Be, try to review the company and the job description. As you read through the job description, thing about the words they mention and anything that you've done where you've had to make similar choices or act in a similar way. This could be anything from deciding how to prioritize your time or having to be kind to people. It will vary depending on the role you're applying for.

Don't think you've had no background or experience. You've had years of being around family, friends, classmates, teammates, in a variety of locations and settings. You can use any of that as long as you relate it to what the job is expecting of you.
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