How to Impress Employers Even When You Lack Experience

lack experienceYou decide to go for a job you really, really want. Thankfully, you get through the initial hurdle that comes with resume/CV submission and online application. But now you worry you lack experience at the level for which you are applying. That old friend, imposter syndrome, pays a visit chipping away at your self-confidence.

“Other people will have more experience. They will find me out in the interview. I’ll look a fool.”

Sound familiar?

Here are three ways to get off the back foot and give it your best shot by showing your undeniable potential to employers.

Show How You Learn

Remind yourself: No one is ever the finished article.

Neuroscience shows our neural pathways do renew. We all have the potential for more in our lives. Moreover, you will have shown your potential in the past. Think of the times when you faced something new and, subsequently, you were successful. Now reflect on how you went about it. Identify the obstacles, describe your approaches to overcoming them, what you did and how you felt. What skills and behaviors did you use? What mindset helped? Also, show genuine humility. What did you struggle with and not achieve? Give reasons. What would you do differently now?

Employers want curious, adaptable, and resilient learners. So, show them your learnability and what they would be getting if they hire you.

Put Forward Your Ideas

Sometimes, you will face questions at the job interview that throw you. Either you don’t expect them or you don’t have a quick answer. Or maybe a question hits a vulnerable area if you lack experience. The trick is to turn the situation to your advantage. When it’s beyond your experience, say so. Don’t pretend. After all, in most cases they will see through you. Then talk about how you would deal with that situation or show your creativity through your ideas or ask a perceptive question. Consequently, the employer can see how much support you might need. They can see how large or small the gap is. The better your approach, the smaller the likely gap.

Employers want resourceful, can-do, and creative contributors. So don’t sit back on your hands. Lean forward and reveal your emerging talents.

Be Yourself With Skill

Finally, how you present yourself can clinch the decision in your favor. The big mistake is to give answers that you think the employer wants to hear. Instead, skillfully be yourself. Your passion will shine through when you focus naturally on what you truly believe or feel strongly about. However, you do need to invest time reflecting so you can articulate your USP (unique selling proposition). Then back it up with evidence of the difference you make and how you will apply that to the job opportunity in front of you.

Employers want energy, commitment while you’re with them, and self-confidence.

To summarize, entice the employer with your potential.

Give them relevant evidence of what talents you have begun to show. Let them ‘see’ you in that role and their organization. Paint a picture of how your talents can be turned into strengths for the benefit of the employer given the opportunity.

If you lack experience, don’t let it inhibit you. Reframe it as potential and let your presence be memorable!


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David Shindler AuthorAbout the Author: David Shindler helps you to be clearer, more confident, and purposeful so you take the right job and career actions for you. Career Coach, Blogger, Books on developing your employability, internships, and critical attitudes for success.



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