Getting started in professional life is not always easy. For their dream job, many applicants usually lack work experience. What you can still do to convince.
Munich – Applying for a job is getting easier and easier. Applicants can email their already uploaded CV and other documents to the companies with just one click on the usual online job portals such as Indeed, Stepstone or Monster. Everything is available in a matter of seconds. Now it's time to keep our fingers crossed. And if it doesn't work, the search continues.
Successful job even without work experience: Don't be intimidated
Wasted time, because despite a well-written standard application, many candidates quickly fall through the cracks with the experienced HR manager. Especially if the candidate lacks professional experience, beginners have a hard time convincing companies of themselves. But that is "no reason to lose heart or be intimidated," says Bastian Hughes, founder of the company "Berufsoptimierer", the editorial network Germany (RND).
Successful job interviews: Good preparation is the be-all and end-all. (Symbolic photo) © Lane Oatey/imago
Even applicants without professional experience can convince with a cover letter. Applicants should also pay attention to the formal criteria of their application. In addition, career coach Hughes recommends that candidates first ask themselves a few essential questions.
Questions that applicants should first ask themselves:
- Am I suitable for the job or not? Applicants must be convinced of their suitability.
- What do I get out of it myself? Applicants should know exactly what motivates them and question their development opportunities.
- What do I have to offer the employer despite my lack of experience? These can be, for example, internships, temporary jobs, further training and seminars. But analytical thinking, the ability to work in a team or organizational skills can also make the difference in the application.
Looking for a job? Tips from the professional – money shouldn't be an issue at first
It is crucial to be convinced of its suitability. In doing so, applicants should always assess their skills and competencies realistically. Impostors quickly stand out. According to RND, Hughes recommends answering two questions before applying: What does the company get out of hiring me? What do I get out of it myself? Perhaps candidates can point to project papers or theses "that might be helpful." However, this is too often forgotten in the cover letter, according to the experience of the job coach. The second question is more about one's own motivation and the answer to why the candidate applies to the company. His tip: "So money shouldn't play the decisive role for the time being." Nevertheless, it can be interesting to know who is one of the top earners in this country and what salaries are in certain professions.
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Professional tips for job applications: Successful in your job search even without a lot of professional experience
However, since young professionals are often not aware of which activities count as professional qualifications, applicants should organize and ask about their practical experience, which may also count as professional experience. These can be holiday jobs and internships at the university or in a company, but also temporary jobs, volunteer positions in a club, multilingualism or even a trip around the world after graduating from high school - but also special industry knowledge. "Underqualified" is also a matter of opinion.
Tips to get a dream job:
- Research: An applicant should learn about the company, company culture, and industry they are applying to. This not only shows in the interview that the candidate would like to have the job, but has also already put a lot of work into the preparation.
- Help the recruiter get to know you: Applicants should highlight those qualifications that fit the job description and use similar wording. Normally, recruiters only spend six seconds on your application. Not much? The employer rating portal Kununu therefore advises applicants to use keywords that distinguish the candidate from other applications.
- Curriculum vitae and letter of motivation: If you can't convince with your CV right away, you should tell the HR manager why you're applying. For example, he can write a letter of motivation. In this, the applicant can highlight his strengths and skills that are not in the curriculum vitae. In addition, a candidate can explain why they want this particular job and why they will quickly familiarize themselves with new tasks. A coherent argumentation as to where the applicant currently stands and where he would like to be in the future can also help the HR manager with the selection.
- Realistic self-assessment: Candidates should not cover up their lack of skills for the job profile. It is better to express your willingness to learn and to continue your education.
- Source: Kanunu
Job despite lack of qualifications: A breath of fresh air for companies
According to the Federal Employment Agency, the labour market is currently lacking impetus. The spring revival failed to materialize in May, according to agency board member Daniel Terzenbach at the broadcaster n-tv. "Employment growth continues, but is losing momentum." For job seekers, the development actually offers a good opportunity to enter the profession and bring a breath of fresh air into companies.
Applicants who are nevertheless unsuccessful in their job search for the time being are advised by HR manager Bastian Hughes to try a temporary employment agency. "Temporary work has a bad reputation that dates back to earlier days," says the expert. "But a lot has happened in the meantime: Most temporary employment agencies are reputable these days, they pay and treat fairly."