Frances asked for help with focusing: “For me, the toughest thing is learning how to focus. There are just so many things to do! So many things I want to learn and become.”
When I first started my career, I had dozens of things I wanted to accomplish “someday”. That was a sure recipe for feeling unfocused; being constantly busy, yet finishing the year wondering “what did I really do?”
When you reach the end of 2015 and look back, what will you want to have accomplished this year?
As a recent graduate or someone shifting into a new field, do you find yourself thinking: “Nobody will hire me because I don’t have experience, but how can I get experience until I get hired?”
Feels like a Catch-22, right?
Even when you have the academic credentials for an entry-level job, employers often look for practical experience too. Why? Because bad hires cost time and money. Employers want to minimize the risk of hiring the wrong person, by hiring only people who’ve proven they can successfully do what the employer needs.
How to compete when you’re new to a field:
1. Use the experience you have. Identify skills you’ve demonstrated in the past, that are relevant to the job you want. Then talk about how you’ve used those skills to deliver successful results.
Aiming to be a project manager? Talk about group projects you did in school, or activities you managed for your student organization. Want to showcase your leadership abilities? Talk about student committees you led, or volunteer groups you were involved with. Career change? Find skills from your previous job that translate well to your new one.
This Achievement Stories template will guide you through taking your top accomplishments and turning them into a crisp story you can tell hiring managers during an interview.
Starting your career at a large Fortune 500 company can be a great move.
Big companies often provide opportunities to move around within the company, so you can gain experience in different areas as your career grows.
- Learn from established business systems; benefit from job training and career coaching
- Meet a wide audience of potential mentors and sponsors
- Large companies are more likely to be fine with your limited experience, since they plan to train you
- You’ll have a marquee employer name on your resume, if you choose to work elsewhere later on
As a recent graduate or young woman early in your career, how do you find a job at one of these companies?