INEXPERIENCED FOR THE JOB?
Ratkoczy - Executive Career Management Consultant
You might be
able to perform in jobs you have never imagined you could. One thing
to remember is job descriptions sometimes are complex and use
language non-familiar to you. But so far all that proofs is
that you have to familiarize yourself with the industry or specific
position’s language. No argument in that you need to acquire some
knowledge just to know your way around, but how long will that take?
The best way
of accomplishing the task of learning an industry or position
language is through informational meetings during your networking
process with others. At the same time as you are doing this you are
allowing your counterparts in the process to learn about your true
skills are those that you can bring and use in multiple positions
and/or industries. Let’s say you are a great problem solver with an
analytical mind. In your prior job you have always come up with
solutions to problems. You might have thought “Well, that’s because
of my experience and knowledge of my job” you are right but what you
also have developed over time is problem solving skills that can be
applied on the job or at home and in this case in another job.
transferable skill is to be creative and pragmatic in your approach.
You may have looked at processes and procedures in the past and
suggested or implemented more efficient and even less expensive ways
of performing certain tasks. This is an invaluable skill that
employers want since having you there may save them tons of money.
understand the language of a job description, read again so you have
a better idea of what is expected for you to be doing if you’d be
hired. After that substitute the terms by some more familiar ones
and then make judgment if this is something you can do or/and want
to do. Only then you truly can make a decision.
myself as an example; After 15 years of experience in team building
and management, development of company strategy, in charge of
operations, translating foreign documents and starting three
entrepreneurial ventures I was able to move into a completely
different career where I have successfully worked for the largest
and most prestigious companies in the world and happily performed
for over 12 years (Executive Career Management consulting). I know,
I thought the same think, what had my prior experience to do with
the new path? But it had all to do with it, I just had to learn the
language and process and to figure out how to use my skill and
experience in a different environment. As time passed I felt I was
doing exactly the same thing just applying it to my clients.
It may be hard
to get rich quick, but it's not difficult to get experience in a
short amount of time.
Another way to
do so may be to volunteer at organizations in your community or at
high-profile, non-profit agencies. If you wish to be
super strategic, find out if your target employers have employee-volunteer
programs and offer your services at the very same places. You may
not get a chance to network directly with employees of a certain
company, but the listing on your resume will stand out with human
You can also
gain experience independently by building on or creating (if you
don't already have one) your own portfolio of work relevant to your
intended career. Try doing some spec work to show an employer you're
serious about the company.
temping in your field of choice or tutoring students. Start
something related to your industry, such as a networking group or
campaign. And, even if you just finished your schooling, consider
taking another class or two to acquire a necessary skill, such as
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