By Alaina Silbaugh
You want a job but have no experience.
You search for a job and see that most employers prefer someone with experience.
See the problem?
But don’t worry. You’re not alone.
This is the situation that so many people find themselves in when looking for employment.
Maybe you just graduated college or high school.
Maybe you’ve finished raising your kids and are back on the job market after many years.
Maybe you have a job but want to get into a completely different line of work.
Whatever the case, there are some things you can do to catch an employers attention, even if you don’t have the experience they are looking for.
Don’t Aim Too High
Ok, this might sound discouraging, but let’s be real. The reality is you will not get a management position if you have no experience.
And no, life experience does not count. Not at first.
So start with entry-level positions.
Even if you feel overqualified, it’s much easier to work your way up once you have your foot in the door.
Once you’ve secured a job, then you can wow them with all your skills and show them how much you deserve a promotion.
Knowledge Is Power
If you want to work in a specific industry, as you apply for jobs, you will quickly see what skills companies are looking for.
Enrolling in a class that will help you learn a few of these skills will help fill out your resume.
No money to enroll in a class?
You can learn how to do almost anything on YouTube. There are a ton of videos that can help you get familiar with what your prospective employer may want you to know.
Of course this does not count as an actual class, but you can at least you can see what you are getting yourself into.
Spice Up Your Resume
With no (or very little) actual job experience, you will need to get creative on your resume.
No, this does not mean lie.
But you can use volunteer activities, helping at your kids school, extracurricular pursuits, anything that enabled you to use skills that will sound good to an employer.
Be sure to list any relevant details of your participation, such as any organizing, money management, leadership roles, problem solving, etc.
You don’t need to go into too much detail. Just focus on how these activities sharpened your natural abilities or taught you specific skills.
Ace Your Interviews
The interview can make you or break you to an employer.
Be sure to present yourself in a way that shows you want the job.
This includes your attitude as well as your clothes. “Dress for the job you want” may be cliche but the concept holds true.
Also be sure to do your research on the company.
This will help you know what to expect and answer any questions with confidence.
Don’t Give Up
Trying to land a job when you have no experience can seem like an uphill battle. But remember, everyone has to start somewhere.
There will be an employer out there that will take a chance on you.
Even if you have to take a job somewhere you may not like, just look at it as a way to gain some experience while you pursue the job you actually want.
Are you looking for a job and live in the Ohio area? Check out these job opportunities!
By Alaina Silbaugh
During your search for a job, it’s common to hit a wall.
This could be due to a seeming lack of jobs in your field, you’ve had interviews but you never make it past that, or maybe you’ve applied to a countless number of jobs and haven’t gotten any bites.
Whatever the case may be, your job search may need a reboot.
Here are a few things you can try.
Revamp Your Resume
With a blah resume, you could be losing traction before you even get started.
Look over your resume to be sure you are only listing your last two or three jobs. Under your work experience have a one sentence description of the company and your position.
Bullet points are your new best friends. Managers and recruiters don’t spend time reading long-winded paragraphs. Bullet points will highlight key points and make it readable.
Use bullet points when listing your past job responsibilities and when listing your skills.
Be sure to tailor your resume for each job you are applying for.
Consider Branching Out
Of course if there are just no jobs out there in your industry, you could try applying for jobs in a different line of work where your skills could translate.
For example, if you have a lot of customer service experience, this skill could come in handy for various types of jobs. If you have computer skills or are proficient in basic computer programs, this would be a skill that would be in demand for various fields.
Another option would be to learn a new skill in your specific industry. You could take a course in management and apply as a manager or supervisor in your field of experience.
Just make sure you are not afraid to apply even when you think you lack skills or experience. Many skills can be learned on the job.
No, this does not mean lying on your resume. Just really emphasize the skills you do have and present them in a way that will show the value you can bring to a potential employer.
Go Where The Jobs Are
Many people relocate for work. This can have its own set of challenges but ultimately, it may be the only option for some to provide for their families.
Obviously, you will need to do your homework before making a big decision like that.
Relocating may not be an option for everyone. If you have roots in a community, it can be difficult to just move somewhere else.
In that case another option would be to work from home. More and more companies are seeing the value of outsourcing various jobs to remote employees.
This gives you the advantage of being able to work for a company in another state while you avoid the hassle of moving.
Don’t Give Up
The main thing is not to give up hope. It’s easy to develop a negative attitude if you’ve been searching for a while.
But potential employers can sense that negativity right away, which will affect the way they see you. They may think you don’t even really want the job.
So go into every interview with the attitude that this is going to be your new job.
Keep in mind, there are plenty of jobs out there.
So even if you have to think outside the box and relocate, learn new skills, try a different line of work or maybe just give your resume an overhaul, it’s worth the effort.
If you are searching for a job and live in the Ohio area, check out these job postings.
By Alaina Silbaugh
To follow-up or not to follow-up…
that is the question you may be asking yourself after you’ve had an interview or even if you just had someone reach out to you from a company where you’ve applied.
First, be assured you are not alone in wondering about this.
Also, just because you haven’t heard anything else, doesn’t mean you are not a candidate for the job.
What Is Taking So Long?
When you look at it from the prospective employers side, whether it’s a hiring manager or the actual owner of the company, they may have quite a few people to sift through.
And they may be hiring for more positions than just the one you applied for.
Basically, they have a lot on their plate. This is why patience is key when applying for jobs.
But that does not mean you should just sit around and wait for them to call.
Make Your Move
As I mentioned, people get busy and have a lot going on.
Because of this, things can fall through the cracks, emails fail to get written, phone calls get forgotten about.
This is where some well placed follow-up on your part comes in.
It doesn’t hurt to remind them why you are such a great fit for the job.
You could be direct and give them a call, or be more subtle with an email.
Either way, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind:
- Alway direct the email or phone call to the person that originally contacted you or interviewed you.
- Start off with a thank you. “Just wanted to reach out and thank you for [meeting with me] / [calling me] / [emailing me] the other day.
- Remind them of the job you applied for. “I am still interested in the position for [….]”
- Don’t let them think you are desperate. Most likely you have applied for other jobs as well, so let them know that.
“I have applied for a position elsewhere to keep my options open, but I really feel like [I would be a great fit at your company.] or [ your company is my top choice.]
- Now start to conclude it. It’s best to keep it short and sweet. “Hopefully we will be working together in the near future.”
- And wrap it up. “If you have any follow up questions for me, please feel free to reach out.”
- Sign off and leave your contact information below your name.
Don’t Agonize Over It
Don’t worry too much about bothering them with a call or email. Most businesses are used to receiving plenty of calls and emails every day.
So if you remember to:
-wait an appropriate amount of time before following up (a few days to a week)
-keep your communication short, to the point and professional
-leave it alone once you follow-up, don’t be a squeaky wheel with multiple calls or emails
-and keep applying for other jobs as you wait to hear back,
then you will have done all you can on your end.
Besides if they are the type of company to leave you hanging after you try to be proactive, then it may not be the right place for you anyway.
So, yes, it is completely appropriate and sometimes necessary to follow-up with a potential employer.
Just follow these simple guidelines and you can avoid the awkwardness.
By doing so you will stand out from the other applicants as someone who is proactive and serious about getting the job.
If you live in Ohio and are searching for a job, check out these listings.
By Alaina Silbaugh
You got the call.
You applied for a job and they called you for an interview. This is where the fun begins.
Ok fun might be overstating it. You may be thinking, ‘No this is where I start breaking out in a cold sweat and my stomach is in knots.’
It’s normal to get nervous before a job interview. But those nerves don’t have to dictate how well you perform in the interview.
The key is to be prepared.
Whether this is your first job interview or your 97th, here are a few tips for getting prepared.
- Stay Calm
This may be asking a lot. Like I mentioned, it’s normal to get nervous. But an overabundance of nerves or anxiety will not help the situation.
The best way to combat the build up of nerves is to go for a walk, a run, a bike ride or to the gym. Doing something active helps release all that tension and anxiety and help you focus.
- Dress For Success
Your clothes can say volumes about you before you even have a chance to speak.
If your interview is in a professional setting, such as an office building, business appropriate attire would be the way to go.
Slacks or skirt, button up shirt or nice blouse, maybe even a full suit depending on the position you are applying for. This may seem obvious, but you would be surprised what people wear to an interview.
Even if you are interviewing in a more low key environment, such as a factory or a more labor intensive type job, how you present yourself in your interview can really go a long way.
In this case dressing up too much would not be necessary. But you would still want to be sure your clothes are clean and presentable.
Another tip in appearing professional no matter what job you are interviewing for, put your phone on silent and don’t look at it during the interview.
- Do Your Homework
It never hurts to know a bit about the company you want to work for.
This may mean doing research before your interview.
Information such as who the head of the company is, the exact type of work they do, who their biggest clients are, how long they have been around, how many locations they have, any community outreach they do etc., can be obtained with a basic internet search.
Showing you have some knowledge of the company will indicate your initiative and how personally invested you are in getting the job.
- Project Confidence
Although prospective employers expect some nervousness when interviewing potential employees, projecting an air of confidence will greatly decrease the tension for both of you.
The more confident you are, or at least appear, the more at ease everyone will be.
This can result in the interview feeling more like a conversation rather than a stressful interrogation.
Of course I would caution against overconfidence, as this will come off cocky and may lead a potential employer to think you will have a hard time following directions.
- End On A High Note
Many times at the close of an interview, you may be asked if you have anything to add or any other questions.
This is the time to dazzle the interviewer with an intelligent observation or question.
Have something in mind before going in and listen during the interview.
You can simply say something like “So just to make sure I have everything straight, my responsibilities would be …”
This would show off your listening skills and how seriously you are taking the job (even if it’s not yours yet).
Or you can bring in all that research you did and say “Thank you for meeting with me. It would be great to work for a company … (that takes pride in its work)…or..(that is so involved in the community)…”
No matter how you end it, keep it positive, make eye contact, smile, and give a firm handshake.
Keeping these tips in mind will definitely help you stand out from other candidates. Just remember, even if you feel like you aced the interview, you may not get a call back.
Don’t let that discourage you. Every interview you do will be great practice for the next one!
If you live in the Ohio area and are searching for a job, check out these postings.
By Alaina Silbaugh
Millions of Americans move every year, many of them relocating for
work. Are you among those that may be making this type of move?
Here’s why you should add Ohio to your list of
places to consider moving to.
Plentiful Work Opportunities
The biggest concern would be, is there actually work in Ohio?
Short answer: Yes.
Whether you are looking for a job in an industry such as
manufacturing, healthcare, financial or technical, Ohio has it all.
From start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, the perks Ohio offers to
companies makes it a great place for them to set up shop, which means more and more jobs are becoming available all
Of course, while having plenty of work to choose
from is great, there are other things to consider before relocating.
Affordable Cost of Living
One of the most important things to consider when moving is the
cost of living. Ideally, especially if you are selling your current house, you
want to move somewhere where you can get more house for your money.
Fortunately for you, Ohio is just such a place. This is a pretty
impressive feat for a state that has its fair share of populous cities.
In fact, according to a study by US News, Ohio is ranked
second in the nation for housing affordability.
In an April 2019 report done by CNBC, Columbus Ohio
is ranked in the top ten most affordable cities in the US.
Akron, Cincinnati, and Youngstown are a few mid-size cities that
frequently show up as some of the best affordable places to live.
And if small-town life is what you are craving, Van Wert and Delhi
Hills are listed among the most affordable small towns in the nation.
Great For Families
If you have a family or may start one in the future then look no further
than Ohio. With so many small to mid-size cities and towns, the options are
One example is the small town of Bowling Green. According to Livability.com, Bowling Green is one of
the top ten places to raise a family. Being so close to the larger city of
Toledo, families have access to all the perks of city life, while being able to
live in a small town environment complete with great schools, beautiful parks,
and community festivals.
As far as education the number of colleges are plentiful, even in
the smaller towns. Of course, there is also the well known Ohio State
University which is practically its own town, being the third-largest campus in
Worried about there being a shortage of things to do in Ohio?
Have no fear. The bigger cities have aquariums, museums, orchestras, great restaurants, tons of breweries (for mom and dad) and of course football, football, football. Sports fans will have three different major sports teams to root for.
Since Ohio is one of the bordering states of Lake Erie, this gives
Ohioans a great place to visit in the summer. With various beaches and
campgrounds along the shore, as well as multiple islands you can visit.
Ohio is also home to one of the largest state fairs in the
country. And let’s not forget the infamous amusement park, Cedar Point, which
is a national attraction for roller coaster lovers everywhere.
Need more convincing to consider relocating to Ohio? Visit the job board to check out the employment
opportunities waiting for you!
Five Reasons Why The Ohio Job Market Is Better Than You Think
by Alaina Silbaugh
There are many positive things about the great state of Ohio. But for some, finding a job has seemed like an impossibility. Although the unemployment rate in Ohio is slow to improve, the odds of finding a job is not a lost cause.
Here are five reasons why Ohioans need not despair in their job search:
Jobs, Jobs and More Jobs
While it may not seem like it, the job market in Ohio is growing. Hard to believe? You can’t argue with the numbers. According to a report by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services: right now, and for at least the next six years, there are projected to be over 650,000 job openings annually!
That may seem like a crazy high number, but this projection is based on the number of people retiring every year in Ohio outpacing the number of people entering the job market. Which is good news for those looking for work.
Big Businesses = Big Job Market
The tax breaks afforded to businesses and companies wanting to set up shop in Ohio is a benefit to the job market as well. The more businesses that take advantage of the lower taxes and growing economy means more places that are looking to hire.
In fact Ohio is already home to the headquarters of some of the nations’ biggest companies. Just a few examples are: Procter and Gamble, Goodyear, Nationwide Insurance, Big Lots as well as the highly renowned and widely respected Cleveland Clinic.
No Degree? No Problem
While having a degree is always helpful, there are still plenty of jobs for those that do not yet have a degree or those who were not fortunate enough to attend college.
According to the earlier mentioned report, the fields with the most expected job growth in Ohio are the healthcare field (including personal care and technical support) as well as the service industry (including jobs in retail establishments, offices, social services etc). Many of jobs in these fields do not require a four year degree.
Industry Is King
In the past, the backbone of the industry in Ohio has always been manufacturing and innovation. Industries like rubber, steel, chemicals, and cars. In recent years there has been a definite shift in the types of jobs available. The focus now being more on healthcare, retail or office jobs.
The shift in attention to more “white collar” type work just means that the jobs in labor intesive fields (manufacturing, construction, farming, machining, custodial, mechanical, etc.) are getting harder and harder to fill. So even though the number of “blue collar” jobs seem to be shrinking, the demand for people with experience in these fields, or those willing to learn, is most definitely still there.
The Buckeye State of Mind
Finally, having the right attitude in your job search is always a good idea. If you think you have the next big idea or if you are just willing to work and not afraid to learn, then you will be successful in your quest for a job.
After all, Ohio has always been home to hard workers and original thinkers. The first man to fly a plane and the first man to walk on the moon were both Ohioans. And lets not forget Ohio is the birthplace of the hot dog and the home of the first baseball team!
So remember Ohio, the jobs are out there. If you have been looking for a job for a while or even if you are just entering the job market, there are a multitude of places to look. Check out the job listings in your area!
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