Aren’t you tired of reading job descriptions that say ‘5+ years of experience’? You don’t need the experience to get the job because if you are the right person for the job, you will be hired. Managers don’t hire people because they have previous experience in that same job title. Different companies call different jobs by the same title. Consider someone who is a Sales Manager at a hotel and someone who is a Sales Manager at a large consumer products company like Pepsico®. Do they do the same things? Yes, and no.
Transferable skills count as experience
HR people talk all day long about ‘transferable skills’. The reason is that most people don’t just walk into a job interview with all the skills they need to be the perfect candidate. There will always be something that is not at the level the hiring manager would like to have in terms of skills. Maybe the person is great at customer service, but when it comes to problem-solving they are not confident enough. Perhaps they are a phenomenal team builder, but when there is a stronger personality on the team, they cave and take that position.
What you have done helps to get the job
Having a well-rounded capability to use your skills in different areas will make you a valuable candidate. Employers in this economy are looking for people who will be willing to move outside the box into positions and responsibilities that will challenge their current capabilities and provide value to the company. Showing that you have skills that the organization can use in various positions in the company is a very important quality.
Look outside the box
Hiring managers want to know that they are hiring people who will be willing to change with the industry. If you have gained certifications or education that will make you more valuable in the long term to the company – you are doing the right things. If not, do research on what will be the next stage of training or education people will need to have a career in your sector.
Talk to those who know
Who do you know in your industry who can give you some guidance? Before you make a jump in your industry, talk to people who have made that same jump or know the right steps to make the move. The uninformed people jump and then realize that they aren’t ready for the next step or that they haven’t prepared to move beyond one level. Know your limitations and understand the realizations in order to move quickly and accurately.
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