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Search and getting a job with no experience, is a tough task, to say the least for two key reasons. The first job opening for fresher comes in very few numbers and second you compete with loads of freshers or parallel peers for that job.
And if you are trying to get a job that needs some experience and you don’t have any then you are really trying a hard nut to crack. But the fact is, the experience is only one feature of what employers are looking for in a potential employee, and often it’s not even the most important one.
So, what are the key aspects that you can focus on if you have no experience?
That’s why we are here to help, read my blog for details.
Before you apply for a job opening, you need to do your research. This is one way to replace your lack of experience with demonstrative passion. Learn everything you can about the firm and the role for which you’re applying. You need to know what type of projects they do, what are their recent wins, who would be your potential colleagues, etc.
You can find a lot more from the LinkedIn profile of the firm and their employees. If their recent win is the result of this job opening, then learn more about that project where you will be placed. Write down specific words that stand out to you as being relevant to those positions. Create your pitch by using that information.
Now it’s time to focus on the Role itself.
The job description provides details of the job profile, skills and soft skills that the potential employer is looking for. You should give full attention to the soft skills because that’s where you may score well without having project experience. The gcelab.com provides various online courses to enhance the soft skills of Civil Engineering design and best practices.
These courses can surely give you an edge over the other peers. Adding these critical skills to your portfolio will not only give you an edge over others, but it will also help you plan your career towards a specialised area such as highway design or drainage design or traffic modelling, etc.
The more you get into the specialised area, the easier for you to get a well-paid job in one of the top civil engineering firms.
If you are applying for a job in a civil engineering consulting firm, you can showcase your soft skill in MS Excel for traffic analysis, Pavement Design, Drainage Gully calculation, etc. Basic knowledge of civil engineering design projects from feasibility stage to preliminary design, detailed and construction stage would give you an edge over other peers.
Gcelab.com provides a variety of civil engineering courses to cover those skillsets. I would highly recommend completing those courses before applying for those jobs as a fresher. There are plenty of free courses at the gcelab.com platform to get a quick flavour. Please click here to see those courses.
Your soft skills are the key selling points that employers will be interested in hearing about. That includes soft skills, collaborative working skills, and communication skills.
If there’s a possibility, go the extra mile to show them how much you want the job, a decent technique to do this is to offer a sample of what you can bring to the table. Let’s say if you’re applying for a highway design engineering position, first learn the design principles and best practices by attending courses at gcelab.com.
Then prepare your own Dummy Project of road link design, or roundabout design, traffic analysis, drainage design, signal design, etc. Get it verified by your college professors or freelance experts from the industry. Develop a portfolio of multiple projects covering drainage design, traffic analysis, project planning, etc.
Now it’s time to showcase it during the interview. It’s an extra effort that usually impresses your interviewer, and if it’s good, it will give them more reason to consider you despite the fact that you have no job experience.
Your goal is to persuade the potential employer that you have what it takes to do the job exceedingly well. You have no experience, but you have gained desirable skills through online courses and you have executed that as a pilot project. You need to demonstrate that you are confident in your ability to perform better than other freshers or even experienced candidates.
Employers take initial 5-6 seconds to look at the CV to decide the fate of the candidate. Yes, that’s true. Amazed? They glance through a CV and make a decision in less than 6 seconds and pick the next CV. You cannot miss this opportunity to impress them with your impressive CV.
So, how to impress them in a matter of seconds and get a job? That’s what we do for you. The gcelab.com provides a CV builder application to develop impressive CVs. Our CV builder provides plenty of customized CV templates to our students to build CVs as per their needs.
Once you attend your job interview, you must drop a follow-up mail to get the updates. If you don’t get an immediate response, that doesn’t mean you are not selected. There could be a variety of reasons for them not to reply to you straight away. But a follow-up mail could help you to get more clarity.
A short follow-up email to greet them for the interview opportunity and a request for an update would suffice and hopefully, you get a job.
Getting a job with no experience is a challenging task but it’s not an impossible task. You can get a very demanding and well-paid job if you manage to project yourself efficiently by following the above techniques and stand out from the crowd.
You need to think differently and execute your plans differently to get the result in your favour.
Also, we are always keen to hear from you. So, feel free to contact us if you need any further advice.
Regards, Pooja Founder gcelab.com
Founder at gcelab.com, Pooja is an Entrepreneur unlocking human potential. Working in the Principles of Lean Start-up, Pooja believes in Transparency and User Happiness the most. Pooja’s background in teaching gives her a sophisticated grasp on even the most tedious aspect of course building. She is passionate about people who believe that good is not enough.
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