What If You Don’t Have Enough Experience?

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15 March 2017

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You’ve finally found it: Your dream big data or analytics job posting.  You settle in to read the details of the position, and the worst happens. You realize that you don’t have enough experience for the job. The good news? Lack of experience won’t necessarily keep you out of the running. If you’re applying for a top-level management job and you’re fresh out of school, that’s another story. But if you’re just missing one or two years of minimum experience, or one or two tech skills, you can still do things to catch a hiring manager’s eye.

Sell Yourself in Your Cover Letter

Your cover letter will be the hiring manager’s first exposure to you as a professional. If you can sell your positives in that letter, the shortcomings of your resume will be easier to overlook.  You don’t want to write a novel; a cover letter should be detailed but concise. Provide examples of past success that matches up with some of the specifics of the job posting.  Focus on those areas that seem to be priorities, based on the job listing.

Think Beyond Your Jobs

You might not have professional exposure to specific systems, but what have you done in your spare time? If you are a member of a local coding club, for example, or if you spend your free time developing projects in the open source realm, don’t discount that experience. If it is relevant to the job you’re looking for, highlight it on your resume. Whether or not you get paid for your skills at this time is irrelevant. Hiring managers just want to know that you have experience and exposure to specific systems, platforms and languages.

Stay Positive

You’ve probably heard stories about people “willing” positive results in their personal or professional lives. Whether or not your thoughts and feelings can actually generate a positive outcome is up for debate, but your attitude is extremely important when you’re looking to take the next step in your career. If you enter an interview thinking, “There is no way I’m getting this job,” it’s likely to have an impact on your tone of voice and body language. Don’t underestimate the power of enthusiasm. Even if you don’t get the job, you might make a positive impression on the interviewer, who may think of you when a new positions opens for which you are qualified.  In fact, many hiring managers are willing to overlook gaps in experience if a candidate is enthusiastic and demonstrates a willingness to learn.

Partner With a Professional

You will not get a job offer every time you send out a job application. But you can increase the chances that you will find and land a job that aligns with your career goals when you partner with a professional big data recruiter.  Recruiters are directly tapped in to open positions that aren’t necessarily posted on job boards. They will work with you to help you put your best foot forward on your resume, and they will help you polish your interviewing skills.  Big Data recruiters also “talk you up” to hiring managers before your interview, which can help you overcome objections that an interviewer may have.

If you are a professional seeking new opportunities to grow your career, Onboard Recruitment Advisers would love to talk to you. Our recruiters work closely with professionals in big data, analytics and insights. We help our talent cultivate the resume and interviewing skills to make a strong impression on hiring managers. For more information on our recipe for your success, contact us today.

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