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Land­ing a new job in to­day’s tough eco­nomic cli­mate is dif­fi­cult enough. Se­cur­ing a role in an in­dus­try where you have lit­tle to no ex­pe­ri­ence can seem down­right daunt­ing. Maybe you’re a re­cent grad­u­ate look­ing to get your foot in the door of an emerg­ing in­dus­try. Or maybe you’re tired of your cur­rent sec­tor and look­ing for a new chal­lenge. What­ever your per­sonal sit­u­a­tion, there are many ways you can bet­ter po­si­tion your­self for a suc­cess­ful en­try into a new in­dus­try, even if you have never worked in it be­fore. Fol­low our tips be­low to make sure you’re do­ing ev­ery­thing you can to mar­ket your­self for the in­dus­try of your choos­ing.

Sell Your Soft Skills

Some of the most trans­fer­able ca­pa­bil­i­ties you have are soft skills. What are soft skills? At­tributes like com­mu­ni­ca­tions, re­la­tion­ship build­ing, prob­lem-solv­ing and time man­age­ment are a few ex­am­ples. Th­ese are skills that can be dif­fi­cult to mea­sure, but im­pos­si­ble to repli­cate or re­place.

By pro­mot­ing your soft skills, you are tak­ing some of the at­ten­tion away from your lack of spe­cific ex­pe­ri­ence. Show a re­cruiter or hir­ing man­ager how you can fit into their com­pany’s cul­ture, and you’ll have a bet­ter chance of lev­el­ing up to com­peti­tors who may only be fo­cused on high­light­ing their rel­e­vant in­dus­try projects or ex­pe­ri­ence.

If you are able to se­cure an in­ter­view op­por­tu­nity, be pre­pared to de­scribe how your soft skills have helped your com­pa­nies in the past. Were you able to re­vamp a cus­tomer ac­count by offering bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tions and re­la­tion­ship build­ing than your pre­de­ces­sor? Were you cho­sen for spe­cial projects by your CEO or ex­ec­u­tive lead­er­ship team due to your unique knack for cre­atively solv­ing com­plex prob­lems? Try to tell th­ese sto­ries on your per­sonal brand­ing ma­te­ri­als to sell your­self in the most pow­er­ful way pos­si­ble.

Lever­age Your Trans­fer­able Ex­pe­ri­ence

If you have been work­ing pro­fes­sion­ally for a few years, you can have con­fi­dence

that you have ex­pe­ri­ence that can trans­late across in­dus­tries. To­day’s job mar­ket is more fluid than ever be­fore, with com­pa­nies look­ing past in­dus­try-spe­cific ex­pe­ri­ence for tal­ent who can step in and make an im­me­di­ate im­pact with their spe­cific skillset and value sys­tem.

If you’re com­ing out of col­lege, there are likely ex­pe­ri­ences that can be trans­lated into a pow­er­ful story that can con­vince a re­cruiter or hir­ing man­ager to give you a chance. Maybe you were heav­ily in­volved with your soror­ity or fra­ter­nity, or maybe you played a part in an an­nual fundrais­ing event for a univer­sity pro­gram.

Take a Chance

Hold­ing out for the per­fect job when you don’t have any rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ence can dra­mat­i­cally de­crease your chances of land­ing a new op­por­tu­nity. Some­times in the job mar­ket, es­pe­cially dur­ing times of in­tense com­pe­ti­tion, we have to be will­ing to com­pro­mise some of the things on our new job wish list.

You may not be able to land ex­actly what you’re look­ing for in terms of lo­ca­tion, pay, ben­e­fits, ti­tle and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. But the more will­ing you are to sac­ri­fice some of th­ese items, the more likely you’ll be able to get your foot in the door of a new in­dus­try. Stay true to your­self and your goals, but re­al­ize that every op­por­tu­nity is dif­fer­ent and all pos­si­ble job prospects should be care­fully con­sid­ered.

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