No Experience, Apply Anyway?

Dear Dave,

Do you think it's a good idea to apply for a job if you have a degree in the proper field, but no real work experience in that area?

Denise

Dear Denise,

Absolutely! Does this mean you'll get the job? No, but I can promise you one thing: The only sure-fire way to make sure you miss out on a job is by not applying for the position in the first place.

Line up all the interviews you can for jobs for which you have a reasonable chance of being hired. Then, go in there with your head held high, and impress them with how articulate you are and how you carry yourself. Use your style, intelligence, education, and confidence to sell yourself and your ability to jump in, learn quickly, and get the job done!

I've met lots of people who say they have 20 years of experience, but it's really more like one year of experience 20 times. That kind of "experience" is useless. I've also met lots of sharp people without experience, but you can tell they're the kind who will put their minds to work, think outside the box, and figure out a way to get things done. As an employer, if I've got a choice between the two, that's the one I want to bring onto my team!

- Dave

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