If you have ever tried breaking into an industry without relevant experience, it can seem impossible. All people seem to want is the experience you don’t have. It can feel like a vicious circle, but there is a better way.
This is another short, mid-week episode of Finance Career Launch where we discuss a skill, habit or mindset that will help you advance your career in finance. Today we’ll cover a question from Jennifer about breaking into a new industry when you don’t have the experience that everyone seems to want.
When I look for jobs in different industries, the employers always want to see experience – which I don’t have! I try to word sentences in a sense that my expertise and duties can be translated to the majority of industries but I never seem to get even an interview.
This can be really frustrating. Chances are, you aren’t articulating exactly what you want to exactly the right people.
In this episode:
- Why you should approach a career transition as an iterative process
- How to gain focus on what you want and your skills
- Thinking about the specific situations and companies where you think you would excel and add value
- Why you need to speak with other people about your career transition plans
- How to get others to help you during your transition
- Ways to use your direct and extended networks
- Connecting your experiences with the needs of your future employer
- Why your experience, although different, may be better than what employers think they need
- Creating something to showcase your true value and personal brand
Music by Elijah from NOMADS