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Is it hard to land a job in the business world after graduation?

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Latoiya Holloman Aurora, IL

I have a masters in Business and every job I apply for says I don't qualify because lack of experience. How can I get experience if everybody is looking for people with experience?

17 October 2018 7 replies Mentoring

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Advisor

Emanuel Carpenter Atlanta, GA

Latoiya - Congratulations on getting your Masters. That is a great accomplishment. So now it's all about letting that degree and your military experience work for you. Here's my advice:

1. Look for jobs that depend on what you did in the military AND your degree. Tailor your resume to meet the most common job descriptions you believe are a fit and use your military experiences as your qualifications OR

2. Consider entry-level positions that only rely on your degree. For example, you could probably easily get an entry-level sales job. It can prepare you for starting your own business too. OR

3. Consider the COMPANY you want to work for first. Find out if they believe in promoting from within. If they do, find ANY job at that company that pays enough to live on. Meanwhile, introduce yourself to the managers of the departments where you really want to work. Be on the lookout for open positions. It might take a year but the wait will be worth it. My buddy worked in the mail room at a large bank for a year. He then worked his way up to higher-paying jobs at this bank as he obtained more education.

4. Let your family, friends, and ex-colleagues be your recruiters. If they work at a company you would like to work for, send them your resume. Tell them finding a job is crucial. Their personal referral will be more valuable than you just going to job boards and completing applications.

5. Consider volunteering to get the experience you need. An internship could be helpful as well.

6. If using job boards, try the ones that focus on helping veterans find jobs like HirePurpose or HireHeroes.org.

The rest really depends on what type of position you're looking for. I hope this is helpful.

10 November 2018 Helpful answer

Advisor

FRANCIS TEPEDINO, ESQ. San Diego, CA

Perhaps I am reading something into your statement that is not there. Stop complaining about the market - there are many jobs out there.

What jobs are you applying for? Where?; in which industry sector?

A Master's degree while a note-worthy achievement - will not automatically guarantee you a job. Perhaps you were mislead on that point.

Apply for a job in a corporation as a Junior Buyer in Purchasing. You are over-qualified for that type position but start there. Demonstrate your abilities; get experience and then "move up" the organization.

Advisor

Ken Vennera Norristown, PA

Latoiya: I have to agree with Emmanuel above. Those are the points I'd recommend and I think he said it best and very succinctly. It depends on your existing resources. If you can stick it out for a long search you can come up with something. If not, you might have to compromise slightly. Unfortunately, even when moving laterally, the opportunities may not be truly "lateral" and you have to step down slightly to step in before you step up. Wish you the best.

Advisor

Nora Anna Norwalk, CT

Volunteer in the Non Profit Sector. Every non-profit is desperate for Board Members who are business literate. You can volunteer - part-time - as a Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, General Board Member who helps the Board move forward in all projects. Sooner than you think you will be putting a great deal of experience on your resume that will make getting the job you want easier. Good Luck! and blessings to you and your family.

Advisor

Henry ("Hank") Stevens Fort Lauderdale, FL

Focus on your TALENTS. A quality employer will look past your lack of experience to the talents a candidate brings to the table. Something about not being able to, "Teach Pigs to Sing."

Point being, Just what are the TALENTS that you possess that an employer would find attractive - given the position(s) you seek?

Don't know what your talents are? Here is a FREE website that will help point you in the correct direction. If you need help interpreting same, I will be happy to provide FREE counsel - for a fellow vet.

http://www.humanmetrics.com/hr/jtypesresult.aspx

Advisor

Deborah Carter Owens Cross Roads, AL

Hi Latoiya,

You have experience, you just need to consider the work that you did in the Army and translate those activities and accomplishments into the language used in the job requisition. Almost everything in just about any role involves a process, the potential for improvements, cost, schedule, and change and people management. I know it’s a lot of work to think it through, but ACP can help you with a mentoring relationship and potentially a mentor can help you with that translation.

Good luck!
Deb

Advisor

ACP AdvisorNet Staff New York, NY

Hi Latoiya,

Thank you for your service and for utilizing ACP AdvisorNet!

I took a look through past questions on the site and found one with a lot of valuable advice, which you can view here: https://acp-advisornet.org/questions/2921.

One of the pieces of advice is to tell your story through a cover letter. In a cover letter, you can explain how your life experiences and education have prepared and trained you to take on the specific role. Below are a few resources that can help with writing a cover letter:

The Best Cover Letter I Ever Received from Harvard Business Review - https://hbr.org/2009/06/the-best-cover-letter

How to Write a Cover Letter: 31 Tips from The Muse - https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-write-a-cover-letter-31-tips-you-need-to-know

Please reach out if you have any other questions!

Best,
Megan

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