Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, July 18, 2014
It is a difficult situation when companies have unrealistic expectations for entry level positions, but what I would recommend is to try to shift the focus away from your lack of experience and to your character and your willingness to learn. On your resume, emphasize your community involvement, leadership skills, and other non-work related activities that you have been involved with. This will show a prospective employer what type of person you are versus what experience you have or do not have. Next you should provide real examples of how you took the initiative to learn something that you previously did not know. This could be something related to work, school, or something else. It is one thing to say that you are willing to learn, but giving actual examples of it is far more impactful. If you do not currently have such things in your background to shift the focus to, it would greatly help you to seek out such opportunities.