Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Tuesday, March 29, 2016
There are a few answers for anyone that is looking to break into a particular field and get their first job with very little experience; 1. get you foot in the door, 2. network, 3. apply, apply and apply! Get you foot in the door means taking a position that "may" lead to the position you are looking for. It means looking for a position that may be something you never thought you would want to do (answer phones, book appointments), however it will give you the opportunity to showcase the skills you have, and the determination and drive and the quality that everyone is looking for, and that is you will do what it takes to get the job done! Networking is imperative! You must get out there and meet people and MOST IMPORTANTLY let them know what you are looking for and ask them to be an advocate for you. Think about networking much like the scenario where you tell one person something and then they tell 10 people and then that 10 tell 10 and on and on. In order to network and be most effective at it, it's critical to have a business card and an excellent elevator speech. An elevator speech is a VERY brief overview of your greatest attributes, experience, what you are looking for and what you have to offer any company that will give you a chance, often under two minutes. Look for alum networking events, industry get togethers, look to joining an organization and attend every event with the goal of getting 5 advocates, imagine how quickly your network can grow with that as goal. And finally, you will never get an opportunity to interview without applying. It is so important to apply to every opportunity that interest you, where you meet the qualifications. Remember, go back to #!, get your foot in the door, you have to apply to do that. Set a goal for yourself, that you will apply to 2 jobs per day and hold yourself accountable. Best of Luck to you!