/ Asked by Alicia
I have little education and a lack of long term experience. What jobs will hire me? Can I be considered for jobs without years of experience required? I have little documented experience at some of my past jobs, but I'm a very hard working young woman? I can really do anything if I'm shown how, and I'm easy to train. I also have not earned my GED.
Answered by Monica, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Thursday, June 9, 2016
My compliments to you for having a “can do” attitude.  Self-confidence is an important part of achieving any goal you set your mind to. 
There are many entry level jobs that would consider hiring you without experience.  For example, while working toward your GED, you may be able to land those jobs with the help of the institution that provides GED education.  Many of these institutions offer internships or on-the-job training opportunities for GED students.  I would also recommend you reach out to your local unemployment office.   Some of them offer train-to-work programs where you learn new skills and get paid while learning. 
Also, a lot of organizations are realizing that working with - and developing – the unskilled youth workforce is the way to secure talent.  Check out the site http://gradsoflife.org/ , and click on the Connect link to find out what organizations offer entry level employment pathways in your area.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on Thursday, June 9, 2016
Of course you can be considered for jobs without years of experience! There are positions out there that are looking for entry level candidates with little to no experience. I would recommend to visit your local career center. They are a great resource and tool to use. They will be able to help you put together your resume, help you to apply to jobs and could steer you in the right direction. I think it’s great if you are looking to obtain your GED this will also open up other windows of opportunities for you!
Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Looking for a job is one thing and looking for something you are interested in, passionate about and want to make a career is another.  Start by thinking about what you love to do.  Retail sales positions offer a great entry level position that also offer excellent long term career paths. You will have excessive interaction with people, customers, peers, supervisors and perhaps vendors, so be sure that you like working with others and in a team environment.  It's important that if this is something that interest you, that you start talking to people everywhere you go, and start networking and asking people if they like their jobs, and if there may be an opening for you.  Your favorite store, restaurant, bank and the car dealership nearby are just a few places to start.  You should also check into benefits where you go and they may also offer tuition reimbursement or other resources to get you that GED and perhaps further your education, all the while building a strong and exciting career.   Good Luck!
Answered by Courtney, Hiring Expert at ADP, on Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Great question!  You need to be sure you are targeting the jobs that fit your qualifications today.  Even if this job is not exactly what you are looking for or not quite your dream job, you can use this experience to build your resume.  I would put your effort into advancing in your role there and taking on stretch projects that you can highlight during an interview process.  I would also recommend not to "job hop."  It is important that you show commitment to your responsibilities.  A recruiter will be impressed by work history that shows advancement and taking on additional responsibility regardless of the company or occupation.  I would then find time to further your education and once you can combine that with a track record of high performance & advancement at work, you will have a better shot at those jobs that require more experience.  Good luck!
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