No experience? No worries!
I recently landed a senior role with no experience.
And I beat more qualified and more experienced candidates, too.
In this post I’ll outline how I how I did it so you can do the same.
A Brief Overview Of My Background
I graduated from James Cook University, Townsville in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts.
I wanted to be a Journalist or a Copy Writer
…I ended up in Sales/Account Management.
I loved every minute of it and worked my way up to State Sales Manager.
Towards the end of 2014, however, I asked myself the question – “am I being all I can?”
The answer was a resounding no.
I am obsessed with helping people improve their lives and becoming their best version.
My childhood was, shall we say, questionable.
I wish I had a youth worker when I was a teenager.
I’ve seen how good they are with my teenager daughter and how they’ve helped her through some tough times.
“That’s it,” I said to myself. I’m going to become a youth worker and help young people in need.
And just like that I quit my high paying sales management job and enrolled in a Diploma of Youth Work.
That was April 2015 and I haven’t looked back since, though my focus has shifted from just helping young people to helping everyone.
How I Landed A Senior Role With No Experience
Two weeks ago I started work as a coach/mentor/supervisor.
I work with unemployed and disengaged youth and adults and supervise work experience programs.
The project I am working on with the group is an event
…a large-scale event.
The job ad wanted someone with event management experience.
Although I am a highly skilled coach/mentor and proven leader I had very little, if any, event management experience.
I’ve put together a few birthday parties here and there and ran a Meetup group once…
The ‘old me’ wouldn’t have applied for this job.
I would have ruled myself out on the ‘fact’ that I wasn’t qualified or lacked event management experience.
But when it comes to roles like this the new me knows confidence is more prized than experience.
Ditto not being attached to the outcome.
Let me explain.
I put in a very convincing and well researched application.
I wanted this job and I wanted to work for this company as they have a high-profile and are a leader in their field.
But I refused to let myself become concerned with the result.
I said to myself “if it’s meant to be it’ll be; if not, so be it. Jobs like this or similar are everywhere.”
A month went by and I hadn’t heard anything.
The ‘old me’ would’ve freaked out and beat the crap out of myself:”I knew I wouldn’t get it. I knew I wasn’t good enough…blah, blah, blah.”
The new me went on with life.
Then I got the call: “Can you come in for an interview.”
I prepared thoroughly as I always do and turned up relaxed and in control.
I kept saying to myself over and over ‘if it’s meant to be, it’ll be; if not, so be it. I can relax knowing the universe and my Higher Self are preparing the perfect opportunity for me.”
I got this mantra from Susan Jeffers’ book Feel The Fear…And Do It Anyway.
The organisation’s CEO and senior management interviewed me.
The ‘old me’ used to see CEO’s and the like as better than me.
I would get nervous or become a ‘pleaser.’ or approval seeker.
This approach worked, but I wasn’t respected or always treated right.
Now I see CEO’s and the like as my equal.
I look them straight in the eye with a laser like focus (if they’re a woman I make sure she looks away first).
I seek clarification if I don’t understand something and speak up if I disagree with what they’re saying, rather than nod and agree like I used to.
I make wise and put in a few cheeky remarks here and there when talking to them.
For example, the CEO said she had to leave the interview to attend another meeting.
I replied “lucky you!”
She giggled like a school girl.
I got a phone call the day after with a job offer.
This became possible because I made it so.
I have extreme confidence and self belief.
I know my value and worth.
And I’m not attached to any outcome.
This makes me very attractive and in demand – people are naturally drawn to me and want to hire me.
This is how I landed a high paying job with no experience.
You can do the same.
As always, thanks for reading.