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How to sell yourself with no experience

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by Kim Bassett, President and CEO, Steward Norwood Hospital, Massachusetts

The hardest part of any job search is selling yourself. Even when you have years of experience in an industry this can be a challenge. How do you package your skills when you do not have experience? 

1) Use the job description terminology. Spend time really reviewing the opportunity. Hone in on the keywords within a job description. A human resources department is specifically looking for those keywords in your cover letter and on your résumé.

2) Create experience. I don’t mean lie. Never lie. However, do look at your existing experiences and reorganize them to line up on your résumé with the requirements for the job. For example, if you are a recent graduate, look to projects you did in school that qualify you for some of the areas on the job description.

3) Research the company. Learn as much about the position and the company as you can. Go online....(register to read more)

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