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I’ve almost finished my bachelor in mechanical engineering. As it turns out, a local amusement rides manufacturer has vacanies right now. So, I’m thinking about applying for a job there, even though I’ve barely started my masters degree.
Unfortunately, I have hardly any experience when it comes to job applications, interviews etc. Anyone have any tips?
Yeah, this is an easy one. You don’t need experience if you have skills and desire. You can emphasize this point in an interview… that you have sklls and desire. It’s actually a good thing from their point of view that you don’t have experience, because this means they won’t have to pay you as much. And the fact that you’ve got skills means you can help them, and desire means you’ll be a good employee.
My advice is to find three important skills that you can help them with. If you’re not sure what they need, ask them without sounding like a complete rookie. “Why don’t you tell me what skills you need the most and I’ll be able to better explain how I can help” … from there you simply emphasize how you fit the job. If you’re charming, nice and persistent, you may have good luck!
Thanks for the tips! It won’t be hard to tell something about my enthousiasm, so I guess that is a good idea indeed. We’ll see how it turns out.
Well, I’ve had a chat earlier this week. If I manage to pass my last bachelor-test next week, my changes will be good. Of course it’s way to early to tell, but the thought alone excites me – a lot!
As an aside, I would recommend getting out of the frame of mind of applying for a job. Instead you should network and make friends in the right places. Go to networking events. Meet people. In my humble opinion, “applying for a job” is a term born from depression era thinking, passed to our parents from our grandparents who experienced it. The better way to do it is to learn how to network. If you can do this successfully, you’ll never lack a job because new work is but a phone call away.
Its funny that you mention that about applying for a job, although i do agree with you. Yesterday i was browsing the Universal website job board and came across a job that I felt I had the right knowledge and experience to apply for. So I sent my resume and a letter to them. I also sent a copy to Mark Woodbury who is i guess the head man over there, so Ill keep my fingers crossed that someone calls me!