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You Ask, She Answers: How Can You Prove You Can Do A Job You’ve Never Done Before?

Question From Bolaji;
I have been applying for a new job for the past six months now. My current job is not really what I want to develop a career in. I prefer a career in sales but I really have not done a job with that title before. I read the job descriptions and I am so convinced this is something I can succeed at. The problem is how I can prove it on my CV and during interview that I can do it though I have never done it before.

 

 Advice to this question from Mildred Talabi;
As the job competition is much more today than it’s possibly ever been (an average of around 70 people apply for every job), it’s harder to convince an employer to take you on for a job you haven’t done before when they are very likely to have received applications from many who have – and thus less training expenses for them. However, it’s not impossible – you can convince an employer through your CV by highlighting relevant transferable skills or experience similar to the role that you may have done outside of a work environment (for example, through voluntary work); through your cover letter by highlighting how your passion and quick learning makes up for your lack of experience; and finally at the interview by being honest about your shortcomings but highlighting your areas of strength and letting your personality shine through

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