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This article by Ryan Kahn was originally posted on Life Lanes


If you’re just out of college or embarking on a new career path, probably the most intimidating aspect of finding a job is coming up with relevant experience.


But there’s no reason to despair. Just follow these three tips to help beef up your application without making it sound like a bunch of fluff.


1. Embrace your inexperience

I’ll let you in on a little secret: When you’re applying for an entry-level position, the hiring manager already knows you have little to no experience. So why do we beat ourselves up trying to manufacture applicable experience?


Instead, I suggest embracing your inexperience and leveraging it as motivation to learn. For instance, if you’re applying to a PR firm, you might highlight how you became the star student in writing class when you motivated yourself from being someone who couldn’t finish a book report to one who wrote a 50-page thesis. Sure, the experience itself isn’t perfectly connected to the PR industry, but this accomplishment perfectly illustrates your dedication, curiosity and commitment to learn and grow.


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