Top 10 That Don’t Require Training or Experience
For most recruiters, the first step in their applicant screening process is to look at work experience, formal training, education or certification. The operative word here is “most”.
The reality is that there are plenty of jobs out there that can be done without a specific set of hard skills gained from past experience.
Wait. “What are hard skills?” you ask. These refer to skills that are teachable, the ones you can learn in a classroom, through training courses and materials, or from previous jobs.
Accounting skills are an excellent example of hard skills. To be an accountant, you need to learn specific principles of accounting, and this is done through formal education and career advancement.
Computer programming/coding is another example of a hard skill; so are foreign language skills since one must learn these by studying them.
Hard skills are contrasted with soft skills, which can be loosely defined as the personal attributes you need to succeed in the workplace.
Instead of technical intelligence, soft skills concern social intelligence. Leadership, teamwork, and adaptability are examples of soft skills.
For those who lack work experience, education, or training, having a rich set of soft skills can be your ticket to employment.
So, if you are trying to find work but are worried about being “unqualified”, don’t despair. Gaining employment is a matter of focusing on applying for roles that prioritize soft skills.
Here are ten jobs you should consider:
If you have an outgoing, helpful personality, then you’re probably a good fit for a sales associate role. Especially retail businesses are in constant need of people to assist their customers and sell their products.
In general, these employers will overlook hard skills in favor of people with strong interpersonal skills who show enthusiasm and knowledge of the company and its product.
Construction work is very diverse. Certain trades (plumber, electrician, etc.) will require you to hone your craft through certification programs. But at many construction projects, there are general laborers who learn on the job. They get their start doing basic tasks and then working their way up to more responsibility.
Soft skills that are demanded of these workers include reliability, a positive attitude and hard-working nature.
Are you a highly organized person? Do you pride yourself on professionalism and attention to detail? Then working as an administrative assistant would be a great fit.
Administrative assistants are the unsung heroes of offices everywhere. They are the ones who keep business running smoothly by scheduling meetings, maintaining filing systems, answering/redirecting phone calls, and much, much more.
This is a great starting point for anyone looking to work in an office environment (case in point: yours truly). But keep in mind that basic computer skills may be a requirement.
4. Library Technician
Many librarians get their start as library technicians. These are the people who ensure a positive experience for library visitors, and that means a pretty long list of responsibilities.
Obviously a passion for books and promoting reading will help you get hired. But proven interpersonal and organizational skills are pivotal too. After all, you’ll be the one making sure the books end up on the right shelf.
OK, there is one hard skill that you must have to fill this role: a driver’s license, along with a clean driving record.
The future may be filled with autonomous vehicles, but for the time being, drivers are in high demand from a variety of businesses. Courier/postal services, food suppliers, and taxi services are just some examples of who you might work for as a driver.
Being self-disciplined, patient and responsible are key to getting hired in these roles.
Working as a server or bartender has helped millions of college students finance their studies (and social lives). It’s one of the most common entry-level jobs among young people, and this has a lot to do with the accessibility of these roles.
Getting a start as a server doesn’t require years and years of education. Above all, restaurant and bar owners want friendly, reliable staff. Some experience handling transactions and epicurean knowledge helps – but they aren’t essential starting out.
One caveat to consider is that depending on where you are applying, servers may be required to obtain food safety certification before being hired. Though this is not a cumbersome process.
Could there be a more perfect job for someone who loves the outdoors? And being a gardener or landscaper is even better if you already have a bit of a green thumb.
Make no mistake, gardening and landscaping can be an art form, requiring a lot of intricate knowledge. But that knowledge comes with time on the job.
At an entry-level, landscaping companies want people with a willingness to get their hands dirty and do a bit of heavy lifting.
Satisfied customers are the lifeline of any business. So the people that interact with customers play a pivotal role in a company’s success.
Customer service representatives have the goal of building positive relationships with customers. Therefore, many of the skills employers are looking for are communication-related soft skills.
These roles can involve interaction with people in-person (E.g.: at a customer service desk) or over the phone (E.g.: a company call center).
9. Postal Worker
Working behind a desk all day may not sound appealing to people who embrace an active lifestyle. So imagine being paid to roam the streets, listening to music, while delivering people’s mail.
Our so-called “paperless society” hasn’t taken hold just yet, so postal workers are still in demand. If you are healthy, punctual and have strong attention to detail, you’re probably the right fit for the job.
Just remember you’ll need to brave the elements year-round.
10. Law Enforcement
While soft skills are demanded by all the jobs listed above, law enforcement takes this to the next level. The screening process for police officers and private security personnel places integrity, responsibility, and sound judgment as essential attributes.
Obviously, police officers go through an extensive training program. But that doesn’t mean they have a specific set of hard skills or education before entering the police academy.
Instead, getting a start in law enforcement officers typically demands a history of community service and a spotless track record.
Some final considerations
Regardless of your work history, skill set, and education, the key to getting hired is to demonstrate to an employer that you have the personal attributes required to succeed in a given role.
It is your resume (or CV) and cover letter that do the talking for you when applying for jobs. Treating these as strategic documents that highlight essential skills for the job you seek is critical to getting hired.
If you lack experience or hard skills, then organizing your resume to showcase your soft skills is a good first step. Writing a killer cover letter with persuasive language is a huge help too, especially if you are applying for a role that demands strong communication skills.