How to deal with having a lack of industry experience, by Matthew Coppola

We’ve all heard it before. The typical response from an employer/recruiter saying that you lack industry experience. So, face with this issue, how do you deal with it?

Employers generally say this because they genuinely need someone who has experience in their industry, whether it be in the same role or a completely different position. Especially needed when a set of key selection criteria need to be addressed.

Every industry is different. Having an understanding of the industry, what the market is like, any regulations, policies or other intricacies of the industry can be very important to an employer. To them, you understand their business and their industry. They can relate better to you and discuss industry matters with you knowing full well that you have some level of familiarity with the sector that their business.

So, the question is, how do I respond to that answer?

You may decide to talk about your experience in another industry that is similar, and how it relates to their industry. But, that isn’t always easy.

The next step may be to obtain some work experience or volunteer your time in the industry that you need to gain exposure to. This may help and be beneficial to put on your resume.

Another option is to do a course/workshop/attend a conference relevant to that industry.


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Published by Matthew Coppola - Career Coach, Employment Specialist and Professional CV Writer

Holding a graduate degree in Commerce, majoring in Economics at Curtin University, as well as a post graduate certificate in Career Education and Development at RMIT University, Matthew brings with him many years of experience working in the fields of business development, marketing, soft-skills training and employment services industry. He has gained significant exposure in working with employers in sourcing staff as well as assisting jobseekers in promoting and marketing themselves to employers and securing sustainable employment outcomes. He is currently working in Disability Employment Services where he assists clients with mental health disabilities in finding and keeping satisfying and gainful employment and helping them overcome and work around barriers to employment. He has helped many job seekers secure employment by training and coaching them in the art of being interviewed and giving the interviewer a positive and lasting impression. He knows how to sell and market a job seeker to an employer and he imparts this knowledge to his clients in helping them sell and market themselves in an interview. Matthew regularly writes new articles on a variety of employment related topics and posts these to his personal website blog

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