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Experience to work. Work for experience.


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Hi! I hope you are feeling well!
My name is Maximiliano, I'm from Argentina, I'm 27 years old and I have an IT Support certificate from Google.
I would like to ask those of you who are from Argentina, mainly, but all answers are appreciated

I am trying to get my first formal job, and I am having a hard time finding it. 
My biggest problem, or what is taking away my motivation, is that in all the job ads I see, they always ask for certain years of experience. And to tell the truth, although I have been a computer technician for years, but I have no verifiable work experience, since I have never had a formal job.

I would like to know if someone with more experience can tell me or help me how to solve this problem. I don't ask for magic solutions, but I would like some advice on how to apply for those jobs where they ask for several years of experience.


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@MaximilianoBarrios - this is not an answer based on the Argentina job market specifically, but it should still apply. Generally, employers ask for work experience to understand your skill set and what you can accomplish. It is possible an employer would hire you over someone with direct experience if you can show that you can accomplish more than the other person. I would recommend that start understanding what exactly a professional with a couple of years of experience can do, and how you would compare to them. For example, you can do a LinkedIn search for people who are currently in roles that you think would be a good fit for you (i.e. roles with your target title) and then compare their skills to yours. Do you think you'd be able to do what they do? If so, what makes you believe that? Then you need to communicate that information to a prospective employer on your resume. I hope that helps!

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@MaximilianoBarrios - this is not an answer based on the Argentina job market specifically, but it should still apply. Generally, employers ask for work experience to understand your skill set and what you can accomplish. It is possible an employer would hire you over someone with direct experience if you can show that you can accomplish more than the other person. I would recommend that start understanding what exactly a professional with a couple of years of experience can do, and how you would compare to them. For example, you can do a LinkedIn search for people who are currently in roles that you think would be a good fit for you (i.e. roles with your target title) and then compare their skills to yours. Do you think you'd be able to do what they do? If so, what makes you believe that? Then you need to communicate that information to a prospective employer on your resume. I hope that helps!

 

Hi Vera!
First of all I hope you are feeling well!!! And also thank you for your time to answer me.
Wow, it is very gratifying what you have told me, and being honest, I had never seen it like this.

I'm going to take that initiative, and start applying for those jobs, but first I'll take a moment to apply that exercise you shared with me.

Thank you again for your response, you have given me hope again :blush:

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