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How to Gain Credibility When You Have Little Experience

How to Gain Credibility When You Have Little Experience
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The Fresher: Looking For Credibility Without Experience

The Fresher: Looking For Credibility Without Experience

The credibility paradox haunts many freshers entering the workforce, who have to show they have credibility and expertise in a field without having the benefit of prior work experience.

The doorway to this is to seem ‘high potential’ to the recruiter, and overcome this experience deficit, building the expertise that they lack.




How To Overcome The Credibility Paradox: Research

Get familiar with industry-specific knowledge, upcoming trends and information, while trying to attain mastery in an area you think you have an edge on.

There are plenty of resources available digitally for a thorough research.



Gaining Experience Through Volunteering

Working on projects as an intern or an unpaid volunteer provides us with the hands-on knowledge we need to jumpstart our careers.

Volunteering for projects provides us with new opportunities to learn and grow, while building our network.



Identify Your Expertise

Do a self-evaluation or a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis to identify your core areas where you can contribute and add value.

Get to know what you are good at so that you can work on harnessing those skills and fast-track your growth.



Being A Good Communicator

If you are able to deliver on time, and establish a reputation of a worker who is able to communicate and follow up well, you will be seen as a reliable, dedicated employee who does not leave an assignment hanging or unconcluded.



Networking When You Have No Work Experience

Building a deep and diverse network of trusted colleagues, along with the college alumni is a time-tested method to get mentoring, advice, feedback and even work.

Your initial contacts are your critical advocates and as you move in your job, you should actively identify and connect with peers and superiors that you admire, to build up your network. One also needs to demonstrate your expertise, motivation and commitment to build a ‘fan following’.




How employees perceive leaders

How employees perceive leaders

Recent surveys have shown that employees can be grouped in two main categories, according to their perception of a new leader:

  • Warriors: they evaluate your knowledge...

Become more relatable as a new leader

Relationships with supervisors can be powerful motivators.

Enough personal information as to make yourself seem more relatable provided at an appropriate time might just be the key to a future successful career.

Make your leadership story successful

Introducing yourself as the new leader of a team can be pretty challenging, as people will want to know more about yourself as well as about your plans in regards to the future of the company.

Explain patiently why you chose this path and how you plan on improving the chosen department. Employees also appreciate it when you explain why your new position is integral to your story and, most important, how your direct reports play a critical role in that story.

Share Your Expertise

  • Nothing helps deepen knowledge as effectively as sharing it.
  • It expands what you know. Sharing your expertise means inviting a new conversation. 
  • It estab...

Become a Mentor

  • There’s no shortage of young professionals looking for guidance. Share the hard earned lessons you’ve collected over the years.
  • Keep your eyes, ears, and mind open. The best part about mentorship is that when it’s a strong partnership, both people learn equally. 


  • You’re automatically afforded a certain level of authority. It seems strange, but writers are presumed to be experts. Just be sure that whatever you put into writing is something you stand by wholeheartedly and are proud of.
  • This can quickly elevate your professional visibility and shape your reputation as a leader in your field. 

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Leverage Social Media

Leverage Social Media

Social media is an incredibly powerful tool for personal branding. 

  • Your up-to-date profiles can tout your skills and accomplishments for you, without yo...

Focus on Relationships

Don't pressure yourself into thinking that you need to be the center of attention or speak with a large audience.

If you continue to build one meaningful relationship at a time with the people who actually matter to you, by setting up informal meetings or coffee dates, you'll actually end up with a stronger personal brand than those people who fly around networking events engaging in endless conversations about the weather.

Expand Your Qualifications

Expanding your skills and expertise is a surefire way to solidify and improve your personal brand

Once you complete your extracurricular, make sure to post your new certification on your LinkedIn, your resume (if relevant) and your personal website to cash in on the branding payoff.