No Work Experience

This reading gives young people with no work experience examples of what they can talk about to make a good impression in a job interview.

If you are a high school student with no work history, it's important to be prepared to discuss other areas of your life that demonstrate your skills, abilities, and potential as a good employee. Here are some things you can talk about in a job interview:

Extracurricular activities: Discuss any extracurricular activities you have participated in, such as sports teams, clubs, or volunteer work. This can demonstrate your ability to work in a team, leadership skills, and commitment.

Academic achievements: Highlight any academic achievements, such as being on the honor roll or receiving awards. This can show your dedication to learning, attention to detail, and ability to follow through with tasks.

Volunteer work: Discuss any volunteer work that highlights being responsible. This could be caring for younger siblings, or helping in your community.

Relevant coursework: If you have taken courses that are relevant to the job you are applying for, discuss them and how they have prepared you for the job.

Skills: Discuss any skills you have developed outside of work, such as computer skills, communication skills, or problem-solving skills. Provide specific examples of how you have demonstrated these skills.

Personal qualities: Highlight personal qualities such as reliability, punctuality, and a strong work ethic. Provide specific examples of how you have demonstrated these qualities in your life, such as through academic achievements or extracurricular activities.

Career goals: Discuss your career goals and how the job you are applying for fits into your long-term plans. This can show your motivation and dedication to your future career.

By discussing these areas, you can demonstrate your potential as a valuable employee, even if you do not have any formal work experience. It's important to prepare and practice your responses so you can confidently discuss these areas during the job interview.

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