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Have you ever applied for a position that you had no experience in and got an offer? How did you sell yourself to the interviewers?

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You have to sell that you have sincere passion in what you want to switch to, that your current role has at least taught you to be a quick learner, and that you’ve pursued learning about the field in your spare time (aka certifications if it’s the kind of industry that likes that). I did a lot of coffee chats and ended up with a decent number of people in the industry rooting for me, which helped a lot.

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Incredibly rare. I applied for a position that I had zero experience in as a senior associate in PA - the role was in industry. I was interviewed by HR and then by the hiring manager. They did not hire me because I really had no experience in the area technically. But a month later HR called me and had a different position open up at manager level in another department - they thought I would be a great fit. I checked the job spec - I had literally zero experience for this other job too. But they believed in me, I interviewed with like 11 people total and got the job. It changed my life / trajectory.

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I found it to be extremely difficult. I recently realized it is very hard to break in unless you have somewhat experience in it.

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