/ Asked by Arina
I have my MBA and MS in Management: Procurement and Contract Management. I want to get into Procurement. I get the interview, told that I am a finalist but then hear that they went with a candidate with more experience. I don't have experience. I apply to both entry level and advance positions. Can you help me to overcome these obstacles, please?
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Thursday, October 22, 2015
It is a very competative market right now for professionals in the business arena.  If the issue is experience and you do not have any then you really should start targeting more entry level roles in procurement, contracts, and/or supply chain management that will allow you to gain experience in your field.  it will do you no good to apply for roles to which you are not qualified.  By focusing on the earlier in career roles you will be better positioned to move forward in the interview process.  It will be important that you explain why you are focusing on an entry level role for experience considering the amount of education you have as this may cause some recruiters to hesitate in interviewing as you may be perceived as over qualified from that perspective.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, October 26, 2015
With an MBA and MS, you have come into contact with potentially lots of people who could assist you with your job search.  At the colleges where you received your degrees, they likely have career centers geared to this exact need, not to mention networking opportunities with professors and peers. 

If you aren't already, networking is important to make contact with people in your desired field.  Even if they do not have a job available at this time, but out requests for information interviews about their business.  You want for the right people to be aware that you are searching for a job. 

I understand the cycle...can't get a job without experience, can't get experience without a job.  I know it can be frustrating.  What other avenues would provide resume building experience? Volunteering, professional organizations, entry level positions.  If you have exhausted all of your resources you may need to investigate geographic changes in your search.  If there are no jobs where you are living in your field of choice, there may be availability elsewhere.  Best of luck in your search!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016
The job market is competitive and you are not alone with this struggle. I think your best next step at this point is to take a step back and look at potential career paths to get you where you want to be. Having an advanced degree is great but often, employers also want to see you have relevant work experience. Without this experience, you may want to consider entry-level positions that don't directly align with your field but could be a stepping stone to get you there. I would recommend considering the companies you want to work for long-term and identify entry-level positions they have that could help you get your foot in the door.
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