How to sell yourself and land a job with limited field experience

Johnny C. Taylor Jr.

Employers are expanding their range of candidates to include people who may not be the exact skills fit but have the soft skills and drive to learn.

Johnny C. Taylor Jr. tackles your human resources questions as part of a series for USA TODAY. Taylor is president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest HR professional society and author of “Reset: A Leader’s Guide to Work in an Age of Upheaval.”

The questions are submitted by readers, and Taylor’s answers below have been edited for length and clarity.

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Question: After working in restaurant management for the last eight years, I have started grad school. While my focus is primarily on schoolwork, I am wondering If I should look into my field (commercial finance) to help kick-start my career. Where should I start? How can I sell myself as a candidate with only academic experience? – Bettina

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