I’m probably not telling you anything you don’t already know, but finding a decent job with a potential for growth AND one that will hire you without experience is really difficult.
And we all know how frustrating looking for a job is…
But there have to be some good ones out there, right?
What are some good entry-level jobs where you can get hired with no experience AND have the opportunity to move up?
Here’s what AskReddit users had to say.
1. Here you go!
It’s a well-paying job, with great benefits, that’s good for the community. Sort of a sense of job security considering it’s necessary to keep society functioning.
The water industry is looking for workers almost everywhere. Most companies do not require previous experience and will not only train you, but will send you to trainings and classes on their dime.
If you dont want to be an operator or an engineer, there are a lot of administrative positions in the field as well. It’s a very large industry that people forget exists. Everything that we do has a water professional behind it somewhere. There is a lot of opportunity there.
Source: I work for a non-profit that provides those trainings.”
2. Takes a certain kind.
“Any area funeral home chain hires entry level staff to assist with operations in a variety of ways.
They provide on-the-job training, decent pay, and a benefits package.
Plus, the funeral home industry is steady business, offering the potential of long-term employment.”
As you go up the ladder you learn and also the demands get harder but its all experience.
I started out packing toys into boxes, simple job and now I’m a manager overseeing import and export goods.”
“I got a job in manufacturing in 2015 with zero experience.
Started at $15/hr as an operator. Basically you babysit a machine that more or less runs itself. Fast forward to now and I’m a shift mechanic making $38/hr.
I know it’s all the rage to say hard work doesn’t get you anywhere anymore, but I absolutely worked my a** off to learn how the machines worked, how the automation worked and did my best to fix problems as an operator before calling for a mechanic.
I got promoted after two years to a higher level operator position, then a year after that an apprentice mechanic position opened up. I applied for it and was accepted.
A year later the apprenticeship ended and I was promoted to shift mechanic.
Two months after I was hired I gave my friend a referral and he got hired on as an operator. Same as me, no experience. Guess who’s our other shift mechanic? We both worked hard and showed initiative and it paid off.
Obviously this isn’t the case everywhere, but it seems to be fairly common in the manufacturing industry.”
5. Learning the business.
I started at 18 fresh out of high school at $14/hr as an apprentice 5 years ago and now I finished the program and make $47 an hour.”
6. Riding the rails.
I came from the prison service having no idea what the job entailed and zero clue about trains, became a guard and am now a trainee driver on 50k+ salary.
I also know of people that have gone from other roles like cleaner to driver recently.”
7. Skilled labor.
“Welding, HVAC, trucking, automotive repair.
Basically most skilled labor positions.
The industry is desperate and everyone knows you have to start somewhere.”
8. Think about it.
“Customer Support representative within IT (think big brands).
With the accumulated knowledge from their products and troubleshooting will give you experience to move upwards to e.g. On-Site support, internal IT support etc, and through that you can start practicing and study free time into something more advanced (backend or frontend, maintaining servers, networking and such).
That’s how I’ve climbed the ladder (though stagnated a bit past years due to health issues. Otherwise I would’ve advanced more into backend as I was about to start studying programming with courses provided through my employer).”
9. Room to improve.
“A bank job!
I’m currently in college as a part time teller, but a majority of my superiors and higher ups are all without degrees.
Tons of room for growth, looks great on a resume, and it’s honestly a really easy job.”
10. Sounds cool.
The job is so varied so any degree related to human, environmental issues (ex Biology, Geography, Environmental Science, Anthropology, Ecology) along with some level of GIS experience can get you in the door.
No degree will prepare you for the variety of work you do, so it’s a lot of trial by fire as you learn about the regulatory world but I love it. I have a mix of office and field work and it’s never too monotonous.
I got a job straight out of college a couple years ago making $40k starting. I’m in the transportation field but there’s environmental regulations for any and every type of construction so lots of jobs out there.”
11. Working for the city.
“City jobs. Sewer and water, ect.
They usually only hire new people at entry level positions. Took 10 months after I applied for my first interview but once your in you’re set.
Most of it is easy easy work too”
12. The hospitality industry.
“Hotel front desk or any hotel staff position.
I started as a night audit about 10 years ago and now I’m corporate for one of the largest brands.
I’ve been in corporate for 7 years.
What most people also don’t realize is that while the hotel might be a Hilton, the ownership might be a real estate company, while the people running the hotel could be a hotel management company. Working at one hotel gives you three different companies to progress in.
Lots of room to go and lots of different avenues but you do gotta put your time in but it pays off.”
13. Only one way to go.
You can start as a cashier or a loader or “garden associate” (you gotta know where s**t is and water plants, not hard) after 6 months, if you work hard, you get a raise. After another 6 months of working hard, another raise.
All while learning about a different department i.e. lumber, hardware, plumbing etc. If you learn them well enough, they’ll bump you to 20$/hr and move you to an easier job.
After 3 years you could be a department head if you play your cards right. It’s only up from there.”
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