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How do I get a job without lying about myself?

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Benjamin, as you are only 19 years old, I’m going to make the assumption that what you are really asking is “How can I get a job without having any skills or experience?”

If I’m wrong, sorry … perhaps somebody else may benefit from my response.

Lying, will work against you, not for you. The only one you will be fooling, will be yourself.

Assertions of skills, experiences gained and employment can easily be verified or debunked. Any skilled interviewer will see through a job candidate that is lying.

I would expect that 19 years old, you don’t have a lot to capitalize on in your resume. That’s not necessarily a problem. Everybody has to start somewhere.

You have some work ahead of you. I would suggest a two-pronged approach, developing your resume as well as your Linkedin profile. They should resonate with each other.

One of the first steps is to take inventory of the skills and experience that you actually have. This can include any summer or part-time jobs that you have held. Brainstorm a list of duties and skills that you had and developed while in those jobs.

Unless you have developed some specialized skills, you will likely be looking at an entry-level job. Most of us go through this process. It is only by trying different jobs can we determine what we don’t want to do for a job and what we might like to do.

Take advantage of this time in your life and explore possibilities until you determine what you are passionate about.

I graduated high school with little work experience and the passion to become a chef. After three years cooking in a large institutional kitchen, I decided that while I enjoyed cooking, I didn’t want to cook for a living. I looked for opportunities available to me and decided on becoming a Registered Nurse. I have been doing that for over 40 years.

While working as a nurse, I developed many other skills that have helped me throughout my life.

I’ve learned that my passion in life wasn’t cooking, it hasn’t been working as a nurse, but it has been in helping other people.

As you go through life you will collect experiences, skills, stories and self-confidence to share them with others and you will find that lying isn’t necessary. Just be yourself.


As originally answered on Quora.comQuora.com

Rae Stonehouse

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Rae A. Stonehouse is a Canadian born author & speaker. His professional career as a Registered Nurse working predominantly in psychiatry/mental health, has spanned four decades.

Rae has embraced the principal of CANI (Constant and Never-ending Improvement) as promoted by thought leaders such as Tony Robbins and brings that philosophy to each of his publications and presentations.

Rae has dedicated the latter segment of his journey through life to overcoming his personal inhibitions. As a 27+ year member of Toastmasters International he has systematically built his self-confidence and communicating ability. He is passionate about sharing his lessons with his readers and listeners. His publications thus far are of the personal/professional self-help, self-improvement genre and systematically offer valuable sage advice on a specific topic.

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