How To Find Work Experience
Let’s count – how many job listings have you read containing the words ‘previous experience is essential’?
For some applicants, it’s not a problem – if you’re looking for the next step up from your current position, you will undoubtedly already have experience in your chosen professional field. But where the statement becomes an issue is when you’re a fresh graduate, current university or school student.
Then the age-old question rises – how on earth are you supposed to garner professional experience when a company stipulates that entry to its job role relies on you already having it?
Don’t worry; there are ways around this – keep on reading to figure out how to set yourself apart from the crowd and let your CV burst with industry experience, and put an end to all those closed job opportunities.
Utilise your contacts
If you’re still in higher education, your tutors are a great place to start. More and more courses contain a work experience module, and these are the perfect place to begin collecting all-important work experience.
Tutors will usually coach and show you the best ways to contact companies and supply you with leads that have been pre-arranged by your university or educational institute.
It’s vital that you make use of these. As soon as you’re out of education, any opportunities will be reliant upon you creating them for yourself. It’s also common for these preliminary work placements to lead into full-time positions further down the line if you impress your employer, so it’s important that you utilise these while you can.
Make use of your careers advisor
You may be in a position where your course doesn’t include a pre-arranged experience module. This is where you should make use of your school’s careers or employment advisor.
Even though writing a cover letter or CV may seem like the easiest thing in the world, it’s important to get them right. They’re crucial components in job hunts and can make or break an application.
It’s always best to get a second opinion on anything you send off, especially if you are using the same material for multiple applications. If something doesn’t make sense, comes across as cocky or is grammatically incorrect, it won’t paint the best picture of you.
Utilise the help that’s available to you – because this support won’t always be there for you once you’ve graduated.
Make the experience for yourself
If all else fails, there is absolutely nothing stopping you from creating new experiences for yourself. If you want to get into journalism, report on current events, entertainment or sport via your own website or blog. Use social media to push out and promote your content – the same goes for photography, illustration or graphic design.
With the rise of internet superstars, YouTube is a great platform to showcase presenting, acting and voice-over skills. If you can consistently upload, respond to your fan-base and cultivate a following, it proves your commitment and ability in your chosen field, acting as brilliant experience.
When a job advert reads ‘experience is essential’, don’t let it put you off – if you’re willing, you can always find a way to generate opportunities for yourself, and ensure that the doors never close for you and your career.