Almost every job opportunity requires experience to get hired. A lot of potential candidates ask, "How can I get experience if I can't get hired?"
Many recent GED, high school or college graduates won't have relevant experience before they apply for an entry-level position, so how can they gain the necessary experience? The following five tips can help you acquire the necessary experience you need to land the job of your dreams!
An internship is a professional learning experience that offers practical work related to an individual's field of study or career interest.
An internship provides the opportunity for career exploration, development, and networking.
A quality internship should provide the following:
- Part-time or full-time work schedule that includes no more than 25% clerical or administrative duties.
- A clear job/project description for the desired work experience.
- Orientation to the organization, its culture and proposed work assignments.
- Relevant feedback to ensure progression.
2. Job Shadowing
Job shadowing gives you the experience of following a person in their job for a few hours, a day, or a few days.
Ask someone you or your family knows if you can observe them and add this experience to your resume.
There are many non-profit organizations that have volunteer positions where you can gain work experience.
Some companies look favorably on volunteer activities, so reach out to organizations that interest you and don't forget to add the experience to your resume!
4. Working In Your Neighborhood
Did you know you can develop valuable work skills when you do small jobs for friends, family, or neighbors?
Try yard work, babysitting, taking care of pets, or helping an elderly person with chores.
You can also list your services at schools, put up signs on area bulletin boards, or post on a neighborhood services website to gain employment that delivers experience.
Sometimes you have to prove that you can do the work before you are hired.
Freelancing is a great way to show what you can do.
You may have to do your first freelance job for free or low pay, just to gain the experience and positive reference.
Are you actively attending college or higher education programs? If so, check out this blog to find out how you can gain applicable experience now!