Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Overcoming a lack of work experience to get a new career

When we are looking for our first job or changing careers, we often find one hurdle that can seem impossible to pass. Job vacancies are requesting a minimum level of experience in the field. Of course, someone looking for their first job in this industry will not have the experience. This can leave people feeling that it is impossible to get the first job. However, this is not true. You just need to find a way of overcoming this obstacle. Here are some suggestions:

Volunteering: This will depend on the type of industry that you are aiming to get work in. Some have many unpaid work experience positions and volunteering opportunities. Meanwhile, others do not offer these opportunities. However, it is surprising how many different opportunities are available at charities and other types of organisations. They can provide experience in their accounting, administrative functions and much more.


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Find an apprenticeship: Apprenticeships are becoming very popular nowadays. In an attempt to overcome youth unemployment, the government is supporting companies in developing schemes.
Therefore, you should be on the lookout for apprenticeship schemes in your chosen field.

Temping: Why not make some money and gain necessary experience. London’s job market is full of great job opportunities for temps. This has the benefit of earning money, whilst you build enough experience to land the permanent job that you aspire to.

Transferrable skills: It is all too easy to discount the value of the experience that you possess. For example, you are looking to get your first job as an office manager. You look at the job role and think that you have no experience. However, you will often find that you can amend the skills on your CV to highlight all the relevant skills and experience that you possess. For example, you have no management experience, but you may have trained or supervised new members of staff or mentored people at University.

Social Media: In the past many people would land their dream jobs and seemingly find amazing opportunities through networking. This is still true and ‘it’s not what you know but who you know’. However, you do not have to go to lots of events now. All you need is a well presented Twitter and LinkedIn account to reach out to find those illusive opportunities.    

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Networking: Social Media is a great new possibility, but if you have the time and inclination networking can always help. You don’t have to be a social butterfly; all that you need to do is ask a few more questions when meeting a new person and have a keen eye for a good opportunity.
These above guiders are an excellent way of ensuring that you can get through the ‘I have no experience’ barrier. I have been teaching and helping students find work for years. Some of the courses that I teach include business report writing courses and business letter writing courses.

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