It’s a bit of a cliche, but the statement, “how do you get a job if you don’t have any experience, and how do you get experience if you don’t have a job?”, rings true. If you are getting ready to enter the workforce and have no prior work experience, you do have a challenge ahead of you. Fortunately, there are ways to improve your chances of getting a job even if you have no experience. Take a moment to consider these 10 tips for establishing yourself as a valuable employee in spite of having no work history.
- Find Volunteer Opportunities
At first, the idea of finding an opportunity to volunteer while also actively looking for a job, and dealing with all of your other obligations might seem overwhelming. In spite of this, becoming a volunteer might just be the best way for you to establish experience when you have never held a job in the past. Through volunteering, you can learn teamwork, a variety of both hard and soft skills, and get to know others who might be able to help you in your job search.
- Create a Schedule And Live by That
As you look for a job, consider creating a daily schedule for yourself and living according to that. That means going to sleep and waking up at regular times. It also entails doing certain things at certain times throughout the day. How does this help? When you do get your first job, you will be able to adapt to and follow a life schedule that helps you to become a successful employee.
- Set up an Internship
Try to land an internship with a business that works in your dream field. In most cases, your school will help with that. If not, you will have to do the leg work of arranging an internship for yourself. If you work hard during your internship, you will create both networking opportunities/references along with gaining some great experience.
- Get on LinkedIn And Begin Networking With People in Your Chosen Field
You don’t need to be an established professional to get on LinkedIn. In fact, you don’t need work experience at all. It is perfectly okay to use LinkedIn to connect with people in your field, and to demonstrate your own interest in certain careers or to participate in communities that are active on LinkedIn.
- Become an Entrepreneur
Yes! You can become an entrepreneur before you land your first job. First of all, you can become a seller of cosmetics, books, baskets, candles and a variety of other items. You can become a tutor, a dog walker, or open your own Ebay store. You could even provide tutoring services or run errands for busy professionals. Housecleaning is also an option. This will give you something to put on your resume under work experience, and teach you valuable skills such as financial management, sales, marketing, and organization.
- Educate Yourself
As a student, your best asset as a job seeker are the skills that you are learning as you pursue your education. The more skills you can pick up, the more fruitful your job search is going to be. One thing that you can do is find ways, outside of the classroom to develop even more skills. For example, you can take free online classes through Khan Academy, In addition to this, companies such as Microsoft offer free online tutorials so that you can become a power user of their products.
- Write a Great Resume
Your lack of work experience makes it even more important that your resume is polished and put together in a professional way. Not only should it be eye-catching, your resume should be written in a way that really highlights your talents and achievements.
- Don’t Discount Your Hobbies
Do you have any hobbies? If so, take some time to consider what skills that you have developed as the result of those hobbies. For example, if your hobby is woodworking, you probably know how to use basic hand tools and read a blueprint. If you enjoy genealogy, you are probably an expert at internet research.
- Take That Survival Job
Even if it’s not in your field, and it seems like drudgery, there is nothing wrong with taking a job just to earn some income and gain some work experience. In fact, your advisor may be able to help you find work-study jobs on campus. If you go off campus, you might be able to find a labor staffing agency who can find you part time unskilled work.
- Make Plans For The Future
If you land an interview, one way to really impress the person you are meeting is demonstrating a knowledge of the field that you want to enter, and to show that you have a plan for moving forward in your career. For example, do some research so that you know what the next level of training or education you would need to continue to be marketable in your field. You can also use social media and online discussion groups to keep up with trends and events in your chosen industry.