If you’re searching for a job then it can sometimes feel like a thankless task. One of the biggest issues that people face is the lack of work experience. Often it is a case of employers are looking for experience in an industry, but you literally can’t get your foot in the door to gain that experience in the first place. One of the best ways to get around this to make a big deal of the skills that you do have, so they don’t notice your lack of experience. Remember that everyone has had to start somewhere and most employers recognise this and that they need to be helpful.
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That said, you do need to make sure that your CV has some experiences and skills listed on them. The good news is that you can gain these by things outside of full time employment. If you’re struggling with finding a job then looking at ways that you can add these to your CV could be advisable.
What Employers Look For
Volunteer Work – If there is an industry that you are interested in, then why not see if you can get some volunteer work within this industry instead. You’ll find that there are lots of volunteer opportunities opens to you and these can help you gain vital experience.
Temporary Work –Rather than look for a full time job, why not consider something temporary? Often when it comes to temporary work employers let their guard down a little and don’t worry quite so much about a solid experience filled background. However, if you do land a temporary job then it gives you the perfect chance to gain some experience learn some skills in an industry relevant job role.
Transferable Skills – Everyone has skills, learnt outside of the work place. You need to make sure that you highlight these and how they could be transferable to the job role you are going for. For example
if you’re expected to deal with the public then talk about times when you helped out at a local shop or how you have always been surrounded by the family business.
Social Media – We all use social media and this is something that businesses are now starting to use. If you’re a strong user of social media in your personal time then make sure you let them know about this. If you can show you have solid social media skills this can be a good way of landing yourself a job.