Overcome the Lack of Experience and Secure a Job After Graduation
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Fresh graduates nowadays are nowhere as optimistic as they used to be. The job market is getting more competitive, student loan rates are going up and every job post seems to require years of experience. Many college graduates find themselves stuck in a circle: they cannot get a job because they don’t have experience, and they cannot get experience because they don’t have a job.
The truth is, there are many things you can do to overcome the lack of experience. Hiring managers need to know that you have the skill set and commitment they need. Often, working experience and past references are the easiest ways to show off those qualities. However, they are not the only means available. You can prove your worth in many other ways. Here a few things you can do to prove yourself to potential employers:
Internships are often reserved for college students and newly graduate, so there is usually no working experience required. While working as an intern, you will naturally gain real life experience and get connected to professionals in your fields.
Here is a quick fact: 85% of companies use internship as a way to recruit for full-time positions. Therefore, besides gaining experience, there is a chance that you will be able to score a job offer before even getting your diploma.
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2. Volunteering experience
If internship opportunities are hard to find in your area, look for volunteering experience as well. Most non-profit organizations, and sometimes even businesses, depend on volunteers during busy season. Major in accounting? Check with your local library or Chamber of Commerce and see if they have a volunteering tax support program during tax season. Education major? Look for after-school programs and tutoring opportunities.
Do not worry either if your volunteering experience isn’t too relevant to your field. Most volunteering positions require commitment, leadership, and teamwork, which are always beneficial in the eyes of hiring managers.
3. Professional Networks
While still in school, students can easily find student groups or associations on campus that are focused on their fields. Joining these groups is a great way to expand your network and learn more about the career you chose. Plus, membership in a professional network will look good on your resume, and can also be a great conversation starter during interview.
4. Professional Certificates
While your diploma is a worthy proof of your academic abilities, having professional qualifications or certificates show your interest in the field. Advanced certifications also show your willingness to learn, which is a major plus if the employer is looking to give further training on the job. You can also use these certificates to steer the conversation away from your lack of experience and focus on your ambition and learning capabilities instead.
In the end, what employers are looking for is how well you will meet their needs in the business operation. By being creative and showing your capabilities in different ways other than working experience, you can certainly overcome the lack of experience. If you have any of the qualifications or experience above, be sure to highlight them in your resume and during the interview. Remember, it’s not only about what you have done, but also about what you will be able to do for your new employer.
Vanessa is a professional blogger and copywriter, who is passionate about education, lifestyles and travelling topics. Currently she is working with Interesting Facts, an online collection of random facts on different topics.
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