Tuesday, May 29, 2012

6 tips to make up for lack of work experience

Whether you recently graduated or have just changed career fields, making up for lack of work experience can pose a major challenge in landing the first job. Here are 6 tips that will help improve your odds:

  1. Turn any of your prior work experiences into an asset. Most learned skills can be transfered. Explain how this can help you do a better job in the position you are applying for.
  2. Never stop learning! Read blogs, articles, watch webinars that further your knowledge about your chosen career field.
  3. Intern in a position that lets you get hands on experience, even if you don't get paid. The company might offer you full time employment when you successfully complete the internship.
  4. Volunteer for a non-profit organization. Along the same lines of the internship, this might open new doors for you that lead to a paid position anywhere.
  5. Freelance until you find full-time employment. Staying active in your chosen career field will benefit you more than getting a full-time job that has absolutely nothing to do with what you really want to do for a living.
  6. Start at the bottom of the food chain with a lower paying job as long as it meets your qualifications. After about a year you will be able to trade the gained experience for a better pay.

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