Gaining work experience
How to gain work experience without work experience – now that’s a challenge! Avoid being overly choosy when looking for your fist job − that’s where all people have started their careers from. Your first options are usually limited to various short-term jobs: summer jobs, substitutions, internships. The most important thing is to get your foot in the door.
Looking for a job
When you are looking to gain more work experience, a little bit of creativity goes a long way – not all vacancies are advertised openly and are instead filled when the “right person” happens to come by. When you are searching for a job, you should go over all types of employers with a fine-tooth comb, such as companies, agencies and private individuals.
You can also gain more experience with volunteer work and club activities. Remember to also highlight your hobbies and the special skills that you have gained through them, even if they don't directly relate to the task that you are applying for.
If a job posting includes an employer’s contact details, maybe you should call or visit them at their office. Making a personal connection can help improve your chances, as they will now remember your name and face.
Show your skills at the workplace
Even a short-term job should be taken seriously. Do your work well – you never know when a company might be in need of your services again.
Working at the same place many summers in a row will tell future employers that you were well-liked. On the other hand, an employer may also appreciate a diverse set of work experience that you have gained at different places.
What you can do as an employee to make the most of your experience:
- Support your colleagues at work
- Be willing to learn new things
- If you notice issues, don’t be silent about them
- Focus on solutions – constructive criticism is a skill
- Give good feedback