This is a very common question/problem and there can be a number of reasons for this. You may be fresh out of school or you’d like a career change – no matter the reason, we’re here to help you!
So what can you do to find a job if you haven’t got the right experience?
Temporary employment is when you work for a company for an agreed amount of time, sometimes from six-weeks to six months (although sometimes more or sometimes less). Regardless of how long they last, it’s a great way to add experience to your CV and to try out a company or an industry without having to give too much commitment. An added bonus is that sometimes temporary work can lead to a permanent role.
This is another great way to add experience to your CV. Volunteering also demonstrates your work ethic to an employer, which increases your employability. There are thousands of voluntary roles available within the third sector, but you can also contact companies you’re interested in and ask to volunteer. This allows you to gain industry-specific industry which will look really good on your CV. If you’re still unsure about volunteering, we wrote a blog all about it!
Apprenticeships combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. Employers who are looking for apprentices understand that you will not have experience in the field and are happy to train you. By the end of an apprenticeship, you’ll have received invaluable experience and a certificate! Side note: if you’re over the age of 25 and you’re worried about finding apprenticeships don’t worry, adult apprenticeships exist!
Focus on what you DO have
Experience is very important but so is your attitude to work and your personality. Can you demonstrate the skills a company is looking from any of life experiences? Can you show an employer that you’re motivated? For example, if you have a hobby that you’ve excelled in, put that on to your CV – an employer will see your drive and may give you a chance.
Find experience you didn’t know you had
We want to stress here that everything you say in your CV or Cover Letter must be correct. That being said, have a think about your previous jobs and find links between the experience you need and the experience they require of you. For example, if you’ve helped organise meetings and/or answered phone calls at some point, this is admin experience and if you’re going for an admin role, use this!
We hope we’ve demonstrated that there are ways to get around having zero experience. If you’d like some more advice on this don’t hesitate to contact us!