Sunday, March 28, 2010
Overcoming the Experience Hurdle
One of the biggest challenges facing new career hunters is the fact that you might not have enough experience to break into the field of choice. It is a true catch-22. You don't have experience, so how can you get a job that requires experience. You can't get experience, because you can't get hired. So what do you do? It's easy. Find Internship and Volunteer opportunities. Internships can be paid or unpaid and can be arranged by employers or education institutions. If you have a career field that you would like to gain experience in, contact employers that hire people in that field and ask about internships, or contact guidance counselors and placement offices at your school. There are a number of internship sites on the web. For one, click Internship Web .The easier way is to just volunteer. Contact businesses, hospitals, community groups and ask if you can volunteer for a brief period of time, once or twice a week, and get in the door. You would be surprised how quickly doors open to the offer of free help. Once in the door maximize the opportunity. Learn as much as you can and meet as many people as you can. And, remember, do a great job! You might be be surprised by a job offer when you prove yourself a valuable asset to the organization. Got any stories of internships that worked out well? Let us know.