When you first enter the workforce, whether after graduating from high school or college, or completing a training program, it can be difficult to find a job. There is a complicated catch-22 situation where you can’t get a job without experience, but you can’t get experience without getting a job. Luckily, there are some ways to still get a job even if you don’t have experience in your field.
Utilize College Placement Resources
If you are just completing college or have just graduated, speak to your advisor and ask about potential placement resources. Many colleges, including universities, training schools and community colleges, will offer this to their graduates. While they might not guarantee you will get hired, it can help to have their professional reference for various industries. This not only proves you have the education required for certain positions but helps to get your foot in the door, which is often one of the most difficult aspects of finding a job.
Network Through Social Media
Another good idea when looking for a job with no experience is to use social media to find one. Many employers don’t advertise in papers or on job boards, but will mention that they are looking for someone through social media. There are a few ways to do this, depending on the type of social media website you use. With LinkedIn, you can either join groups related to your industry or go through the job board and contact those companies directly. On Facebook, you want to go to well-known company pages for industry professionals who might be hiring, then see if they post job listings. On Twitter, it is a little easier thanks to the helpful search feature. Use search terms like ‘hiring’ and ‘help needed’ to see if anyone is looking.
Apply at a Local Employment Agency
When all else fails, consider applying for a job at a local temporary employment agency. The benefit of temp agencies is that the jobs they fit you with are temporary and short-term, so the companies aren’t as worried about your job experience. They often have an immediate need for someone qualified due to an employee being ill, injured, or on maternity leave. However, it allows you to start building up your resume with experience in your industry, letting you find a job more easily when it’s time.
Start With an Internship
While you probably want a job that pays, it isn’t always possible in certain industries. If you want to work in the medical, legal, or advertising field, it can be very competitive and hard to get a job with benefits. In this case, consider an internship. You can offer your time for free, which benefits the company, but benefits you by getting the work experience you need for a full-time, paid position.
Try out some of these suggestions to get a job even with no work experience. Start from the bottom and before too long, you will be well on your way to the top.