How to gain work experience without work experience – now that’s a challenge! All careers start from that very first job. It doesn’t necessarily pay off to be too picky when you’re looking for your first job. Your first options are usually various short-term jobs: summer jobs, substitutions, internships. The most important thing is that you get your foot in the working life.
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’re looking for a job, don’t forget about the smaller and less well-known companies - usually they have less competition.
You can also gain more experience with volunteer work and club activities. You should also bring up your hobbies and the special skills you’ve learned through them. If a job advertisement includes an employer’s contact details, you should call or visit them at their office. Making a personal connection can help improve the chances that the employer will remember your name.
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.