When searching for jobs, a common downfall for potential candidates is job experience. For current students or young professionals, attaining the years of experience expected for many jobs and positions seems impossible. This is a point of discouragement and can deter skilled potential applicants from applying for jobs that may be a good fit. Thus, it is important for young professionals to find strategies to gain relevant job experience, even as a recent graduate or new employee. With adequate experience, more opportunities will open up, propelling young professionals into highly successful careers. Here are three ways for you to gain job experience.
Instead of wasting hours upon hours on your smartphone or Netflix, use your free time outside of school or work to develop your professional skills and gain relevant experience. For example, as a computer science student or employee, learn a new programming language or build a personal project. You don’t always need standard work experience, but rather experience in a specific area. If you can develop and demonstrate your skills through personal projects, you can show potential employers that you have the experience necessary for a position. While job requirements ask for a specific level of skill or experience, that does not mean strictly in a professional environment. Of course, this strategy is more effective in some industries than others.
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