It’s a classic catch-22. To get a job you need experience, and to get the experience you need a job…
Why is it so difficult to find an entry-level job?
Many professionals will agree that the first rung of the career ladder is often the trickiest. This is usually due to the “experience issue” which can be attributed to increasing employer requirements that are raising the barriers for entry into the workforce. As a result, many fresh-out-of-college candidates are taking between three to six months to find an entry-level position.
What can you do to build experience?
Building relevant experience is the best thing you can do to improve your chances of finding paid employment. There are a few ways you can do this:
- For example, you could complete an internship or an apprenticeship. This allows you to learn valuable skills while also gaining experience in a work environment.
- Another alternative is to volunteer at a charity or community organisation. Not only will you build excellent skills, but you can also feel good about making a positive impact on the world!
- If you are more business-minded, then perhaps you should consider launching a project of their own, such as a website or a vlog. As Milton Berle once quipped, “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door”.
Need help finding an entry-level job?
If you are finding it hard to secure an entry-level job, then we recommend reading this super informative infographic guide from Trainwest. This useful informative graphic offers a number of practical pointers on how to build experience as well as some great tips on where to find work, how to nail your application and on how to stay motivated throughout the gruelling job hunt process.
Scroll down to the infographic below to find out more about how you can make your first foray into the jobs market.