Three ways to build up your work experience

Kangan Institute Employment Centre

Kangan Institute Employment Centre

It’s the ultimate chicken-and-egg dilemma, especially if you’re just starting out in the workforce. How do you get the necessary work experience to apply for jobs if you need experience in the first place?

The following three tips can help build your employability skills and provide valuable exposure to experiences you may not otherwise have had. They’re also an effective way to demonstrate your willingness to work and determination to achieve.  

1. Volunteering.

Volunteering is invaluable. It provides you with experience, builds networks and looks great on your résumé as it demonstrates to an employer that you have a work ethic.  Remember that many organisations are looking for volunteers who can make a commitment to volunteering for a set period of time. You may have to apply to become a volunteer as you would for a paid job. 

2. Work Experience.

Take any opportunity you can to gain practical work experience while studying. When you are undertaking practical placement, be aware of any opportunities that may exist within the organisation. Let the employer know you are keen to pursue further employment with them and enquire about any opportunities available.

3. Keep an open mind.

Don’t decline an opportunity because it’s not exactly what you are looking for. It’s common to hear applicants talk about being offered roles which they have declined because it wasn’t the ‘right job’. It may be due to the fact it isn’t aligned to their long term career goal or their qualification. Sometimes you need to consider these opportunities as they have benefits such as building your employer networks, developing skills not related to your qualification and providing experience to include on your resume.