Sunday, August 29, 2010

Searching for a job and you don't have experience? Create it!

You just graduated from college and you dont have job experience? Create it.

With millions of new graduates entering a competitive job market every year, there is going to be a lot of competition amongst your peers to not only get "the top job" but any entry level job. Often times those who graduate have a lack of essential job experience that puts them behind others who have possibly obtained that experience during college. There is a misconception that you must have an official job title before you can use that experience in your resume. To that I say "phooey," for experience can come from anywhere. The problem with many degrees is that they teach you theorhetical things in nature and lack on the practical aspect of education which is what many companies look for.

So if you or someone you know if finding themselves in this situation, here is some advice: you live in the best time in this world's
history to be a self starter. There are so many resources on the internet to be able to obtain the required skills and information to add technical skills and knowledge to your resume.

I am going to use myself as an example; when I graduated from college with a business degree, I was at a loss of how much experience most companies wanted. So what I did was start teaching myself SEO (search engine optimization), practical marketing concepts and HTML. I started to create my own business concepts and websites. After a month or two of building these skills I felt that I had sufficient knowledge to use this knowledge as both experience and skills on my resume. You of course, want to be honest and be realistic about what you did and what you know. It wasnt long after i made that investment in myself did I land a job.

In order to get ahead (or catch up) you must work hard and push yourself. You may have a lot of frustration; you may not understand a lot of concepts off the bat; You WILL NEED TO push yourself. But with the confidence and the new valuable skills you receive, the rewards will be wondrous.

Always remember that during this time you may want to budget a little time to apply to entry level jobs as companies still look for inexperienced people.

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