Just how do you get out of that vicious circle “… I can’t get a job ‘cos I’ve got no experience, and I’ve got no experience ‘cos I can’t get a job” scenario?
It’s a tricky one.
Still, this infographic may give you some hope. It’s by Boundless, a startup company that provides free digital content for students using open-source content. The infographic outlines twelve different ways of adding more experience to your CV so that you get more interest from employers.
- Be proactive. Find ways to demonstrate sought-after qualities such as your leadership, tenacity, initiative and persuasion.
- In addition to your degree programme, seek to develop additional, relevant skills such as coding.
- A strong digital portfolio will impress hiring managers and can be built on platforms such as Wordpress, Dribble, GitHub or Behance, amongst others.
- Target small companies and startups to get some initial experience and earn some money. Helping a business to grow will look good on your CV.
The job market is highly competitive, and hiring managers are increasingly looking to take on only those graduates who have acquired some experience, whether that’s through internships or any of the other ways described. According to the infographic, nearly seven out of ten hiring managers believe that graduates are not prepared for the workforce. By pursuing some of the activities suggested here you will be better placed to be seen as a work-ready graduate; your CV brimming with hard evidence of your abilities and attributes.
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Do you have any other suggestions? Would you change or add to any of the tips in the list?