Different times where you might experience this include:
- You want to apply for an online writing job but you are asked to provide proof of past writing.
- You just graduated from college and are looking for an entry-level job. However, most of these jobs want experience!
- You are making a career change and have no experience in that specific field that you are interested in.
Here are different ways to add “experience” to your resume.
Depending on the field that you are looking to get into, there are probably a few non-profits near you that can give you the experience that you are looking for.
For example, if you want to get a finance job at a company after you graduate, you may want to look into volunteering at a non-profit in their finance department. It can be great experience, and you are also working towards a good cause.
Find an internship or a job when you are in college.
I worked full-time when I was in college, and it really helped me when I was applying for jobs after I graduated from college. I started at the bottom at the company (making minimum wage) and worked my way up.
Whether you have a part-time job, full-time job, an internship or whatever, it’s almost always a good idea. It shows to the potential employer that you have good time management skills (since you are balancing multiple things at once) and that you can actually hold a job!
Apply for legitimate free or low-paying jobs.
I am often asked how I started out with my online freelancing and writing career. Well, I had to start out by making nothing. I first created my website, Making Sense of Cents, and worked on it for free for quite some time.
When you are first starting out with online writing, you may have to take a few low-paying jobs, or even guest post on other websites for free. Then, you can show this to future potential clients as proof of your experience.
This applies to many other fields as well. You may have to work for free or a low amount to actually get your foot through the door. The experience you gain from doing this is great as well!
Don’t forget the time you have spent in school.
If you went to college, don’t forget to mention specific classes or organizations that you took part in.
One thing I always made sure to do on my resume was to list out specific related courses that I took. For example, whenever I applied for a finance job, I would write the specific class names that I took that were finance-related.
Also, I would detail my specific roles in college organizations as well. Maybe you were involved in fundraisers (great for non-profit jobs), you managed the social media for your club, you were the leader in a group or something else. All of this looks great on a resume, so don’t think it doesn’t count – because it does!
Don’t forget about past jobs that you’ve had.
If you have had other jobs in the past, then you need to see if there are any similarities between that past job and the job that you want.
Then, on your resume you need to specifically put those job functions on there so that the hiring manager can see how your past experience relates to the job opening.
What have you done to gain experience when you have none?
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