How to Gain More Job Experience
The job search is not a whole lot of fun these days. It can be a lengthy process. You might start feeling pressure or stress the longer it takes to find a job.
But guess what? You’re not alone. It’s a highly competitive job market out there, and there are a lot of people in the same boat. So what can you do? Because let’s face it… sending out resumes and then just sitting around waiting for a response is not the best you can do.
So here’s the deal. You have some options when it comes to keeping yourself busy during the job search. An article for Education Insider News Blog titled “10 Ways for New College Graduates to Gain Job Experience,” outlines some great ways that you can gain more work experience during the job search. These activities can not only help ease some of your frustration, but at the same time, they can help make yourself more attractive to potential employers by gaining relevant job experience.
- Volunteer. By definition, a volunteer is someone who works without getting paid. However, it is a great way to gain work experience in your field while helping out those in need. Did you study Medical Assisting, Medical Billing & Coding, Surgical Technology or Pharmacy Technician? Check with a hospital near you to see if they need some help. Did you study to be a paralegal? I think it’s a safe bet that there is a law office around that would benefit from your services.
- Seek out an internship. If you earned your degree or diploma in a healthcare-related field at a Florida Career College, you may have already completed an externship as part of your program. This is a great way to gain valuable work experience and practice your skills. Even if you’ve already completed an externship, don’t automatically rule out an internship. There is always more learning to be done, and frankly, the more experience you have the better. Internships can be paid or unpaid, but whatever you do, don’t underestimate the value of work experience.
- Contact a temp agency. Temporary work might not sound very appealing when you are out there looking for a full-time position, but some work is better than no work at all. According to the article, almost 90 percent of U.S. companies have used staffing services at some point to find temporary and permanent employees. Some temporary jobs may even end up leading to a full-time position if you impress your boss. In fact, in the last three months, two of my friends have been hired for a full-time position after starting out as a temp at the company.
- Become an entrepreneur. Traditionally, people go to college and then find a job working for someone else after they graduate. However, if you haven’t found what you are looking for yet, you may consider becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own business. Think about your skills and how you can apply them to a business. One FCC graduate got the opportunity to start his own business doing the same thing that he did during his externship. Now, he owns his own company, which allows him to offer externships and positions to other Anthem College-Aurora students and graduates. Depending on what kind of business you start, you may be able to continue working on the side after you find the full-time job you’ve been looking for. Or, you may abandon the job search altogether in order to grow your own business.
- Start blogging. “Writing a blog shows that you have knowledge and a passion for your field,” says Education Insider. “Blogs can also draw the attention of employers and give you something to put on your resume.” If you do decide to start a blog, don’t forget to spread the word. Posting your blog articles on your social media sites is an easy way to attract more traffic to your blog and help spread the word.
- Seek out certification. Are you serious about your field of study? Consider earning a certification. Whether your field requires a certification or not, earning a certification still shows that you are dedicated to your profession. It also gives you another thing to put on your resume. If you are interested in learning more about available certifications in your field, consider using the Certification Search Tool through CareerOneStop, which is sponsored by the U. S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.
- Use a network. Social networks, such as LinkedIn, can be a helpful networking tool. If you already have a strong social networking presence, consider joining a professional association related to your field. Read more about joining a professional association.Want to learn more about using social media as a networking tool? Check out this article: Using Social Media to Your Advantage in a Job Search