Often jobs require a particular set of skills and employers are looking for an applicant with a certain amount of experience, and so if you have none, it can be difficult to find work.
Sometimes this feels like a bit of a contradiction. Employers want you to have experience before giving you a job but without a job you can’t get experience. This can be very frustrating and sometimes feel impossible to overcome but there are many ways to gain experience outside of the workforce, which may help you with future employment.
Sometimes paid but also unpaid, internships are a great way of gaining experience in an area you are particularly interested in or hope to gain employment in later on.
Internships are generally arranged with the organisation you wish to intern with so start by searching the industry you want to work in and then write a list of companies and their details (phone number, email address and the name of employer). You can then email or call them to find out if they offer an internship program or can help you with some work experience. If they do, you can then send them your resume and cover letter, which will hopefully lead to an interview later on.
Internships can involve a large amount of work and long hours, some of which you may not be paid for, so find an area that you are highly interested in or hope to work in. Don’t undertake an unpaid internship if you are not willing to work for free.
While volunteers are generally not paid, this is a great way to gain some experience and help your community at the same time. There are many benefits to volunteering, including;
- Helping others
- Meeting new people
- Developing new skills
- Experiencing new challenges
- Gaining work experience
- Becoming more confident
Positions as a volunteer can be found in a wide variety of areas including but not limited to charities, government or community organisations, aged care, environmental conservation, sporting clubs, animal shelters and special events.
Volunteering requires enthusiasm, dedication and a passion for helping others so if this sounds like you, find a position at GoVolunteer and get involved.
Training and Education
If you don’t have a large amount of work-based experience sometimes it can be difficult to find work but certain jobs may want applicants who are experienced and may also require applicants who have certain training or education. Training and education is important for many jobs and people without these qualifications may not be accepted.
For example, if you are looking to work with children it is highly beneficial to undertake First-Aid Training, obtain a Working With Children check, a police check and even further education (e.g. Certificate III in Children’s Services).
And if you are looking to work in Logistics, it may be an advantage to have First-Aid Training, a manual drivers license, a forklift license, a heavy-rigid truck license or even further education (e.g. Certificate IV in Occupational Health & Safety)
So if you have an area of employment that you are particularly interested in, do some research and find out what experience, training and education may be required or an advantage for this industry. Training may not be necessary but it can help set you apart from other applicants.
Some good places to look: