As a job seeker, I was often frustrated by the catch-22 that you need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience. But then I realized that you don’t necessarily need a job to get experience.
So I wrote a guest post on Chelsea Krost’s blog about alternative ways that young job seekers could get the experience they need for their first full-time job:
Top 6 Ways To Gain Experience Before Your First Job (chelseakrost.com)
Special thanks to Chelsea Krost for publishing this post. And I hope that if you’re searching for your first job, this post will help you become a more competitive candidate.
This post was written by Marissa, who is working on building a product distribution business in rural Haiti:
At 18 years old, if you asked me about my life plan, I’d straighten my back, I’d grow the already present smile, and I’d inform you, “I’m going to save the world as an international lawyer working at the international criminal court…or something like that.”
After a somewhat dramatic epiphany that law school was not for me, I set to finding a new way to honor the root of my desires: solving problems on an international scale. It wasn’t pretty, and each step hasn’t flowed perfectly to the next, but my career thus far is a patchwork of some very cool experiences. Read the rest of this entry
Do you feel that your college education hasn’t adequately prepared you for today’s job market? Then you might want to check out Gradberry, an online startup with a mission to train recent graduates in a variety of career skills, thereby making them more appealing to employers who are hiring:
Gradberry Aims To Bridge The College Grad Skills Gap (techcrunch.com)
Gradberry offers courses to recent graduates who need to learn a new skill for the jobs that they’re applying to. And Gradberry also assists recent graduates who’ve already been hired, as their employers can sponsor them to take courses through Gradberry if they need a new skill for their job: Read the rest of this entry
Freddie Prinze, Jr., who you may know from She’s All That and Scooby Doo, has recently been in the press for badmouthing his former 24 co-star Kiefer Sutherland. Prinze called Sutherland “the most unprofessional dude in the world” and said that working with him almost made him quit Hollywood.
Prinze’s comments certainly didn’t help Sutherland’s reputation, but they also may have hurt Prinze by making him seem spiteful and opportunistic. This article discusses why that Prinze was wrong to complain about Sutherland and how job seekers could learn from this story when discussing their previous jobs:
The year of your college graduation and what you studied
I am a young, ambitious and entrepreneurial 24-year-old from Sydney, Australia; yes, I do probably have a funny accent :). I graduated college, or university as we call it here down under, in 2011 with a degree in Bachelor of Business and Commerce. I majored in Human Resources and Organisational Development, sub majored in Accounting, and also a sub in Advanced Business Leadership (sounds fancy, right?).
This was from the University of Western Sydney; while it wasn’t the highest ranked university in Aus, I met some awesome people and enjoyed my time at the school. Read the rest of this entry
Before I started my degree, I did not expect to have a career in fashion after my 4 years of study. Graduating in 2012, I studied English and Spanish in a university in Devon with the general idea of perhaps going into teaching or translating after the course. However, as more and more lectures wore on, the concept of carrying on these subjects post university started to seem undesirable.
Suddenly, I was faced with a rather large stretch of future with no clue how to fill it. Don’t get me wrong, I loved studying my subjects, but the slightly limited careers relating to them didn’t exactly set me alight. It didn’t occur to me at the time that my part time work in retail would ultimately be my foot in the door to a rather tricky industry. Read the rest of this entry