Today’s job market is tough and demanding. You’ll need the right qualification and the right amount of previous experience to make it within your chosen industry.
It can be hard to find work experience that so many employers expect from you, so what is the best way to do it?
Find out what industry you’d like to work in most
If you’re able to identify what industry you’d like to work in the most then you’ll be able to tailor your application for that company/industry. You’ll already know why you’re interested in a certain company or role and this will reflect positively in your application, leading to a higher chance of finding a suitable placement.
Have a look at volunteering opportunities
Experience can take many different forms, whether it’ll be in the form of a paid internship or volunteering. Volunteering can provide a valuable chance to gain experience, and there are many different ways to find companies looking for volunteers. Do It! is just one example. They’re a volunteer directory with thousands of roles available across the UK.
Take a look on company websites for placements
Advertising for a job online can be expensive for companies. Often, they’ll post links to opportunities they’re offering on social media or their website. If you’re interested in a particular company make sure you look on their website/social media pages first. Remember, smaller companies will offer just as much valuable experience as bigger companies will, and they will be less likely to be swamped with applications.
Remember to tailor your application for each role
As you do when you’re applying for a job, make sure you tailor your application specifically to the role and its description. It’s important to do this because you can identify your key strengths that are relevant to the role and you’ll appear far more interested in the placement than you would if you sent the same CV and cover letter to every employer.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Most importantly you need to find out if a placement is right for you before you agree to start. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to find out if you can get the most out of the placement you’ve applied for. Will it fill any skill gaps that are missing from your CV? Will you gain important contacts? Will you get the right amount of support? The more open you can be with the employer, the more likely you’ll be to find a placement you’ll be happy with.
Do you have any tips on how to find the right work experience? Let us know in the comments below!