Want a Career Change but Lack Experience?

To further yourself in life you have to live with a ‘can do’ attitude. Don’t settle for second best, if you have a passion for something then just think that you only live once so you might as well go for it. So many people are stuck in jobs they don’t overly enjoy because of a number of reasons. One of the main reasons is lack of experience and you are left wondering how do I get that experience if no one will give me the chance to earn that experience?

At Debbie Burbage Recruitment we have put together five simple tips to help you earn the experience you need to take the next step in your career ladder and help you on your journey to success.

Join Networking Groups

In your career and in most business relationships you will learn that it’s not what you know but who you know that is truly important. When you are trying to work your way into a particular industry then networking can be so beneficial. You get to know the people in that same industry and get to understand more about the career you would like to work in. Getting to know the people in that industry helps as they can give you advice and can also put in a good word for you if job opportunities open up.

Voluntary Work Experience

Something that often gets overlooked is volunteering and work experience but it can make a huge difference on your CV. Most people don’t like to work for free, but if you look it on the other hand as free experience then perhaps it might make you take a different view to work experience. Experience is the hardest thing to get so spending weekends or even holidays using your free time to gain experience could be highly worthwhile.

Fill in the Blanks

You don’t have to worry about matching up to every single point on the job description but it would give you a stronger hand if you could. Take note of the points you still need to improve on and look at ways you can gain experience to learn about those areas. Or you can use those points in the job interview and emphasise on how much you want to improve your skills by learning about those areas inparticular.

Educational Classes

Unless you want to be a doctor or a lawyer for example you don’t always need a degree in such a specific area. There are ways to become educated in the area you wish to learn in such as online classes or evening classes. Use your spare time to do some extra reading and learn some of the essential things that you need to know. On your cover letter you can speak about what you have learnt in these classes and how you can use these skills in the job you are applying for.

Strengthen your Social Media Presence

Most companies research candidates before they consider interviewing them. One way of finding out more about a candidate is by searching for them on various social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. Due to this you can use your social media accounts as business tools and make them as strong as possible to help further you career. All you need to do is build up your profiles to emphasise your passion for this area. Share articles about the subject matter and you could also start a blog where you can speak personally and also demonstrate your knowledge of this area.