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No Work Experience? No Problem

One of the big questions new college grads and career changers ask when we discuss their workplace transitions is – I have no work experience in that area so who will hire me? Where will I get the experience that employers seek if I haven’t had a real job?no work experience

For new grads with no significant work experience or “real job”, I  encourage grads to think about transferable skills from any of the following experiences.  These does NOT have to be paid experiences.

Identify Transferable Skills if you Have No Work Experience

– volunteer work on and off campus
– classroom, individual, group projects; research
internships
– campus work study and non work study jobs
– campus club involvement
– student chapter of professional organizations
– greek life leadership
– overseas experiences or study abroad
– working in a family business or starting your own business
– seasonal part-time jobs
– technical skills such as web development, blogging, gaming (self taught or otherwise)
– campus teams (eg. sports and music)

College students have a lot of options to gain exposure to fill a resume and  develop good professional behaviors.  If a college student have no work experience, we just need to explore other activities where they have developed transferable skills.

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