How do I gain more work experience

How can you get the job - even if you have ZERO work experience?

You've probably never heard of Mike Yurosek.

He was responsible for driving carrot consumption in the US by 30% in one year. 10 years later, Americans ate twice as many carrots as before. On average, that's 7kg per person per year.

Mike Yurosek was the inventor of the baby carrots. Yes, exactly, the small, bite-sized packaged carrots. He was tired of throwing away the deformed and ugly carrots. Mike decided to peel these carrots, chop them up, and market them as baby carrots. Almost 70% of all carrots sold are now baby carrots. He accepted the supposed downside of the crooked carrots and made the most of it.

You should think of baby carrots if you are concerned about your lack of work experience

Turn a supposed disadvantage into your advantage. Mike only had two options: throw away the carrots or make something of them.

Your options are: Accept and make something out of it or not apply at all because you don't have professional experience. In order to make up for the disadvantage of the lack of work experience, you first have to know why almost every job advertisement requires work experience.

Many HR managers have the following prejudices against university graduates

1.) Since you've just come out of your training, you can't do anything yet.

2.) You therefore need a long time to familiarize yourself with it and are only ready for use after 4-6 months.

3.) You do not yet know what you want and will therefore possibly switch again quickly.

Your job is to convince the recruiter of the opposite

Point by point. HR professionals believe that you can only bring theoretical knowledge with you if you have no relevant work experience. A relevant internship in the area in which you want to work or a marginal job can help to destroy the doubts. You don't have to have worked full-time for 2 years.

In addition, you have to show that you are a quick learner

If HR's fear of non-existent experience, then it won't help just to show that you've done an internship at least once. Show through previous experience that you are a quick learner. Where did you master something completely new in a very short time?

Does the job require special knowledge of a computer program that not everyone can do? Acquire the knowledge in advance (through tutorials, books, ...). You want the recruiter to be impressed.

This partially solves the second prejudice

Someone who learns very quickly and shows immense commitment in advance will probably not need 4-6 months to be properly trained. This is not so much about the technical issues, but above all about the fact that many recent graduates are unfamiliar with the full-time job. Getting up early, long working days, 5 days a week.

But we don't want to leave it to chance

The HR manager shouldn't have to deduce that himself. Show him through student jobs, non-university engagement (association?) Or other professional experience that you know what it means to work. If you worked a lot in gastronomy during your studies, then you have to show that too.

This not only proves that you already have work experience (even if not relevant), but that you are stress-resistant and communicative. Without these two characteristics, it will be difficult in gastronomy.

But now there is still the problem that you could switch quickly

The company has invested a lot of time and money to fill the position and then you change after 3 months because it's not right for you. For the company, this is similar to when your master's thesis supervisor says to you after 3 months of research and writing: “No, we're not going to do this now.”

No matter who you talk to, you should never give the impression that you don't know what you want. If there is uncertainty as to whether you fit into the subject, then you have a huge problem. You won't get the job. The risk is too great for the company.

The good news is that you can just avoid that

You should clearly focus on one area. In our “From Study to Dream Job” online course, this is one of the first topics in Module 1 (Preparation - What top applicants do differently). The bottom line is that from the first contact, through the cover letter, to the résumé and with every answer in the interview, there is a clear focus.