Those of you reading this are probably doing so because you’re at a tender point in your working career. Most likely, you’re looking for your first proper job, and you probably aren’t having much success. You keep applying for things, but often get turned away. I’m willing to bet many of you have a good list of skills, and probably even some impressive educational qualifications to back them up. However, everyone keeps turning you away for the same reason; you don’t have enough experience.
We’ve all been there, and it’s easily the most frustrating way of being told you haven’t got a job. You know you’re talented enough, but no one is willing to take a chance and give you your big break. In reality, this isn’t that surprising at all. Think of things from their perspective for a second. If you were tasked with hiring someone, you’d want to ensure you get the best person possible. As such, someone with experience is proven in their chosen field, and won’t need additional training. It’s a much safer option, potentially saving the company a lot of money. One wrong move in the world of business and it could be curtains for an organization. So, they don’t take risks when it comes to hiring people, and you can’t expect them to do so.
As such, how are you supposed to find a job and kickstart your career? This is where we come to the big piece of career advice I want to dish out; start at the bottom and work your way up the ladder. There’s no point applying for the big jobs that pay well when you haven’t got the experience, set your sights lower and you’ll have way more success. Yes, you won’t earn enough, but there are plenty of reasons setting the bar low will benefit you in the future.
A Job Isn’t For Life
Your first job won’t be your only job ever. A job isn’t for life, it’s for as long as you want it. You may end up in a fairly poor job that doesn’t pay well now, but you’re gaining vital experience. Every day you work will count in your favor for future job applications. You don’t have to stick with the same boring job forever, you can quit and apply for better jobs when you gain the right amount of experience and skills.
You Will Learn New Skills
Regardless of what job you end up with, you’ll always learn new skills. These skills will help you improve your CV for those better jobs you used to look at. Think of it like a professional footballer dropping down to play in a lower league and hone their talents. They learn new aspects of the game, improve their skills, and suddenly become an attractive prospect for teams in higher leagues. Let’s say you’re applying for accounting jobs, but everyone is turning you down because you’ve never used a particular type of software. By applying for a lower job like a regular admin assistant, you may end up working with people that use the software and pick up on how to use it. There’s a valuable skill learned right there.
There’s Room To Grow
By starting at the bottom, it doesn’t mean you’ll stay there. Every company has a ladder that’s ready to be climbed. You start as someone in the mail room, prove your worth, get a promotion to admin assistant, prove your worth again, move up through the ranks until you surpass the original job you wanted and got rejected from!
You Understand More About Yourself
Starting at a much lower job than you hoped is a great learning process for you. It helps you learn more about yourself and what you enjoy doing in the workplace. It may turn out that you love doing what you’re doing and want to pursue that type of career instead of the one you were looking for, to begin with. Someone may be looking for office jobs at big businesses but have to settle for a simple retail job. However, they may love what they do and focus on a retail career instead, working their way to the top.
You see, there are loads of benefits of setting your sights lower than you might want to. The main reason people don’t do this is that of money and dignity. We all want to earn lots of money right from the moment we start our career. Likewise, we want jobs that we’re proud of and will make others jealous.
Or, it’s a case of spending ages training and studying for a certain career path, and really being passionate about following it. In which case, people are reluctant to look for jobs in other fields just because they’re easy to get and will help you find the experience. Not to worry, no matter what career you’re looking to get into, there are loads of different jobs available for different skill levels. You have things like HR jobs that range from simple assistant roles to general manager roles where you’re in charge of a team. Likewise, you have roles in businesses that range from personal assistant to the head of the actual company. It’s like this in every industry you can think of; there’s always a place for you to start.
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To round off this piece, I just want to talk about the need to stay positive when searching for jobs. I know from experience it can be very hard and disheartening when the rejections are pouring in. However, you’re not helping yourself by applying for jobs out of your reach. It’s pointless to apply for skilled and technical jobs that demand experience when you don’t have the experience! Apply for jobs you know you stand a chance of getting, where experience isn’t essential. It’ll help you be more positive, and the interviews will roll in.
Start at the bottom and work your way to the top; it’s the best way of doing things. If you still can’t find any jobs at all that is suitable for you, then think about studying more or doing some volunteer work. Volunteering is a wonderful way of getting work experience, and will certainly help you find more jobs.