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3 Ways To Gain Experience When You Don’t Have A Job

Posted by | June 15, 2015 | Scholarships_CareerTips

By Sera Kazungu

Have you just graduated? Are you currently looking For a Job? It is hard securing a job in the current Kenyan job market because almost all jobs available require you to have some experience.

You do not need a job in order to gain experience for that job that you want to land. There are simple ways to acquire much needed experience.

“It is possible to gain experience even when you don’t have a job. In fact, it is advisable” ,says Melody Mwendwa, a professional CV writer and career advisor at corporate staffing services.

The following are three ways to get job experience.

1. Internships
You gain a lot of experience when you do internships. Ensure that the internship you pick is in line with the career path that you take in order to ensure that the experience you gain will go a long way in securing you a job.

Although a good stipend or pay is desirable, do not insist on finding a paid internship. The internship is supposed to pay in experience.

2. Volunteer
Sometimes volunteering seems like it is meant for those people with charitable heart and a lot of time on their hands. This is a wrong assumption. Apart from doing good deeds, volunteering gives you work experience.

Having some volunteer work on your CV will not only show employers that you have a work ethic, but that you are versatile as well.

There are many volunteering opportunities out there, you just have to find one that is tailored to your specific skill set.

3. Attend Trainings/ Seminars
From time to time, various companies offer trainings that are open to the public. Whether it is a training in security, anger management, Hr etc,do not discriminate.

You may be required to part with some money ,but sometimes, the seminars are free. Your investment could be just what you need to secure a dream job.

Avoid just sitting at home and doing online applications. Supplement the applications by getting out of your comfort zone and doing some volunteer work. Gain the experience and step into your dream job.