4 Tricks to Boost your Experience
- If you’re trying to get a job in public health, try volunteering at a local clinic.
- If you’re looking for fundraising or marketing jobs, volunteer at a local nonprofit.
- If you want to become a teacher, volunteer at a local school.
- Start a personal project
Creating a website or social media account for your project or sharing your project on online forums can help you get advice from others on how to improve both your project and your skills. It can also provide a portfolio of your work when applying for a new position.
- Attend classes
One way to gain new experience is finding classes that teach the skills you wish to improve. Internet searches can help you find classes local to you. You might also find online classes or instructional videos that can help you learn new skills and methods of practicing them. Some courses might even offer certifications upon completion that you can list on your resume when applying for a job.
If you’re lacking traditional experience, find creative ways to present facts about yourself to highlight your skills in an unexpected way. If you find a place where your resume looks sparse, take a broader look at what you’ve done—clubs you’ve participated in, hobbies, volunteer work, events you’ve attended—and ask how any of those might be relevant to the job you want. What skills did you use in each of those activities? What did you accomplish?
Keep in mind that experience and skills can come from any area of your life. Perhaps you coach a sports team on the weekends. Or help manage your family’s farm. Or lead a youth group at your church. All of these activities demonstrate practical and even leadership skills that can be transferred to other jobs. Remember: be creative (but make sure all information you include is true).
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