In today’s working world, job experience is becoming increasingly important. I’m talking about your senior year of college when you’re trying to get somebody to hire you and pay you good money to do something… Employers want to know if you’ve worked before, where you’ve worked, what you did at work, how much you’ve worked, what the people you worked for thought of you, and how all that relates to what they’re considering hiring you to do.
What you want to do is eliminate any doubt that you are serious about that career, and that you already know a lot about working in that field. Through the jobs and volunteer experiences you choose during high school and college, you can make yourself a more attractive candidate to employers and check out some possible careers in the process. Another purpose of these jobs is to ensure you really want to do (for a career) what you think you want to do. This is one reason so many college majors require practical experience – i.e. student teaching, internships, etc.
Below are examples of careers and possible jobs you could get to work toward that goal. Sometimes jobs are scarce and you may have to give your services for free. Suggest that as a possibility if you find a place you want to work but no jobs currently exist.
Some jobs have an endless supply of people who want to do them. Companies try to hire the most qualified candidates, and the most likely to stick with them. Those with related job experience are more likely to have realistic views of what they’ll do at work, and so may be more likely to stay in the job. Employers want to minimize the chances you’ll only work for them a short time.
All of these suggestions may seem simple and obvious, but not everyone does these things. Those who do are envied because they have the sought after jobs now and gain the experience employers want later. Who knows, maybe you’ll be the next one…
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