Catch 22--No Experience, No Job. Not Necessarily

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There is a story about a recent college graduate who arrives at a large firm for a job interview. After filling out the required forms, he is directed to see the human resources person in charge of hiring.

The HR representative looks over the resume and states, "You don't seem to have any work experience. We can't hire you unless you have this." "How do I get that," asks the college graduate. The human resources person says, "You have to get a job with us..."

There Is An Answer
This cyclical logic, unfortunately, is a real life situation for many. This is problematic if you are entering the job market for the first time, and lack the required career experience needed to land a position. Although this may seem to be a Catch 22, there is a way to solve this problem.

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John assembled a good graphics portfolio, and several solid job references while still attending college. When he graduated, he had the necessary job experience and display content to show potential employers.

Network and Volunteer
How did he do it? He networked with friends, acquaintances, and contacts for small jobs or volunteer opportunities in his area of study. The jobs didn't always pay, but the experience gleaned from these projects was worth their weight in gold.

He volunteered as a photographer for City Hall, worked at a community newspaper, and volunteered his services for a local weekly magazine. In addition, he offered his graphic services to other students. From these jobs, he expanded his network, and from these, he received more opportunities for work experience.

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A college education lays the foundation for your career training. But also remember that this time serves as a valuable opportunity to get ready for the job market. Every completed school assignment produces examples to add to your portfolio.

Keep your eyes open for summer internships, opportunities to volunteer, and small side-jobs. These elements just might help you on your way to a successful interview for a job.

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