The beginnings of any job search requires some work or volunteer experience. These past experiences may assist in determining what field of work you pursue and showcase your skillsets.
Identify Past Experiences
For those fresh out of school with little to no experience in your desired field, you're not alone. This is the roadblock faced by many new graduates, as well as people of any age who are changing careers. Even those who have an employment history but it's not recent — for example, if they left the workforce to raise children — often have trouble competing in the job market. For someone who is more established in their career looking to make a change, identifying key work experiences should not be a problem.
Make Yourself Marketable
The best way to communicate your work experience, particularly if you do not have any, is showcasing your non-work experience into marketable skills. Look for those that allowed you to develop your organizational, leadership, communication and/or teamwork abilities, and focus on them (e.g. School group projects, officer of a club or association, volunteer work). With a positive attitude and an open mind to various opportunities, you are well on your way to acing the #30DayJobChallenge!