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No experience? No job.

Posted on: May 20, 2009

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It seems like a no-brainer, but a new survey confirms the “Catch-22” that every entry-level job seeker seems to face: You can’t get a job without experience, but you can’t get experience without a job. CFOs were asked, “How important is it for entry-level accounting and finance professionals to have gained work experience in the field while in college?” Their responses:

           Very important … 51%
           Somewhat important … 42%
           Somewhat unimportant … 2%
           Not at all important … 5%

Accountemps, a division of Robert Half International, offers five tips for recent college graduates looking to broaden their work experience:

  • Consider an internship. Taking an internship when a full-time position isn’t available may be a new graduate’s best bet to gain hands-on learning in the workplace. Interns not only develop essential workplace skills, but they also build their professional network.
  • Try part time. Part-time work is a great way to gain experience and showcase skills to a potential employer who may not have the resources to extend a full-time offer right away.
  • Look for temporary options. Staffing firms frequently have temporary assignments for which students or recent college graduates may be a match.
  • Volunteer your services. Helping out a community organization or trade association in your field is a great way to keep your experience current and expand your network.
  • Make the most of your current job. Even if your current job isn’t in your field or industry of choice, look for creative ways to enhance your skills. Volunteer for assignments beyond your job description. Most employers today are happy to have an employee willing to take the initiative.
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