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Ella learning new presenting skills during her work experience in July 2019!

Ella learning new presenting skills during her work experience in July 2019!

…..read on to find out how the young people we work with break down misconceptions about the world of work.

Over the next few weeks we will be publishing a series of blogs young people have researched and written to help other young people. #whatdoidonext #Youth2Youth

Is experience the only thing that matters when applying for jobs?

Many young people think that employers are only looking for individuals who have experience in the type of field of job and therefore may feel unqualified for the job. However, many employers find personal qualities, attitudes and ability to do the job more valuable when applying for jobs.

One example of a skill that employers look out for is communication skills or “social skills”. This means demonstrating confidence which can be shown through body language and articulating words. For example, in a job interview, you must make sure that you show a positive attitude by sitting up straight and showing confidence. It is important to think of the age of the employer as well and the type of professional setting. You will want to address the employer in a polite manner such as greeting them by shaking their hand. The employer will also look at your CV so make sure that you have the correct spelling, punctuation and grammar. 

Another example of a skill that employers look out for is the flexibility to carry out tasks that are outside your competence. If you have no work experience but have life experience, the skills learnt from other things can be very useful, especially for a first job because it shows you are able to adapt. For example, you can show commitment through any after school clubs you may attend or do a sport. This also shows that you have a passion and motivated which are great skills that employers will look for because they need people who are willing to be motivated to do the job. 

A final example of something that employers look for is organisation. In a job, it is very important you have the ability to prioritise tasks given to you especially when working with customers because the most important tasks should be done first. For example, when working in a restaurant, you would prioritise serving any hot food to customers before serving drinks and cleaning tables for future customers to use.  You can show that you can be organised through leadership skills such as being a prefect in school or being a sports captain. 

However, having experience can be useful when applying for jobs. surveys have said ⅔ of employers look for employees with relevant work experience because it helps prepare them for work and gives you an insight into the work involved. If you are struggling to find work experience that is relevant to the job you are interested in, it helps to try to find work experience that relates to it in a broader sense. For example, if you are looking to become a doctor, you can try to find work experience caring or volunteering in an old people’s home or looking at children’s hospice. 

To summarise, without work experience, it is possible to find a job! Make sure you list the skills you have, explaining how they can relate to the job you are applying for and go into detail if you are invited for an interview with the employer. 

By Ella Joseph-Stewart

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