Skip to Main Content

Current Beehive

US NationalChange

How do you get work experience when no one wants to give you the first opportunity?

Dan Fellini - B...
Dan Fellini - Beehive Manager's picture
Last seen: 1 year 34 weeks ago
Joined: 08/10/2010

posted by Dan Fellini - B...
posted on Mon, 10/06/2008 - 11:29

In order to get a job, employers want you to have experience, but no one wants to be the first to give it to you!  How do you get experience, if no one wants to give you a chance?  Tell us your story.

HAPJobClub1's picture
Last seen: 5 years 47 weeks ago
Joined: 12/08/2008

posted by HAPJobClub1
posted on Mon, 12/08/2008 - 16:36

Get your foot in the door. Work as a volunteer doing similar work for schools, government, or non-profit organizations. Make sure your resume shows everything you have done, maybe not everything you got paid for, that shows you would be an asset to the company you are applying to. Show that you have built up transferrable skills from your past unpaid or paid work or school experience.

See if you can get a different job at the same organization you were turned down at. For example, a woman from Ethiopia founded a school and was its first principal in a small town in that country. She used to volunteer for a non-governmental organization helping children who were orphans because of HIV/AIDs. She used to travel the back country and do health outreach, explaining to people in remote villages how they could improve their health. In doing this, she used her fluent knowledge of three languages.

In the US, she got her Nursing Assistant certificate, but kept getting turned down for jobs because she hadn't yet had much US experience, especially as a CNA. She decided to get her foot in the door at various nursing homes by applying for laundry or nutritional aide positions. Once she has impressed her employers enough, after maybe 6 months of work as a nutritional aide or laundry worker, she plans to apply for each internal CNA posting she hears about. Maybe now the hiring manager will no longer think of her as an unknown person and will be more likely to consider her for the CNA position.

HappyGrl34's picture
Last seen: 5 years 37 weeks ago
Joined: 12/22/2008

posted by HappyGrl34
posted on Mon, 12/22/2008 - 12:15

i totally hear you in this area. Believe me, i've been in this position. You see, i have over ten years of clerical/admin experience and employers expect a receptionist to have a 2 year bachelor's degree but what if a person is right out of high school or has gone to college but not yet maintained a degree but almost has one. I think too many employers are being too nit-picky in who they choose, you must have this or that in order to get the job, but like, come on, it's the year 2008, things have changed. Technology has changed, i think most employers are old school, forgetting that the internet is the key to communicating now. People who have done receptionist, secretarial or administrative work for a very long time do not or did not have time to accomplish a degree if they were working in an office for that amount of time. So, yea, i hear try and try but nobody is allowing you the chance to make a good fitted job a reality. it's harder now that the economy has gone to hell in a handbasket. its not our fault either, really. I've been unemployed twice, not once...twice. I have had over ten years of clerical experience, can type over 70wpm, can file quickly, learn quickly but i cannot find the "good fitted job," anywhere. i'm frustrated.

areeshay222's picture
Last seen: 1 year 28 weeks ago
Joined: 01/28/2013

posted by areeshay222
posted on Mon, 06/03/2013 - 10:25

really like to have my money to take care of my family plus im school now.i need not want if this comment should help me please let it.thank you
ucla stata help

HappyGrl34's picture
Last seen: 5 years 37 weeks ago
Joined: 12/22/2008

posted by HappyGrl34
posted on Mon, 12/22/2008 - 12:20

But why go through all that volunteer and over the head crap to get a job? Volunteering, yes, is a great idea and yea, it may get you somewhere but today, most employers look for other things, like experience in the job at hand, they could care less that you cared for those suffering from AIDS, in Africa or Ethopia. Some employers are the "what can you do for me first then i can see what i can do for you next" types of people who do not care much about their potential employees, they only care about what you can do for them and the company but sometimes it helps or would help if employers met their potential employees half way, you never know, sometimes meeting someone in the middle or middle ground, helps not only the employee/employer relationship but shows the give and take of a company on a broader scale.

usha4real's picture
Last seen: 5 years 50 weeks ago
Joined: 01/02/2009

posted by usha4real
posted on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 16:13

I am actually in the same position, don't have the USA job experience, how do i get a job?Moreso struck with the problem of transportation because i live in the county.There are no bus route here, what can i do to get employed?

George E knight
George E knight's picture
Last seen: 5 years 49 weeks ago
Joined: 01/09/2009

posted by George E knight
posted on Fri, 01/09/2009 - 16:08

I had been working 9common labor) dish washer for most of my life; but at the age of 40 I was tired of JUST MAKING IT (if I did) for check to check!!!!! I decided to go to Concord Career Institute and learn Accountng (all 7 stages) to brighten my future!!!!! But my 9 month course was ABSOLUTELY no good to me
You may ask why?
Well I finished my course with a 3.5 (onlt .5 points away form PREFECT) in 2002. And I still have to today to get my first job!!!
That is right, the applications I put in for dishwashersay I am over qualified, the applications that I put in for Accounting/Bookkeeping/or any other faze of accounting say I do not have enouth experiacne!!!!!
Where do I go from here? My wifes Disability does not do any more than pay the usual house expense!!!!! Yes, I mean Rent, Lights, Phone, and Grociers.
We have been living this way for 5 years and I am totally exaused!!!!! I need some one to lead me to a career or a way to financial stability.

robert14's picture
Last seen: 3 years 44 weeks ago
Joined: 02/18/2011

posted by robert14
posted on Fri, 02/18/2011 - 02:15

Are you planning to run a new business? You can get detail information in peo services about new businesses.

MichaelB's picture
Last seen: 5 years 34 weeks ago
Joined: 01/23/2009

posted by MichaelB
posted on Fri, 01/23/2009 - 20:18

I have been looking for work for five months now. I spend eight hours a day everyday applying and going on interviews, and getting turned down, and the only advice I can give to everyone hear is don't give up. I volunteer and join community groups to network, but also to feel useful. The worst thing in the world is to spend sixty hours a week getting regected. Volunteering gives me a much needed vacation from the rat race. Don't loose hope, I know right now I would take any job to make the bills, but you need to know that the job you eventually find will be the the right fit at the right time.
My mom always told me if you can't help yourself, help someone else.

marywiinterball's picture
Last seen: 5 years 42 weeks ago
Joined: 03/01/2009

posted by marywiinterball
posted on Sun, 03/01/2009 - 17:50

I'm looking for a full time job in CNA work.

kimikuty_18's picture
Last seen: 5 years 34 weeks ago
Joined: 04/25/2009

posted by kimikuty_18
posted on Sat, 04/25/2009 - 02:45

I would like to know what are the employer's requirenment if they want to give a work experiance to their employee for applying permanent residancy of australia.
Thank you..

cathyp47's picture
Last seen: 5 years 5 weeks ago
Joined: 11/12/2009

posted by cathyp47
posted on Thu, 11/12/2009 - 12:17

I am a 62 yr. old recent graduate from a medical assisting college in W. Covina, Ca. I can't find a job. And no one wants to give me the experience I need. I have done externship but they were not hiring plus I only speak english. I am sooo bummed out right now. I don't know what to do. I have not worked in 2 months and we have to have a second income in the house. Have I just spent several thousands of dollars to find out I can't do this!!

ivelisseonativia's picture
Last seen: 5 years 2 weeks ago
Joined: 12/06/2009

posted by ivelisseonativia
posted on Sun, 12/06/2009 - 20:07

my name is ivelisse and i am 19 years old i never worked before so i have no job experience and i really want to work well need to work to pay the bill i don't know what to do i need help can some one help me find out what i need to do my email address is some one please help me

maybethiswillhelp's picture
Last seen: 4 years 37 weeks ago
Joined: 04/04/2010

posted by maybethiswillhelp
posted on Sun, 04/04/2010 - 21:38

We all start at some point in our working lives without experience. You can find free tutorials that will give you the basic skills to offer a company. If you do a google search for subjects such as excel, Microsoft Word, Power Point and Free Typing Tests (Great for testing Accuracy, Speed). Also contact a company that offers Temporary Employment Services such as Office Team/Accountemps. Temporary Employment Agencies also offer training on software.

Companies who use Temporary Employment Agencies know that some training will be necessary. Companies use these agencies to hire employees on a temporary basis to see how the employee fits in with their organization. Full time employment is often a possibility if they like your work ethics and productivity.
Hope this helps the no experience job issue :)

1stukgent11's picture
Last seen: 4 years 25 weeks ago
Joined: 07/01/2010

posted by 1stukgent11
posted on Thu, 07/01/2010 - 06:56

Many professional résumé writers and human resources professionals believe that a résumé should be long enough so that it provides a concise, adequate, and accurate description of an applicant's employment history and skills and How difficult it is to find a IT Jobs London for a fresher.?

petersonvictor's picture
Last seen: 3 years 45 weeks ago
Joined: 02/08/2011

posted by petersonvictor
posted on Tue, 02/08/2011 - 03:12

The worst thing in the world is to spend sixty hours a week getting regected. Volunteering gives me a much needed vacation from the rat race. Don't loose hope, I know right now I would take any job to make the bills, but you need to know that the job you eventually find will be the the right fit at the right time.
assignment writing
assignment help

Donnatella's picture
Last seen: 3 years 45 weeks ago
Joined: 02/10/2011

posted by Donnatella
posted on Thu, 02/10/2011 - 12:01

I have been applying for work since I was in my 20s. No one has EVER hired me. I have experience and a solid work ethic. I have shelled out hundreds of dollars having resumes written, carfare, etc. I am never given a reason, never receive a call back. I have had 3 jobs in my lifetime. One when a friend asked his boss to give me a chance, another by way of welfare to work program and a telemarketing job which I quit when it was found out that I could not speak fluent spanish. I am about to lose my apartment and the only thing I keep hearing is do volunteer work or something. Volunteer work does not pay the bills or put food on the table. I am at the end of my rope. I went to an agency today and was told to come back next week because I came late. I actually had gotten there an hour early. A recording stated that interviews are from 10 AM to 1 PM. Of course I was told by the oh so sweet receptionist that the hours were 10 AM until 12 PM, (I had arrived at 11:30AM and was not seen.) I can't ask my neighbors for carfare, they ignore me and I hear them whisper occasionally how they wish I would move out of my apartment so someone can move in who doesn't need anything. My family disowned me years ago, the ones still alive that is and they seem awful happy that I am going through all of this. I was told that I did not want to work and that I was lazy. If I get my hands on a gun my problems will be over. I want out. NOW.
cnatraining's picture
Last seen: 3 years 38 weeks ago
Joined: 03/28/2011

posted by cnatraining
posted on Mon, 03/28/2011 - 21:44

It's really fantastic post. I read & appreciate it.

CNA Jobs

Breec's picture
Last seen: 3 years 36 weeks ago
Joined: 04/13/2011

posted by Breec
posted on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:01

I'm wondering how to get a car without a job. I cant work or volunteer without a car I live where there's no public transportation not even taxis can anybody help me with any resources or anything so I can get out of this catch22 PLEASE!!!!
morris2011's picture
Last seen: 3 years 35 weeks ago
Joined: 04/19/2011

posted by morris2011
posted on Tue, 04/19/2011 - 15:37

I have a associates degree and been to 4 interview have not job experience everytime i go into a interview they ask me about if i have worked in the past no but i have went to TBA career tech center but that was not enough now i work at a market making min. wage which that is wrong why go back to school just to make min wage you would think if you have been to college that would be enough VERY Disappointing to me , now i have to pay back my student loans with min. wage , I have tried to get full time job filled out 15 to 20 applications still nothin by the way my min. job is only seasonal .
ellye's picture
Last seen: 3 years 15 weeks ago
Joined: 09/07/2011

posted by ellye
posted on Wed, 09/07/2011 - 08:55

This is a general issue with the employers and it's not the only one. Some employers ask for a thorough background check before they even consider you as an options for their company. We live in tough times, hopefully the system will change, these aspects you pointed out above make no sense to anyone...

onlineseo's picture
Last seen: 2 years 25 weeks ago
Joined: 06/26/2012

posted by onlineseo
posted on Wed, 06/27/2012 - 06:12

this website has very useful information.thanks for sharing. PPI Claims

kathrine's picture
Last seen: 1 year 50 weeks ago
Joined: 11/26/2012

posted by kathrine
posted on Fri, 12/07/2012 - 03:13

financial tips are available for those people who want to get latest info about I will definately say that you will find something new in it.

kathleen03's picture
Last seen: 1 year 47 weeks ago
Joined: 01/20/2013

posted by kathleen03
posted on Sun, 01/20/2013 - 05:34

The Beehive restaurant in Armonk, NY owned by a family of Greek descent.Taxi From Heathrow To Newbury

Bethany's picture
Last seen: 1 year 40 weeks ago
Joined: 03/14/2013

posted by Bethany
posted on Thu, 03/14/2013 - 03:05

Most students do not get paying for impact see. Still, both employers pay students, as this is thoughtful thing of their breeding. The period varies according to the student's instruction, and remaining personalized circumstances.

crazyzoarhaina's picture
Last seen: 6 weeks 2 days ago
Joined: 04/02/2013

posted by crazyzoarhaina
posted on Tue, 04/02/2013 - 02:52

Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.

MaryHenry983's picture
Last seen: 1 year 28 weeks ago
Joined: 06/03/2013

posted by MaryHenry983
posted on Mon, 06/03/2013 - 10:39

The furnishings manufacture an on the spot and lasting impression of the skilled. Furnishings themes have to be compelled to run throughout the work, not entirely in waiting areas or rooms.
As health connected issues unit being restricted at the practitioner's offices, and long waiting periods expected, manufacturers have designed cozy. trendy, plastic piece of article of business furniture that works well with Associate in Nursing overall setting and is unquestionably maintained with anti-bacterial wipes.