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Let’s face it, looking for a job sucks. Especially if it is your first job. Most of us have no idea what we want to do, and it is quite likely that the job you will end up doing in the future does not even exist today. As a recent grad you will inevitably find yourself in a catch-22 situation: you need work experience to get your first job, but you can’t get the experience without landing a job!  


Seems really like there is no way out (or in), but don’t worry, there are a few great ways you can get started.  All you need is the right mindset, smart tactics, a few good friends, and the best use of the latest digital platforms to break the cycle and get your foot in the door.

1. List all the skills you have

You may not realize, but you have probably already done a lot of things that could impress a potential employer and demonstrate your communication skills, your ability to work under pressure and within a team, your integrity and more. All you need to do is put together a few examples that best illustrate those skills. They could range from babysitting neighbors’ kids to organizing school events, fundraiser nights, sports competitions and so on.

A lot of entry level jobs may not require professional skills but rather evidence of your drive and reliability, combined with some supplemental skills developed while pursuing a hobby.

2. Get work experience fast

The job market is highly competitive, especially for someone with no experience. Work experience or internships are the best way to figure out what is it that you are interested in doing. You can learn a lot about what you like, and most importantly, what you do not. Use these opportunities to hone in on what you actually want to pursue.

Well-structured work experience program offers a variety of benefits:

  • Hands-on job training;
  • Job and workplace skills transferable to other workplaces;
  • Improved communication skills;
  • Learning to function within a structured organisation;
  • Developing the network of colleagues and supervisors;
  • Obtaining workplace references;
  • Better understanding of the chosen sector or profession;
  • Possible employment opportunity following successful work experience program

3. Become a job hustler

Being a true hustler means not waiting for things to happen, but instead making the effort and putting in the hours to pursue and create your own opportunities.

It is essential to look for every opportunity and offer free time and effort in exchange for work experience and training. It is good to do as many random jobs as you can, whether having to flip burgers, make coffees or wash dishes – every job helps you build a variety of skills and gives you that competitive edge over others.

As Abraham Lincoln said:

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

4. Get your friends’ support

Human achievement and success do not happen in isolation. It is not only about WHAT you know. It is not only about WHO you know. It is all about WHO KNOWS YOU and why.

People engage and trust people they know and like. People like people who know them. Background research information shows that 92% of people trust recommendations from friends and family more than any other form of advertising.

You are surrounded by some pretty incredible people: awesome friends, great teachers, savvy entrepreneurs. It is highly likely that most of your opportunities will develop through word of mouth, and friends’ recommendations. Take the time to develop, maintain and continue building these relationships.

5. Stand out with your personal brand

Taking the advantage of the gig economy and on-demand marketplaces, and building your personal brand even before graduating is an excellent way to go.

ZippyCrowd Skill CardWhile most online marketplaces specifically cater for digital skills and professional employment, ZippyCrowd is built with people like you in mind. You can put on display any skills and micro-services you want.

The entry level is easy, and no prior employment experience is required. All you need is the willingness to try, desire to learn, and a few friends to back you. With ZippyCrowd you can turn any skill into your own professional brand and business. It is also a great way to impress any employer with your digital skills and innovation.

As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, states,

“Your personal brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room”.

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