Millennials should know the value of experience in job searching

03.27.2014


Millennials should know the value of experience in job searching
Millennials should know the value of experience in job searching

Millennials beginning or continuing their job searching are likely aware of the importance of experience in the market. However, when that experience can be hard to come by early in their career efforts, how can a Millennial ensure they will be fairly considered for a dream job?

According to Business News Daily, one key way to approach to this is by finding opportunities to gain experience no matter what the actual position or work involves. Whether it's a part-time or seasonal job, an internship or even a freelance position, Millennials can quickly strengthen their resumes.

Freelancing can provide plenty of experience in several different ways. Not only does it show confidence and self-reliance in creating and confirming a customized contract, but it removes risk from the employer's perspective. Every freelance position has a similar beginning and end with employer interactions, allowing workers to package their experiences in a tight-knit way that will keep them from being seen as a risky hire.

Another way Millennials can build their resumes is through increased use of staffing services. The professionals at a staffing agency will not only be able to advise any interested worker about the latest hiring trends and different ways they can join the market, but they can even help find contract positions. Some contracts can turn into full-time jobs after a certain amount of time, while others will be very valuable for meeting people and expanding a network, but every one will be able to be listed on a future resume.

Experience is experience, no matter the job

In the event that a job offer isn't exactly what an applicant saw themselves taking, that isn't a concession of their long-term goals. Any position held can contribute to a worker's career goals and job search alike, as they can provide examples of different aspects of experience. For instance, a management role can help show work ethic and leadership.

At the same time, in the event an internship or job doesn't seem to be working out, it's not necessary to stay with it for longer than a worker's comfortable. If asked about the work gap or quickly-ended position, answering honestly - reflecting upon the mismatch of expectations, for example, or explaining why it wasn't a good long-term fit - can assuage managers' concerns. This is especially true if a resume otherwise shows good results for the work a person puts in.

Develops important soft skills

It's true that many Millennials have little experience in an office setting, which is another reason why jobs and internships can effectively pay off in the long run. For instance, being able to mesh with the office atmosphere is a vital skill, according to Yahoo Finance. Some offices thrive off collaboration between coworkers, for example, while others see silence as the key to productivity. Learning the differences between different interactions and gaining better insight into the best ways to approach the working world will do a lot for workers to better build their soft skills like communication.

At the same time, any new office experience can lead directly to learning new skills, especially when working outside of a personal comfort zone. Many businesses require their workers to specialize in different software applications or business methods they may not be familiar with. In many cases, this experience becomes relevant in a future position, even if it's in an indirect fashion, like being more adept at quickly learning new programs. No matter what, the educational experiences and advantages that different fields can have will not negatively effect any worker's future.

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