A classic dilemma.

Author:Mason, Takita W.
Position:How college graduates can demonstrate job experience - Brief Article

Get past it and get your first gig

So you finished your undergraduate education in May and you're still on the prowl for your first job. Apparently, you've been running into some difficulty finding that dream position. It's no wonder, considering that 30 minutes into every interview, you're hit with the big question: "So, what experience do you have?" And every time, you have no answer. "I'm obviously not going to get this job, either," you think to yourself.

A recent survey developed by OfficeTeam, a specialized administrative staffing firm, and conducted by an independent research firm found that 47% of executives polled considered "experience in the profession, such as internships or temporary work" to be the most important qualification a prospective employee could have. Having a college degree came in a distant second at 18%.

It's the classic dilemma of many first-time job hunters. "Many graduates face a Catch-22 situation in their search for their first full-time position. They can't get a job without experience, but they can't get experience without a job," says Diane Domeyer, executive director of OfficeTeam. So what's a college grad to do? "Working as an intern or temporary [worker] allows students to build their skills and business network," says Domeyer.

OfficeTeam offers some tips for conveying on-the-job experience:

* Illustrate what's in it for them. Show that you can "hit the ground running" once hired, by mentioning examples of your ability to work as part of a team, your ability to manage time and projects, and your...

To continue reading