How are you meant to gain experience if no one will give you experience?
Our Business Support recruiters often talk to candidates who are in retail or hospitality looking to register for office roles in corporate environments. Candidates often think an office administration role is naturally the next step for one who wants better hours, better income and better career prospects.
The most common challenge for these candidates is often the same – employers want experienced candidates, which as a result make opportunities for the inexperienced few and far between. Employers don’t like taking risks and extra training can add costs to hiring which is avoidable.
So, what experience is it that you are looking for and how realistic is this?
Our advice to candidates in this situation is to start small. You should look for a role where you can use your previous experience to get you into a role closer to what you want; consider this as a stepping stone. For example, if you would like to get into an administration role however do not have the skills, consider a Contact Centre role where you will gain some of those skills. If this means working a rotational roster including the odd Saturday night to gain this experience, it may be what you need to do to get ahead.
Often, candidates think quality references are no big deal – this could not be further from the truth.
If you are looking to gain experience, what better way to impress than a previous employer raving about you? Good references are especially important if your experience is light compared to other candidates. Make sure however, you have permission from your references to supply their name. It is not a good look if the reference you have nominated is not aware you are giving out their details, or even worse, doesn’t remember you worked there!
Get the basics right
If you want to take that step into an office role and have limited experience, here are some tips to consider:
Make sure your expectation of what you want to do next is not unrealistic in comparison to your experience. Recruitment Consultants are here to help, offer you advice and make sure you are on the right track with your job search, but the way you present yourself is how we will perceive you. Always make sure you are putting forward the very best you.