/ Asked by Andrew
I am a recent grad and notice that when doing interviews people often say they are looking for someone with more experience, even for entry level. I have been working on small projects since graduation and continue to look for a job. A good amount of learning and experience is done on the job and how the employee does things. I guess my question is how can a person get more experience without given a chance to work at it? Each degree has a wide range of topics to choose from and mine is in computer science.
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
It can definitely be discouraging to have employers say that they are looking for a candidate with more experience.  My recommendation for you would be to research internships that are of interest to you.  This is a great way to gain experience which you can add to your resume.  Internships will expand your work experience and help you to gain the knowledge and experience that employers are looking for.  A great resource to find internships in your area of study would be to contact career services at the college or university you graduated from.  Career Services will connect you with companies that could help you find an internship that interests you.  Good luck!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, July 18, 2014
It is a difficult situation when companies have unrealistic expectations for entry level positions, but what I would recommend is to try to shift the focus away from your lack of experience and to your character and your willingness to learn.  On your resume, emphasize your community involvement, leadership skills, and other non-work related activities that you have been involved with.  This will show a prospective employer what type of person you are versus what experience you have or do not have.  Next you should provide real examples of how you took the initiative to learn something that you previously did not know.  This could be something related to work, school, or something else.  It is one thing to say that you are willing to learn, but giving actual examples of it is far more impactful.  If you do not currently have such things in your background to shift the focus to, it would greatly help you to seek out such opportunities.
Answered by Megan, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, July 23, 2014
A common misconception among job seekers is that experience can only be gained via employment; however that is not the case. Experience can be gained via internships, involvement in trade organizations, volunteer opportunities or even independent study or consulting. I recommend looking in to one of the options mentioned above via your school's career center, or even by doing a simple Google search. Once you start looking, you'll likely be surprised by the number of available opportunities to utilize your background in computer science and develop relevant experience that will set you apart from the pack.
Answered by Patti, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Monday, August 11, 2014
It is important to review the job description prior, and connect your skills with what is needed for the position. Although, you might not have the # of yrs of experience the potential employer is looking for, if you can share any transferable skills that is always welcome.
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