It is an old age debate; most of us went throw the difficult time of looking for our first job. “How can someone get experience in a field if every company is looking for candidates with experience?” The truth is that employers aren’t generally in the business of giving people chances. Giving chances is actually bad for business.
Nobody is going to give you a chance if you don’t first give yourself one, only if you are related to the boss of course. So try to find about those companies and find where they gathered and where they link and social in time you can be part of the net work and might have a chance to get a good reference from someone to get you in. If you don’t have much experience, a cover letter is the thing that can convince a hiring manager to call you for an interview. But the letter needs to be a truly excellent one
Employers can however, be convinced to take a chance on you. Every time a company hires anyone, they are taking a chance. They try to mitigate the risks as much as possible by surveying resumes for the most qualified people, interviewing those people to find the best fit, and then conducting background checks to check for red flags for liability, productivity, and professionalism as many workers want to use the first employer as a stepping stone and leave them later, or apply for WCB and fake an injury, there are many horror stories that many employers lost money and time for hiring the wrong person.
In my experience as a medical sonographer I have found that the main reason companies pick someone with experience beside the qualifications, as many of those companies are lacking the internal resource to train nee people. It was very hard to find a job when I graduated as a radiographer in Ontario back in 1983. I knew then I have to look somewhere that not many people want to go. So I applied to remote north areas of Canada and I got many offers.
I started in moose factory Ontario built my experience, then moved to Manitoba to do my medical ultrasound course and in Manitoba I did some volunteer jobs and shadow programs then I moved to Saskatoon, and North BC. After few years working up north I managed to move to the areas I like .But in the same time I took my courses and built my resume and focused of what important in my field and what are the major common areas most of the companies looking for such as leg and arm dvt , carotid ultrasound, some peads work ,some MSK work beside the main basic skill of general abdominal small part and obstetrics
Companies are almost always going to pick the experience person because there’s less down time to train. They can hit the ground running, it takes less time to train them .So take a look at everything you’ve done so far, on the job, at school and in your personal life. List the accomplishments that you have made and see if you can find a way to tailor them to the industry that you’re targeting. It can be about personal traits you bring to the job, or other less formal qualifications. For instance, it’s perfectly appropriate to mention your love of creating order out of chaos when applying to an admin job.
I am not saying that’s the way it should be, it’s just the way it is. Now days many companies in my field depend on us to train others, some technologists arrived without any experience at all and it took me 1 to 4 years to bring them to the top notch and only to lose them as they leave us and joint other clinics who pay more. They used me they used the company generosity to move on for higher pay job, now I don’t train anybody for the same reason as it takes lots of energy and I am not a school. I told my manager to pay them more so we don’t lose them and let someone else train them as we lost 6 already.
The best way for those who looking for a job is to try to go up north, apply to remote areas, try the USA market, overseas market, try to work as volunteer to gain more experience, and get good reference. Look for internship opportunities, volunteer work or short term contacts where you can pitch in on complex projects, develop your skills (especially the transferable ones mentioned above) and accomplish demonstrable success.
You can also use these opportunities to increase your personal network. Don’t leave empty blocks in you resume ,try to fill the time with short courses related to your field and show that you are at the top in your field regarding to the skill and education need it.
You need not just potential to get a job; you need knowledge, experience, grit, and curiosity. You need both the soft skills and hard skills of the job. You have to know at some level what the basics are: how to do the job is one thing, how to work in the dream job environment is another. This is why people go to school, get internships, and otherwise act as gophers for their first jobs. Knowledge and experience go a long way. If nobody is giving you the chance to gain that knowledge, just gain it yourself.
Try to write and publish your articles and ideas to give a spotlight on what you do in your resume. Teach on line, offer your tutorship to teach other for less money and build the experience,
Do whatever you can to land an interview. When it comes, dress professionally and make the right impression. Use this occasion to demonstrate your passion for the industry, the company and the role. People like to hire those who are enthusiastic about the particulars rather that someone who’s just looking for a job.
Try to read about the company history, the mission ,and vision of the company and be ready to answer why you want to work for them. If you’re offered any role at all – even one that is a step down from your past work or what you were hoping for – take it. It’s easier to prove your value and work your way up from the inside. Truly motivated, hard-working, ambitious people do not stay in entry-level positions for long.
Age is another factor, many old people find it harder to compete with the young generation who are working for less, but many old workers have great experience beside their educational back ground, they work harder than the younger generation and never miss a shift. I never called in sick for the last 35 years and work at 30% more cases than others yet when I apply for a job the first thing i face is the age factor especially overseas in many Muslim and Arabic countries which once I used to belong
So many of them didn’t offered me a job because of my age 10 years ago , and I still working and standing doing better job than before and those workers they hired are gone some died, some retired, some got fired . Life is what you make of it, so keep moving forward and don’t look back at those backward thinkers, keep them in their delusion, stupid protocols and bureaucracy.
The baby boomer generation will soon retired from the work force, and some will go to part time and casual to keep their medical benefits etc. So the market will be hot and attractive to the new graduates in the next 5 to 8 years, as millions will retire. Remember that rescission is a job killer ,and we are going throw it here in Alberta so move to different place ,don’t be scared from the change, I moved 35 times in my life.
Thank you so much for reading my heart is with those who are going throw difficult time of looking for a job i know how hard it was for me, I couldn’t speak English , I was in a foreign land, no family or relatives and no backup support, but God always was the one I asked when human let me down , along the way you will encounter jealousy and envy, backstabbing and betrayal, hate and finger pointing, discrimination and discouragements, unkindness and lies, negative people with disrespect views, but no matter what don’t give up and fight them with love and kindness and always tell them that God will never let you down , keep God as your guide and counselor work smart and hard and you will prevail .
Steve Ramsey, Ph.D. Okotoks, Alberta – Canada.