Help Wanted in Twelve Different Flavors

Consider the following to be a comprehensive (although not all-inclusive) listing of possible avenues for gaining further experience:

  1. Internships/co-ops
  2. Summer jobs
  3. Campus jobs
  4. Entrepreneurial/self-employed jobs
  5. Temporary work
  6. Volunteer work—school, church, club, not-for-profit organizations
  7. Special projects
  8. Research papers
  9. Certification courses
  10. Campus activity positions
  11. Fraternity/sorority/social club positions
  12. Extracurricular or sports leadership positions

Review the above list. Use it as your checklist. Don't ever again fall into the trap of saying that you don't have any real experience. If you haven't experienced it yet, create it or make it happen on your own. Remember—even though we are talking about entry level positions, experience is number one on nearly every employer's list of preferred attributes. Make sure it is also number one on your list as well.

And if it is late in the year (or already past graduation) it's still not too late to generate real-world work experience. Temp. Volunteer. And also be sure to look back on what you have already accomplished. You may have already gained real experience that you have not fully recognized. And your future is still wide open for additional experiences. Keep it focused toward your goal and do everything within your power (and then some on top of that) to reach your goal.