4 Advantages of Work Experience
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As a leading UK hospitality recruiter, we receive a lot of applications for temporary and long-term staff. Here are a few tips for getting work experience and some of the advantages it will bring.
An insight into the industry
First and foremost, work experience provides an invaluable insight into the industry - something that may help you decide whether you would want to enter that particular sector. You never really know if something’s right for you until you try it, no matter how much you think you want to do it.
The all-important experience
Work experience looks great on your CV. According to a 2017 study by HighFliers, around one third of employers surveyed said that applicants with no previous work experience would have little to no chance of receiving a job offer.
As someone looking for experience, it can feel like a Catch 22 - you’re looking for work experience, but to get the position you’re applying to, the employer expects you to have some experience already. What can you do?
If you’re struggling to get that dream job, it might mean that you’re aiming too high - for now! While you may be surprised how far the skills you already have might get you, it is important to have realistic expectations. Any kind of work can give you skills you can use in another job, even for work in another sector. The key is to identify the skills you already have that are relevant to the role you are applying for - it may take some time to get where you want to be, but that’s ok!
A good place to start is volunteering for a charity - working behind the till in a charity shop or organising a fundraiser, both shows skills sought for in the hospitality industry: inter-personal and organisational skills. Even if the charity work doesn’t seem immediately relevant to your desired field, volunteering for any charity at least shows dedication and good character.
Build your communications skills
Though this could be lumped in with other transferrable skills, communication is so important that it deserves a special mention - as we said in one of our previous blog posts, communication is one of the most important personality traits in the hospitality industry. However, this is also true of other sectors - according to a 2016 survey by Jobvite, 73% of employers see good communication skills as important in potential candidates.
Expanding your network
You will meet a lot of new and interesting people while on a work experience placement: not only will you make friends, you will also have the opportunity to expand your professional network. As with other industries, hospitality can sometimes be just as much about who you know
as what you know. You may even meet a future employer or business partner!
Get Started this Summer
Summer is a great time to get started in a new sector, especially in hospitality - more than any other time of year, staff are in-demand for festivals, resorts, functions and other events. Use this to your advantage and get your foot in the door while you can!