To Work You Need Experience to Get Experience You Must Work...its a Catch 22

i have a small deg in business mgmt. but to get a job i need experience i can't get that without this job. so i work odd jobs here and there but i need something stable...fianancially and time wise...i need something in a good environment and something i know i'll enjoy so i can do my part in raising my daughter and not feel like staying at home with her is letting her down.

i just cant find one...i think i applied to everywhere in town to do anything from working at mcdonalds to marketing.

why can't a well kept smart person get a job? but some dirty person of the street is handed one.

briebrie briebrie 21-25, F 2 Responses Jun 25, 2007

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Experience is not always as important as courage. I have two examples. First when I was younger I wanted to build my house, but I didn't know how. I needed to gain some experience in the building trades, but I was too old to start as an apprentice. I found a company that was hiring, but I had to be a union carpenter to get it. I went to the local carpenter's union and told them I had been working out of state and I that I move here and needed a job. They told me I would have to take a test and to come back the following week. During the week I went to the library and read all I could about carpentry. I showed up on the appointed day, took their test and aced it. I was then a journeyman carpenter with no experience. I got the job and tried to hang around the older carpenters, so they could teach me. The result is that I was able to work long enough to learn the things I needed and I built my house.

The second example is about a woman I know who became a successful screw pump engineer (of all things) without a degree. She got an interview and impressed her interviewers so much that she got the job.

I am not advocating lying and falsehood. What I am suggesting is boldness. Go after what you want and make it happen... whatever it takes.

You need a better resume.

Change your resume and cover letter to make sure the competencies of each position you apply for are met. It is worth the extra effort.

Other than that is who you know.