It is hardly inspiring for a recent graduate to spend months trying to find a job. Why spend 3 to 4 years at university racking up an enormous students loan only to end up with a piece of paper? Even if you want to pursue your passion, you have no money to even make the first step. So, what should you do?
This may sound cliche, but volunteering actually does give you valuable work expereience. However, you have to be strategic about how you volunteer. Make your choices using the following steps.
1. Think about the sector you want to work in.
2. Search for companies or organizations within that sector.
3. Narrow down your search to companies or organizations that offer internships or who are seeking volunteers.
4. Send a letter expressing your desire to volunteer.
5. Give your best. You may not be getting paid, but several people will be watching you. One of those people could be the person who will employ you.
Sometimes, it may be better for you to set up a small business. There are countless resources on the internet that can help you to hit the ground running. Freelance websites, such as Elance and oDesk, offer several jobs in various fields. There are also several companies that offer free websites. WordPress is a good place to start. Who knows, your business could blossom into something that is able to provide you substantial income.
Don’t be afraid to take opportunities that take you out of your comfort zone. If a job takes you to another country, take the bold step and make the move. If you are being offered a job that is outside your comfort zone, take it. You may never know what other opportunities could arise.
Being unemployed doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. Start volunteering, start freelancing, or embrace opportunities so that you can transform your situation.