If you’re looking for more work experience but can’t find out how to make that happen, that’s ok. There are plenty of companies that expect an employee to have a couple years of experience before hiring them on. But, if every company is looking for that, how are we supposed to get an entry level position and start getting work experience? The answer will be different for everyone, but here are a couple different ways you can start to obtain work experience before applying for your dream job.

  1.     Staffing agencies.

If you’ve never heard of these agencies, they’re also known as temp agencies. They are in charge of making sure that their clients are put with an employer that they’ll be able to help, and that will hopefully be a good fit for them. In the end though, they’re here to get you a job. It’s a great way to sneak around the interview process and land a job in which you can start building up some work experience. They are city based so if you’re looking in San Francisco, all you’d have to do is search up staffing San Francisco to be able to find something that will work for you. After that you’ll submit your resume, let them know what you’re looking for and they’ll start hunting for you. They’re very good at what they do, so they’ll be able to find something for you.

  1.     Work with a friend.

If you can find a job through a referral, that’s a good way to get your foot in the door. Referrals help any job application, but sometimes if the employee is higher up or just an incredible worker, the employer won’t even ask for an interview. They’ll take the work of the person recommending you and start you as soon as possible.

  1.     Internships.

There are some unpaid internships and there are some paid internships. Obviously if you had the options between being paid or not, you’d want to be paid, but if an unpaid internship offered better credentials for future applications, you’d want to jump on that and prepare yourself for the future. Any work experience will help you, and often times more than not the unpaid internships are more sought after. If you can land one of these, you have a better chance for the future. Search up temp agency San Francisco to find one.

The most important thing is just to get your foot in the door. Once you just start, it becomes more and more easy to find opportunities to gain experience. Doors will open, referrals will come, and people will be more willing to give you a chance. Use this to your advantage and ask every single contact you have if they have anyone they can refer you to, and you will be blown away with how many opportunities present themselves.