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How do you gain experience in a job if nobody will give you a chance?

I am a recently qualified Graphic / Web Designer. Every position I have applied for I have been unsuccessful due to my lack of experience in the industry... but how do you get experience if nobody will employ you ?!? It's frustrating having spent so much time, energy and money for a qualification I can't use ! Any advise?

Asked By: ozshaz1985 - 7/2/2007
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Too many times, people apply for the job they eventually want. In many industries, you have to work at an entry level job gaining the experience necessary for the job you eventually want... More
Answered By: Mr. G - 7/2/2007
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Yeah, i know the feeling... More
Answered By: David The Visionary - 7/2/2007
 
its seriously tough...but the only way is to begin on a lower wrung work ...which may not be of any other value addition but still shows as an experience. any day better than being unemployed for a lack of experience
Answered By: anshu - 7/2/2007
 
Work on a portfolio of your work and practice with your free time and look for a lower level job or a part time job while you practice at home. http://jobs.yahoo.com is also a good choice.
Answered By: synxz001 - 7/2/2007
 
Yes try and gain experience by doing some volunteering perhaps for a local magazine such as the local nature club who might require graphics imported into their monthly or weekly newsletter. Lots of opportunities to gain experience if you look about your local area. Even advertise in your local rag... More
Answered By: star - 7/2/2007
 
try useing spare time to volinteer to make web pages, graphics for chairtys or freinds and familys.. then use them to show what you can do...
Answered By: msmomofmany - 7/2/2007
 
Look for small contract projects to work on. Like for instance, maybe you find a church or a small business in need of a website. You don't have any real world experience, but you can do the job for them for less money, so you'll have that going in your favor... More
Answered By: firstythirsty - 7/2/2007
 
Maybe try volunteering?
Answered By: joy_hardyman2003 - 7/2/2007
 
Do a few months work experience with only expenses paid and the prospect of being hired afterwards. Use the time to get to know people in the industry. Go for good companies that you would want to work for, though.
Answered By: Jules - 7/2/2007
 
No disrespect to any of the other answers but if you want a real world sollution to your problem, try this... More
Answered By: madbagcat - 7/2/2007
 
That's a "catch 22"... my daughter had the same problem, she's a fully qualified beauty therapist. But she contacted the salons & offered her services for free for a few hours a week to gain experience. One salon accepted, now she has a full time job.
Answered By: daveboyUK - 7/2/2007
 
Volunteer... More
Answered By: Micheal S - 7/2/2007
 
Start at the very bottom. A lot of people get degrees etc and expect to go straight into a fully fledged job. It can happen but it is very rare. Apply to all the local design companies offering you service doing anything in the company. Even making tea... More
Answered By: John D - 7/2/2007
 
Do some temporary work just to get your foot in the door... More
Answered By: Annie M - 7/2/2007
 
Well, you need to start building a portfolio of work yourself. I would imagine that most graphic designers are self-employed or work on a freelance basis anyway. You could advertise your services locally and on the Internet. You could also consider doing one or two free jobs, perhaps for local charities, as a way of... More
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Answered By: Tufty Porcupine - 7/2/2007
 
I agree with star, when you see that its tough to get into the market, then find ways to volunteer for companies in a purpose to get experience. Also work for yourself to promote your skills with in the community. I can share your feeling because you invest energy and after all you deserve is earnings. But not... More
Answered By: Nomimi - 7/2/2007
 
I know 7 people with Graphic/Web Design degrees. Only one of them has ever been able to get a job where they're actually using their degree aside form freelance work, and it was a lucky break of being referred... More
Answered By: Ari - 7/2/2007
 
I am also a graphic designer. I also do web and commercial photography. I work for a rather large e-commerce company. I never went to college a day in my life. I started from the bottom at a magazine and worked my way up to assistant to chief editor. You have to start very small. In this field, experience means the... More
Answered By: Melanie - 7/4/2007
 
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