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    I am taking a gap year in which I would like to have a full time job in retail stores. I was wondering if it's possible to get a job with no work experience. I took a look at a few job offers and they all state they want relevant work experience which I don't have. Does that mean I would have to spend time volunteering at a charity shop or something? If so how much time do I need to spend and for how long?

    Also what are some other things that will improve my chance of employment? What kind of extracurricular activities do employers look for Would having a blog/website help?

    Lastly, do people lie on the CV about volunteering? If you have done so before did it go well?

    Just apply anyway.
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    (Original post by HassanD)
    Very few employers ask for 'relevant work experience' as that would severely limit the applicant pool and there would never be any entry level jobs. However, employers do want the best employees they can get, so they will ask for, or be looking for relevant experience - which is quite different.

    You can show relevant experience by having a clear idea of the skills the employer is looking for, then working out how you can transfer evidence from other aspects of your life, eg teamwork and leadership from playing in a sports team, retail work from YE etc

    Don't lie on a CV - an employer can dismiss you instantly for lying on a CV, and then you are in a whole world more trouble in finding a job once you have been fired.

    I got a job in a shop recently with only my weeks work experience in school to go on

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    You don't need experience for retail. If you really can't find a job, volunteer in a charity shop for the summer and then apply for jobs in September/October when there are more jobs available. Don't lie on your CV!
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    Alright, I decided to volunteer in a charity shop for two weeks or so and then apply for jobs after the summer. Hopefully I will be successful, thanks for everyone's input.
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