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    I've been looking for jobs for a while now.
    My 'experience' is all voluntary, both here in London and Portugal.

    I honestly don't think people take this into consideration.
    Half the time though, you end up working harder than the ***** who're getting paid.
    It's how I felt when I spent a year working at the British Heart Foundation. I'd be on the shop floor, getting the clothes on the racks, behind the till, making sure the place is clean and they'd be drinking tea or coffee in the back ALL DAY.

    I don't think employers take this into consideration, so I basically feel like I have no experience at all.

    What can I do?
    Everywhere asks for experience. "Want to work in our retail store? Oh you need experience, your voluntary work for years is absolutely nothing so we won't give you the job".

    How does one go about gaining experience, when nobody wants to give me a shot?

    I'm sure most of you have had this problem too?
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    If you're as hard a worker as you say you are, surely you'd be able to get good written references from the organisations you were volunteering with?
    Don't be too shy, ask and they'll probably be happy to do one for you
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    (Original post by Tadpole123)
    If you're as hard a worker as you say you are, surely you'd be able to get good written references from the organisations you were volunteering with?
    Don't be too shy, ask and they'll probably be happy to do one for you
    I've got references from two places. Both of which were voluntary, and the job I had in Portugal, the shop shut down and I can't find contact details for the manager so I basically wasted a long long summer.
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    The eternal conundrum :moon:

    Luck, you need to hope someone takes the chance on you.
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    (Original post by TornadoGR4)
    The eternal conundrum :moon:

    Luck, you need to hope someone takes the chance on you.
    Bit screwed then aren't I :bawling:
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    I felt the same but it's not totally impossible, I applied for a seasonal temp position at Next last year specifically because they said on their site that they didn't require you to have experience. A month or so later the store manager has told me she wants to extend my contract and keep me on because I've learned quickly/am a hard worker etc. If you want to work in other sectors it's probably a bigger problem (there are definitely a lot of places that require you to have months/years of specific experience) but with retail I think it's possible to eventually get in somewhere -- although I'm definitely not saying it isn't a huge time-consuming headache sometimes.

    And in your specific case I think it's really unfair that they don't take the experience you DO have into consideration! Just because you weren't getting paid for it doesn't mean you weren't working hard, and it sounds like you did plenty of all the things they'd want you to be doing in a retail store. Ridic.
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    (Original post by iHateLaw)
    Bit screwed then aren't I :bawling:
    Aye, yeah
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    (Original post by iHateLaw)
    Bit screwed then aren't I :bawling:
    Let's cry together!! :bawling:
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    (Original post by pocahontas lol)
    Let's cry together!! :bawling:
    Sucks ,_,

    (Original post by puddingbot)
    And in your specific case I think it's really unfair that they don't take the experience you DO have into consideration! Just because you weren't getting paid for it doesn't mean you weren't working hard, and it sounds like you did plenty of all the things they'd want you to be doing in a retail store. Ridic.
    Bothered me so much because the whole point of the experience was to get ready for all the work, and be taught what you're meant to do. Like, I applied for a job in a cinema, and they told me I haven't the relevant experience..? But I've worked with customers for ages, I can use a till, and it's not rocket science learning how to give someone some popcorn or a drink?

    It's all so silly. I spend ages looking for somewhere, sending a CV, writing cover letters, and then when I get nothing, I just give up for ages and it pisses me off. Then I do it again. It's a vicious cycle. I just want a job where I can earn like a minimum of £50 a week so that I don't have to use my student loan as much. But noooooo.
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    (Original post by iHateLaw)
    Sucks ,_,



    Bothered me so much because the whole point of the experience was to get ready for all the work, and be taught what you're meant to do. Like, I applied for a job in a cinema, and they told me I haven't the relevant experience..? But I've worked with customers for ages, I can use a till, and it's not rocket science learning how to give someone some popcorn or a drink?

    It's all so silly. I spend ages looking for somewhere, sending a CV, writing cover letters, and then when I get nothing, I just give up for ages and it pisses me off. Then I do it again. It's a vicious cycle. I just want a job where I can earn like a minimum of £50 a week so that I don't have to use my student loan as much. But noooooo.
    :sadnod: What are we going to we do? :sad:
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    (Original post by pocahontas lol)
    :sadnod: What are we going to we do? :sad:
    i don't know, i hear soho is looking for escorts and what not. so long as the clothes stay on and theres no touching :closedeyes::console:
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    (Original post by iHateLaw)
    i don't know, i hear soho is looking for escorts and what not. so long as the clothes stay on and theres no touching :closedeyes::console:
    :hugs: I was going to say strip but I didn't want to be grim. Did you really hear soho is looking for escorts?
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    (Original post by pocahontas lol)
    :hugs: I was going to say strip but I didn't want to be grim. Did you really hear soho is looking for escorts?
    Noooo, lool.
 
 
 
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