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How to Gain Relevant Work Experience While Still in School

It’s never too soon to start looking toward the future. If you’re still in school, but already searching for ways to boost your resume, there’s plenty of options.

From working temp jobs in Las Vegas to volunteering your time at an organization that can use an extra hand, find out how to gain work experience that will put you on the fast track to success.

Find a Job

You haven’t graduated yet, but that doesn’t mean you have to work your way through school at a job that has nothing to do with the industry you’re trying to break into. While you probably won’t be able to land your target job until you have the required education, get on the right track by finding an opportunity related to your field.

For example, if you’re pursuing a degree in restaurant management, get a job — a staffing firm can help you find a flexible temporary opportunity that works with your school schedule — as a hostess, server or kitchen worker. You’ll gain pertinent work experience, make industry contacts and have an ‘in’ with a great employer upon graduation.

Get an Internship

The most common way to gain work experience as a student, an internship can be a valuable opportunity. You’ll get the chance to learn the ropes from a seasoned professional(s), gaining experience that can give you a competitive advantage when the time comes to search for entry-level jobs.

Some internships are paid, but many are not. Before searching, decide whether or not you can afford to take a pro bono opportunity, so you know what to zero in on. The best internships are scooped up fast, so try to lock one in as early as possible.

Take on a Volunteer Opportunity

If you’re having trouble finding a job in your field, but can’t commit to an unpaid internship, volunteering can be a great solution. Many nonprofits would be happy to have a student help out for free, so explain the skills and experience you’re looking to acquire and keep trying until you find one willing to put you to work.

Since it’s just a volunteer gig, you won’t have to commit to as many hours as an internship, but you’ll still be able to again valuable experience.

Work Your Way to the Top

If you’re trying to bulk up your resume while still in school, PrideStaff Las Vegas wants to help you find an opportunity that aligns with your goals for the future. Whether you’re searching for a temporary, temp-to-hire or direct hire role, we’re here to connect you with Clark County’s top employers. Start your search today!

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