If you are in the difficult situation where you have never had the opportunity to be employed, we have compiled this guide to help you get on your feet in the job market.

Unfortunately, the element of a job application or CV that an employer will look for is work experience. This puts some people in a bind in which they need a job to get work experience but cannot get a job because they have no work experience.

You can absolutely get a job even if you have no career experience

For young people, many employers are willing to take the risk, although it has led to high youth unemployment with the negative ramifications of the pandemic causing uncertainty. If you are in a situation where you are not a young person but have also not been able to work, such as from having children at a young age, the path forward is more difficult.

Despite this, there are a number of options available if you know what you need to look for. We have compiled a few ideas for you to choose from that will help you get your career off the ground.

With our help, you will be in a job in no time.

Ways to add experience to your CV if you’ve never had a job

Volunteering

The most common pathway into work for someone in the no employment, no experience bind is to pick up some volunteering work. At the basic level, volunteering demonstrates a determination to work hard, an ability to be punctual for work, and the initiative to get working. Even better, if you are committed to volunteer work, the organisation will likely give you a great reference for when you apply for paid roles.

If you can access a volunteer role that develops certain skills, you can amass a great CV that will demonstrate experience performing aspects of the paid role. Common skills available from volunteering include using a till or register, handling money, leadership, organisation, good communication and taking responsibility for closing or opening a store.

Another option that the government is currently investing in for significant development are traineeships. These are short unpaid periods spent in companies where they purposefully develop the skills you need to be work ready. At a minimum, they will help you develop your job application skills and your CV.

Training

There are tens of thousands of people today who are having to retrain due to the rapid changes in the UK economy. As you can read about in our guide about education and training opportunities, there are a host of free courses available to get you started on a well-paid and stable career.

If you don’t feel like you have time to take on this training, just demonstrating to an employer that you are open to training as a part of your role can open a whole host of opportunities.

Network

If you are struggling to convince an employer over the internet that you are worth the risk, a common way for people to access experience is using their network. By knowing a family member, friend or neighbour who is in work you can try and get them to give you a short or part time role just to help you get off the ground.