When first beginning the job search---typically directly out of college---most jobs in a chosen field require some sort of experience. This makes obtaining your first job rather difficult if your resume has a large blank space in the "experience" category. However, to improve the chances of receiving the job---or at least an interview---there are a few options available.
Obtain an internship. Although most companies do not provide compensation for internships, they provide valuable experience toward your given career field. Often, an internship can lead directly to a job offer with the company.
Offer your services on a volunteer basis to a company that is in your field of schooling. Most companies will not turn down free work. Free labor cuts down on business costs, and you gain experience for a job in the future.
Apply to a "support level" position at a company that you would like to work for. If several years of experience are required for the position that you really want, you most likely will not receive a call back. However, if you apply for a support role that requires little to no experience, you may find yourself with a job offer. Then, once you prove yourself capable, it is possible to receive a promotion to the job you had your eyes on.
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