/ Asked by iris
I was reading the previous post about having a bachelor's but no one would give them the experience necessary. The answers were very insightful and made me reconsider a few of my personal points. My question is: Can there be any advertising and/or writing companies that can give one the opportunity to volunteer as well? I've learned different articles on how to prepare for a job interview, the dos and don'ts and I've followed every advise possible, and no luck. Experience is a must! Please, advise! Thanks!
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, on Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Some companies, especially smaller companies and start-ups will allow individuals to volunteer in that capacity.  You get the benefit of the experience and they get free labor.  If you are truly looking at a volunteer opportunity I would suggest getting in contact with your local United Way organization.  If you cannot volunteer with them directly in that capacity they should be able to connect you with other organizations that may be able to utilize your skills and services on a volunteer basis.  You never know, your volunteer experience may turn into full time employment.  Signing up for contract work with a sourcing company is another option that you can use.  Regardless of what option you choose make sure that you have a solid portfolio put together, both in hard copy and electronic format.  Make sure that both items are professional in appearance and represent your body of work.  A well done presentation of your work and professional interview may be just tip the balance in your favor when speaking with potential employers.   
Answered by Dustin, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Volunteer opportunities in your specific field (unless in health care) may be difficult to come by and probably would take some creative thinking and selling in order to get an opportunity. A better route would be to seek out contract or temporary work opportunities that would allow you to gain experience in your specific field and could possibly turn into a regular, full-time role.   
Answered by Deanna, Hiring Expert at IBM Corporation, on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
I agree with the suggestion of considering contract work opportunities.  This can be a great way to build your experience, while also building your network for employers to learn about your skills and potential fit with their company.
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