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How Alexander got the job with “no experience”

Posted on Career planning, CVs and applications, Graduate opportunities, Interviews and assessments, Jobs, internships and work experience

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“Careers and Employability Services boosted my confidence. I was particularly demoralised by the fact I was being turned away from legal work experience due to having no experience in the first place. This is a barrier that many job seekers struggle with and it is incredibly frustrating. I thought I would never overcome it.”

OU Law student Alexander was concerned that his lack of legal experience was holding him back. However, his experience and transferable skills from other work settings and support from Careers and Employability Services helped him gain a job as a legal assistant.

“I was advised that, although I had no legal work experience, I did have transferable skills that I had gained through other work such as retailing and catering. I was shown how to craft my CV in such a way as to express these skills to employers.”

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