When employers ask for "relevant work experience" do they mean experience of the profession or experience of the industry?

I suppose it could mean both but it's very difficult to have both when you're young.

  • Experience of the profession
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  • Experience of the industry
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What Girls Said 4

  • It is 50-5o Here, dear.
    But Having a Set Job a long Time in this Job itself, will give you the Experience. It Helps to Have been there a long Time down this Line, where you are not some Job Jumper like Thumper.
    Good Luck. xx

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  • Experience that helped you acquire or hone skills that can be transferred to the job you're applying for.

    The more relevant to the specific job you're applying for, the better, but when you're describing your work experience, focus on skills and knowledge.

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  • neither. They want to hear of any and all experience that could fit into their organization.

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  • It depends what type of job it is. Ex: fast food restaurant vs. teacher

    A fast food restaurant is a job not a career. You are more likely to get a fast food (job) without work experience. As, you are more likely to get a job as a teacher (career) if you have experience prior (AKA working w/children) and a teaching degree. Hope this helped!!

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    • So what about professions like lawyers, engineers, accountants, project managers etc which work in different industries.

    • Experience in the profession is the best (because your previous experience/job could relate to the specie job you are applying for) but experience in the industry is better than nothing (you might not have specific work experience for a job BUT having experience in the industry is better than not having any experience at all!)

What Guys Said 6

  • Both is the best. If you have only one of those, professional experience would probably be better. There are exceptions though. They want to know any background that will help do the job.

    If you are deciding whether to apply for a job, when in doubt, apply. Don't nit-pick the job requirements. Companies rarely get everything they'd like to have. Sometimes they get very little of it, or none at all.

    They need to perceive you as a better candidate than the others who apply. Since you have no idea who else is applying, just go for it. Don't let lack of experience, or lack of the stated job "requirements" prevent you from applying, especially if it's something you'd really like to do.

    The actual skills and experience for a job are only part of it. Your personality, ability to get along with coworkers, willingness to learn, attitude, and work ethics, are as important, or more important, than your actual job skills and experience.

    Let them decide you aren't the person they want. Don't do that for them. If you want the job, apply for it, then sell yourself.

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  • ideally it would be experience in a related profession but really professional experience in general is typically accepted. I mean i wouldn't include your part time fast food job in high school or anything but pretty much any relevant professional experience that shows how you can be an asset is good

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  • It means experience that would transfer to your new job so that you would learn your job quicker than would someone without that experience.

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  • Basically what they're asking is have you done anything that might help you do well here or make you easier to train.

    If you are applying at a restaurant to be a delivery driver, you might include your experience as a waiter or a cashier job you had at another restaurant.

    You wouldn't include your job working at a farm planting stuff or your job working at the local mechanic shop over the summer. Try to find stuff that's relevant as possible

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  • What have you done that relates the the job you're applying for. It's not that complicated - they want to know why you're a fit, and what you bring.

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  • Both.

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