Let me start off by introducing myself. I’m Adam Khadra, an undergrad at Imperial College London studying Bioengineering. After applying to WEXO and applying to a few work experience positions online I was lucky enough to get an offer from WEXO themselves. This has given me a really good insight into how WEXO actually works and the best way of finding a job through the site.
My day to day duties included IT support, helping to keep the system database up to date, learning their marketing techniques and communication between you, the user, and the company in which you want to work. A lot of work goes into running the system and ensuring the best candidates are selected as well as getting employers to offer new opportunities.
Here are some tips I’d recommend all of you follow when using WEXO:
- Complete your profile! This is what you’re being judged on; make sure you add all your interests, achievements and anything that really shows off your personality or uniqueness. Another reason is the software that WEXO has built – it’s an algorithm which picks out key words from your profile e.g. if you mention you’re an arts enthusiast, when you apply to an arts based work experience you’re ranked higher than those with no interest at all.
- Try applying to smaller or lesser known firms. Larger companies usually have a high number of applicants on WEXO whereas smaller firms may have just 3 or 4 applicants which means you are in a better position to get that placement. And the experience you pick up is likely to be the same or perhaps even more engaging.
- Be patient! Some companies take a while to reply but don’t think you’ve been forgotten. WEXO are always corresponding with the companies concerned and have systems in place to coordinate this.
- Regularly check the site. New opportunities are coming in nearly every day so make sure you don’t miss out on any of them.
I hope I’ve given you all an idea of how to increase your chances of getting that work experience and best of luck.