Especially in these times, it is important to remain competitive if you want to be successful. Most of today’s industries are fast paced and cut throat, so it is essential to have a substantial background that will help get you the career you’ve always dreamed of. Choosing your first job is a huge decision that will forever alter your career path, so take all the necessary steps to ensure that you are ready when opportunity comes knocking.
- Revamp Your Resume Weed out the irrelevant jobs and tailor your resume specific to the job you are applying for. Use appropriate wording that highlights the skills you developed through the position, as well as accomplishments you have made.
- Get Involved Join organizations that are relevant to your career path. It is a great way to network with those in your field and hear about potential job offerings and other opportunities.
- Connect With Faculty Many companies will ask for a letter of recommendation, so it is important to have relationships with either a teacher, previous employer, or other reliable source who is not a direct family member.
- Seek Out a Mentor This can be a friend, co-worker, or anyone who you think will be able to effectively help you develop your career. There is no one better to help you navigate through a company/industry than someone who has done it themselves. Their advice can be invaluable. You will have the opportunity to learn what skills will benefit you, as well as mistakes and situations to avoid.
- Become a Leader Whether it is being the president of your sorority, or the treasurer of a local charity organization, positions of leadership will help to develop you as an individual, and as a employee. Leadership positions help you learn how to work with all kinds of people and will help you to learn how to manage others.
- Clean Up Your Facebook The last thing employers want to see is you dancing on a table last Friday night. Privacy settings can only take you so far, as many employers can get past them. It is best to just delete those pictures and keep your wall clean.
- Use Your Network Ask friends and family about potential job openings that they might know of. You never know what is available out there, and people may not even know that you are interested so just ask!
- Be Patient Chances are, you will be turned down from a few jobs before you find the one that is right for you. Do not be discouraged by this. With persistence and talent, you will find a job that is right for you.
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