As a recent graduate from a Top 50 university, I completely understand the struggle of trying to land a job after you get out of school. Unfortunately, graduates aren’t the only people who are struggling. People who have recently quit or lost their jobs are having the same issue as us. I know that sense of defeat and frustration from not finding a good job easily. However, if you follow these eight career tips, you will see that they can make a large difference on your career path and hopefully help you score a great job that fulfills your passion.
#1 Use a Career Assessment to Find Jobs Just for You
Whether you’re a young professional or someone who has been working for years, you know how time-consuming applications can be. That’s why it’s extremely important for you to apply for the right jobs so you’re not wasting your time. Take a career assessment test so you can see where your strengths, weaknesses and passions lie. When you get your results, you’ll be able to then focus on applications for the right jobs for you.
#2 Conduct Research
If you just graduated from college, your research skills should be quite impressive. Regardless of age, you should do research on each company you apply to. This will highlight your interest in the company and will show employers that you’re taking the application process seriously.
#3 Realize Your Career is Basically a TV Miniseries
Each new episode of a miniseries can represent every new experience you receive at a job. Each season of the miniseries would represent another job. Don’t worry about the number of jobs that you’ve had or how long you’ve stayed with each employer. The important thing to remember is that as long as you’re learning, then the skills you receive will improve at each new job, and you’ll gain useful experiences that will eventually put you where you would like to be.
#4 Produce an Online Portfolio
If I had one thing that was constantly pounded into my head while I was in college, it was to create an online portfolio. With the Internet being increasingly popular for job-hunting as the current population switches over to smartphones and tablets, it is important to have a strong online presence. My suggestion would be to create a LinkedIn profile and have your online portfolio linked to it, so employers around the world can see your resume and work and can contact you if they’re interested. For some companies, you can now fill out an application by signing in with your LinkedIn profile, which is a great time-saver.
#5 Network, Network, Network
This was the second-most important thing that was drilled into my head while I was an undergrad. It’s honestly all about who you know. Someone you know may know someone else who is in your field and can refer you to a person in charge. So put down your smartphone and tablet and start talking to the people around you.
#6 Perform the Perfect Pitch
If you get a job interview, practice how to sell yourself. You have to show a company why it would like to hire you. Like U.S. News says, try narrowing down your selling points to 30 seconds. This is long enough to get your point across but short enough to not bore your interviewer.
#7 Be Courageous and Take Risks
When you land the job that is perfect for you, don’t be afraid to take risks. Taking risks is important because it will eventually lead to success. Check out this Huffington Post article, which lists several different positive benefits that can occur when you take risks.
#8 Communication is Key
Communication is the basis of all relationships and it’s one thing many people don’t stress enough on their list of things to improve. You cannot have a successful job or a relationship with your coworkers if you don’t communicate effectively. Practice being a good listener and a good communicator when you talk about work.
Getting a job isn’t an easy task. Advancing in your career once you land a job isn’t easy, either. Consider these career tips to help save you time, waste less energy, find a job you’re truly passionate about and to advance effectively in your career.