You can build your career path day by day. Here are some tips to help you jumpstart your job-hunting process:
Visit your College’s Career Center
This is a great place to begin your journey as you enter the workforce. Use the center’s resources to help you get the job you want. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from their career counselors if you need guidance.
Keep up with your connections, as you never know when or where you’ll have an encounter. Your connections may be able to help you narrow your search, or they may even help you land the job you’ve been aiming for. Use LinkedIn to help maintain your network. Be sure to make your profile look professional.
Job Hunting Myths
Study up on the most common job-hunting myths to avoid the basic mistakes job applicants tend to make. Instead of waiting for jobs to come to you, take the first step and be proactive in searching for a job you really want. This includes filling out several application forms, sending targeted resumes, and asking employers if they’re willing to offer informational interviews that can help you get to know the companies you’re interested in. (This will also help you navigate your career path.)
Don’t Take It Personally
If a recruiter turns you down after an interview, don’t be upset. Instead, use the interview as a learning experience, and analyze your actions during the interview. As you go through your job search, you’ll deal with a lot of recruiters that will try to shake you to see how you react. If you thoroughly prepareand research before every interview, you’ll be more comfortable and better able to maintain balance.
Review the job description and tailor your resume to the position you are applying for. The same thing goes for your cover letter. Don’t just use a generic resume and cover letter. If you want a chance at an interview, personalize your resume as much as you can through research, and make sure the resume fits the specific job you’re applying for.
These tips should help you jumpstart your career. Pursue what you really want to do, and you’ll never run out of passion for your life and work.