You have applied to a few jobs, but feel a little lost — like you don’t really know what you are supposed to do in this job search process. Maybe your college offered some guidance (like how to write a cover letter) but what you really need to know is why do some people find employment quickly and others take a long time?
Nothing happens over night. Really. But you can take steps to figuring this job thing out. The first step is understanding that employers want employees who have something to contribute. And, that is follow through.
In fact, that last bit — the follow through — that matters more than anything else! Being viewed as reliable and someone your employer can count on is the single most valuable asset you have when you don’t have experience.
So how do you demonstrate to a prospective employer that you get it, even when you don’t? If you haven’t ever held a job or had a position that relates to your career path don’t panic. You can take some quick steps to get on track.
5 Key Steps To Jump Start Your Job Search
- Focus on one thing. It’s easy to get distracted by friends, social media and being social. Your job search is now the one thing you focus on, and it may mean that extra activities are put on a soft-hold until you have a concrete plan.
- Set up a daily schedule. Every day make a list of three things you need to do that day to help you find a job. Prioritize what is most important and do it first before everything else.
- Find a way to get unpaid exposure through internships and volunteering. Many non-profit organizations are looking for college grads to help them with the operation of their cause. This is a time to make connections and get recommendations for your efforts.
- Join one group that is in your field. Yes it is a must. Jobs are found by networking, not from what you know on paper. Making even one meaningful connection could be the edge you need to not just get a job, but the right
- Follow up. This is the biggest differentiator in standing out. Write a hand written note to every person who helps you. EVERYONE. Even if it is a neighbor who introduced you to someone — that favor deserves a thank you.
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