As you think about leaving your college years behind and look for the first step on your career ladder, it is important to get off on the right foot. Too many people make the same mistakes when approaching the job market. This article has been written to guide you through the quagmire, so here are five easy-to-follow tips that will get you ahead of the competition and off and running towards your career.
It is important during your college years to be personal, friendly and if you throw a little humour in there all the better. Now that you are transforming into a professional, it is important to make a few changes that your new employer will appreciate:
In the world of sales and marketing, the term USP (unique selling proposition) has been around for several years now but in terms of personal branding, the latest trends are emphasizing the need to have your very own USP.
Think about what makes you different from the others. Simply stating “I work hard” or “I am a team player” will only get you so far. Hiring managers are looking for innovative thinkers and your personal branding can be a direct reflection of that and can make a great subject matter for your interview.
The next point is to dress for success. Make sure your image reflects the position you are applying for and it is consistent with your social media presence. For example, being clean shaven on LinkedIn will quickly come undone if you are sporting a three-month beard on Facebook. You want to be taken seriously and thinking through your personal branding will really help you get there.
This will not come as a surprise to you at all. You have heard about the power of networking and the potential it can bring, but few rarely see the full opportunity and even less actually execute it. For you to get into the world of business, you must network yourself until you are blue in the face, then do it some more. Out of all the tips provided here, if you do this one and do it well, you will see success from it.
Networking comes in a variety of forms and range from talking to your family to meeting strangers. Start with the easiest form which will be telling your family, friends, teachers and classmates you have started your career search and share with them what you are hoping to achieve. You will be pleasantly surprised that after a couple of weeks just how many people you actually get connected with.
As you enter into the business world you have two sets of competition. Those who are also leaving college and starting their search like you and the people who are already in the job market. This can seem overwhelming at first, which is why it’s important to have a game plan. Having a plan will help you think through what you want and how you are going to get there. If you need help creating a plan and staying motivated, hiring a career coach is a great option.
Start with the following pointers and the information will start to flow. Write everything down you think of, no matter how small or irrelevant. It all adds up and builds your plan.
So you made it through college and you actually did well on your grades which is great! Now the business world is looming and you have a ton of fabulous learning opportunities ahead of you, starting the moment you apply! Take note of these points and use them to your advantage and they will pay off!
And some additional bonus tips for when you get hired!
The business world is accelerating and people who perform at their best are becoming more sparse. If you get the job then congratulations! Celebrate the moment before taking on these final points of recommendation:
Paul is a Career & Executive coach based in Houston Texas specializing in helping people on a global basis to transform their careers and find purpose and passion in their professional lives. He has a 20+ year in corporate staffing and human resources and moved into career coaching to help people overcome the challenges he personally faced when deciding to change career path. His personal goal is to reduce the startling statistic in the American Workforce which is almost 70% of people being disengaged with their current employer. Connect with Paul on Noomii and his website.