Many of you reading this may be thinking that it is way too early to be thinking about your career, but I am afraid that you are wrong. It is never and I repeat NEVER too early to begin the job search and brainstorm different options for yourself. A lot of us do not have a set career in our minds and some of you may just be confused on where to start all together. In this article I will share with you a few tips, hints, and tricks on where to begin and how to make it as easy as possible.
Starting the Process:
Most of us may seem to get a little overwhelmed when thinking about the job search process but, it can be fairly simple by planning ahead. Two of the most important documents you will need for the rest of your life will be your resume and a cover letter. I know that all colleges these days have a career center where they can help you develop both of these and it is so very important that you take them up on the offer. Resume’s can be very confusing at first but once you get down the format and your ideas things will go very smoothly. Both a resume and cover letter are things that are going to change just like the seasons it is meant to be tailored to the specific job you will be applying for and really shows off your talents. There are plenty of websites and articles out there that will help you write your resume but if you simply have no idea where to begin than make a list of what you have done and the skills that you may have. It is possible to turn even the simplest of jobs into skill sets for your resume.
It’s All About The List:
In life we all have different lists of things that we need or want to do but one of the most important ones will be the list of jobs or internships you may want to apply for. Companies are always looking for help no matter what field you choose the hardest part is narrowing down your ideas. I once had a teacher tell me that what you need to do is find your “magic wand” job. This means looking deep down and figuring out what you went to school for and what really excites you. This may be something that doesn’t happen right away but like they say expect the unexpected. Today most jobs are posted on company websites or on career websites where you simply search by city and the job your looking for. One of the most popular trends for job searching these days has become Twitter. Companies are now tweeting about jobs and internships and you can find out about them before they are even posted to the website. Depending on the field you are wanting to go into they do offer websites by field or interest which can help you narrow down your ideas.Even if your “magic wand” job isn’t posted but the company offers a position elsewhere I would apply because there is always room for growth and improvement.This process can get grueling and frustrating at times but when it does take a step back and think in the end this will all be worth it.
What Do You Think?
Have you begun thinking about your future career? How will you plan? Leave us a comment and let us know!