Entering the job market can be an exciting and daunting experience. It’s a different stage in one’s life.
You realize the same rules and orders you abide by during your school days are different after school. To become part of the workforce, you’ve got to be tactical and intentional, especially with your network.
Use these tips to position yourself for the job market and kick off your career.
Have A Professional Online Presence
In case you haven’t gotten the memo yet, adulting means social media is not just for fun anymore.
Prospective employers are constantly looking to find out about the best candidate for a job. That means yes, employers will Google search on you.
Share posts that highlight your skills and talents. The more people are aware of your capabilities, the better positioned you are. Employers need to know that you could be their best hire. Give them all the evidence to believe so.
Build Work Experience
It’s the age-old dilemma – how can you enter the workforce for the first time and be expected to have some experience already?
Before you can get your first official job, your resume does not have to be empty. You can build work experience by interning, volunteering, joining school clubs, and having applicable hobbies. For example, if you want to write for a magazine, list that personal blog you’ve spent 3 years on.
Attend Networking Events
Networking is essential especially if you want to get employed. By attending networking events, you put yourself right in the position to meet people who could be the contacts needed for the dream job.
Who you know matters. Having the best grade is not enough to get you the job. Having someone who can vouch for you is an invaluable asset to your job search.
Be Able To Tell Your Story
To best prepare yourself for the workforce, you have to get ready to talk about yourself.
Get comfortable with discussing your strengths before you get to the interview. Write down your accomplishments, challenges you have been able to manage, and failures you’ve overcome.
When you have your points, put them together like an elevator pitch and test it out at networking events.
Remember that for all the NOs you’ll get, you only need one YES. Stay intentional and find a job that will help you get to the next stage of your career.
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