Truth or Myth 1
Truth: “You have to know exactly what you want to do before you start applying for jobs.”
- Yes you should. Start by considering your strengths and what types of jobs that you could do if you found it.
- Most people don’t start here but think about what you enjoyed about your education and any previous work experience you have; what do you enjoy doing in general, what are you passionate about?
- Find some good assessments that measure your behavior, your motivations and task orientation to learn what’s on the inside of you.
- Once you have all this information, share it with a friend who will be objective and help you focus it.
- Or better yet, find a Career Coach who is trained to help you move forward.
Truth or Myth 2
Myth: “You have to find your perfect job now.”
- Perfect is impossible to start with.
- Determine what your short term job goals are, and project out to what a career might look like.
- Think about what you want and need now and what you want 5-10 years’ down the line.
- So while your current job might not be the ideal dream, if it’s a good balance of your short and long-term goals, you’ll find it’ll be the best start to landing your better jobs down the road.
Truth or Myth 3
Myth: “You know you’re never going to get a job, because you keep applying and you keep getting turned down.”
- It’s tough out there! It’s tougher if you continue just to apply online and through job boards that are impersonal and you never get really seen.
- The best way to find work is through using your personal network of contacts.
- Look to your phone, Facebook LinkedIn and other sources and compile a list.
- Start with the folks that know you best and begin to introduce them to your new resume and your career goals.
- Most of my clients find interviews easier and jobs fulfilled in the first 35 people on their list.
- Networking works oh so much better than just being a recruiter’s search result.