Deciding on what you want to do for a living is probably one of the hardest decisions you'll ever have to make and then looking for that job is probably one of the hardest "jobs" you'll ever have.
So where do you start to help you make that decision and where do you need to do after that to get your dream job? Take a look at these tips.
Choosing a Career
Choosing a career is an involved process that is based on a number of things, including your interests, skills, work-related values, and personality. Ask yourself, what do you enjoy doing and how can you make money doing that?
Make a list of jobs that fall within your interests. What you should end up with is a list of suitable careers based on your self assessment. Obviously you can't do everything on your list, nor will you want to.
Here's where you need to do some research. You should begin to gather information about these careers which will include a job description and required training and education. When you have narrowed down your choices to just a few, then you should investigate even further. Once you've done that, you can now make a decision about what career to pursue and what you need to do to get it.
Applying for a Job
After you've found some jobs that interest you, the next step is to apply for them. Many potential employers require complete resumes or application forms. After you've applied for a job, you'll probably need to go on interviews to meet with potential employers face to face.
Finding a job can take time and effort. But you can speed the process by using many methods to find job openings including personal contacts, classified ads, the web, or directly contacting the employer to see if there are any positions available.
Preparing Your Resume
Knowing how to write a resume is a critical skill for surviving and thriving in today's job market. Your resume is the first impression you give to a potential employer. It can help you land that all-important first interview . . . or disqualify you.
Before you begin writing your resume, take the time to think about your experience and what type of job you're looking for. Doing this will help you put together a resume that clearly defines who you are and what you have to offer to a potential employer.
Here are some of things to include:
- Objective: state what kind of job or internship you're looking for.
- Experience: describe your job history. Under each place you have worked, list the specific activity (ies) you have performed along with a positive result obtained from that activity. This indicates to a prospective employer that you have not only performed a job function, but that you have added value to the company.
- Education: just list your high school, unless you've taken college courses on the side.
- Other Skills/Information: list your computer or language skills, organizations you may have volunteered for, internships, and any associations to which you've belonged.
You decide what you want to do for a career. You've applied for a lot of positions. You've sent out your brilliant (and accurate) resume. And then you get the call you've been waiting for . . . it's time for the interview!
The interview(s) may first include a phone interview, and then if you meet their criteria, one or more face to face interviews with one or more persons. It is important that you thoroughly prepare for the interview by anticipating potential questions and practicing answers. The process could include;
Know everything possible about the company you are applying to. Research the company and be familiar with its history.
- Get ready to handle questions about you.
Practice and rehearse the answers. Work into your answers how your background and job experiences will help you to add value to the company.
- Look and act the part.
Dress appropriately for the position you are interviewing for and be able to talk about your background and experience. Present yourself as the perfect candidate for the job.
- Don't worry about being nervous.
It happens to everybody. Just be yourself, be honest, be polite, be upbeat, and the rest will all come naturally.
- Don't forget to say thank you.
Not only is the critical when the interview ends, but a follow-up thank you letter is just as important. It shows the person that you're interviewing with that you appreciate the time they spent with you and at the same time you can make sure that they know you want the job.
Don't forget to talk with your Guidance Councilor. He or she can be a valuable resource in helping you with all the steps in choosing a career and landing your dream job!