Career-building tips for millennials

07.19.2013


Career-building tips for millennials
Career-building tips for millennials.

To build a career and find a job that's right for you as an entry-level professional, starting early and focusing often on your goals should be the way to go. While many stereotypes exist surrounding the fresh-out-of-college, modern worker, you have the ability to break any common misconceptions. 

While some individuals consider the days right out of college as a time to find yourself and not necessarily focus on a career, that may not be the best way to enter the workforce, according to Forbes. While it may seem easier to coast for a bit out of school, working hard right out of the gate will lay the steps to the career you want in front of you. Playing catch-up isn't fun, especially when it comes to your future. Don't pass up opportunities you could otherwise miss; focus on the next few decades, not the next few years.

As well, some millennial workers think landing a job in their ideal career has to be the way to go. While it may not be exactly what you want, getting a job and doing good work there needs to be a point of emphasis, as job experience is the most important factor for your future. Finding interesting work that makes a statement about yourself should be considered, as it will spice up a resume making future interviewers much more interested in you.

Be realistic, don't daydream
Don't limit yourself to your dream job. Not only may it not be all you expected, but it might not even exist in the rapidly changing workforce. Instead, look for jobs that cater to abilities you know you can excel at. What may seem like just a job at the outset may become that dream job you never expected it would be.

That being said, exploring your options early and often is important when it comes to building your career. Employers may be more likely to take on a less experienced employee looking to switch industries than a more seasoned one, so remaining mobile and hungry for a new position may help you in the long run. But don't quit a job you don't like expecting to find a better one immediately; in today's unstable job market, while it is possible to find a new job, it may take longer than expected. If you do need to find something new, make sure you're prepared for the long haul and make sure you're certain it's the right move for you.

Inexperience is OK
While you lack experience now, it's easy to earn as long as you're prepared to work. That means longevity, though; don't move from job to job incessantly, as it could make you look unreliable and can cost you great opportunities if not thought through. If a job isn't working out, that's OK; make sure you can explain how and why you came to the decision to change, though, when you come to your next interview.

Speaking of that interview, there are important questions you will need to remember when it comes time to sit down with a potential employer. Often, you'll be asked why you're looking at a given position; unless you've just graduated, in which case any interviewer will understand, make sure you can answer truthfully and in a way that will make you look like a qualified and prepared candidate.

Knowing why you want to take the position, and what you'd do in the job, is also vital for any potential hire to know. Researching the company is a must before sitting down in any room; know what you can bring to the table and how you can get running right off the bat.

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