Starting Your Career Search The Right Way
By: Nicole Beasley
Updated February 04, 2020
Medically Reviewed By: Rashonda Douthit , LCSW
So, you're ready to look for a new career, or maybe your first real career. But you don't want to just jump into any job, right? Sure, if you need a job you might be willing to take just about anything you can get, but if you're looking for a career, you'll likely stay with it for a long time. It makes sense to look a little harder. There are several steps in the process if you're trying to find a great career that you will enjoy.
Find What You Like
What do you like to do? It may be what you're currently doing in your job or maybe not. It's important to carefully consider what interests you. Do you like numbers? Maybe you like drawing or writing. Whatever you like, you should start by making a list of those activities and then take a look at careers that will allow you to use those skills. There will be plenty that uses each of your favorite activities to different degrees.
If you like numbers, you may want to look at jobs in accounting or mathematics. Other jobs may use numbers a little less but still let you use something you enjoy. If you like drawing, you could look at jobs in illustration or graphic design, but you could also look at architectural jobs that allow you to create different types of designs. You'll have many great benefits to choosing a job that you can enjoy and that will allow you to utilize your best skills.
Work On Your Skills
Next, you want to take a look at the skills and qualifications that you have available. Do you have the skills and qualifications that will be necessary for your chosen career? If you do, then you're off to a great start, but if not, you're going to want to start developing those skills. Of course, the first step is focusing on the job you're considering. You can then look at the most important required skills. Just because it's something you're interested in doesn't mean you have the skills or qualifications the job requires.
Look into advanced training or certifications that will prove to a potential employer that you have the necessary skills. By continuing to advance and approve, even above the minimum requirements to get into the job that you're trying to apply for, you will show potential employers that you take your capabilities seriously and you want to succeed in this field. It will take some effort to find the options, however, so make sure you fully explore options available to you.
Work On Your Resume
Your resume is crucial for getting any job. A poorly designed resume could keep you from getting that perfect job. Carefully review your resume to ensure it is showcasing you well.
Keep in mind that your best assets should be highlighted on your resume. If you have a high-level degree related to your field of choice, put your education at the top. If you have a lot of great experience working in the field or a great job that showcases your skills, put work history at the top. The same goes for those with advanced skills or certifications. Put whatever your strongest assets are at the top so it's the first thing a potential employer sees when looking at your resume. Follow this with your next best asset and so on down the list.
Within each category, it's important to have a cohesive structure. That means each aspect should be formatted in the same way. You need to have all the same information for each piece that goes in a single section, such as dates, degrees, locations, and schools for each of your educational pieces to the resume. Once you've done this, you're going to have a great looking resume, even if you don't have all of the qualifications a company may be looking for.
Develop Your Online Presence
It's important to have a great online presence that helps to showcase your professional capabilities and successes. Websites like LinkedIn help you to broadcast your resume and some of your professional accomplishments or even professional relationships right in one place. Supervisors and coworkers can attest to your skills. This will help you show potential employers what you have to offer.
By developing your profile on websites like this, you'll be able to show potential employers much more than you will with your resume alone. Your online profile is interactive and allows you to showcase writing skills and your professional connections. All of this will help as employers go online to look for more information about you. You want them to find these things, but you'll also want to take a closer look at your social media profiles because they will see those profiles too. It doesn't mean you need those profiles to be focused only on a job, but do be mindful of what you post.
You want your social media to look like you're a compassionate and friendly person, which means avoiding extremes or completely unprofessional additions to your page. Things that are unfavorable or make you look like you associate with people of questionable character may hurt your chances. No one expects you to be professional all the time, but certain standards are important.
Getting Some Help
If you're not entirely sure how you want to go about your career search or you don't know if you're doing things the right way, it's important to get some help early on. You may not think of counseling for your future and your career, but it's a great option for anyone who is questioning what they want for the future. Career counseling helps you to better understand yourself, your skills, abilities and the things that you want for the future.
With BetterHelp you'll be able to quickly and easily get the help you need. BetterHelp has several counselors that can help you with absolutely anything you might need. Even better, they can do it right in your own home because all you need to do is log on to the website to start talking to someone.
The counselors available on the website connect with you no matter where you are, as long as you have an internet connection, and they're available at different times of the day. You can set up appointments that are convenient for you without having to worry about getting to an office. You can head home at the end of a long day, relax on the couch and attend your counseling session at the same time. It makes things easier, fun and comfortable because you're in an environment that you feel great in.
Don't let your job be just a job. Make sure that it's something you enjoy and are going to want to do for many years to come. The faster you start your career search and the better you do with it, the better off you're going to be in the long run. With help from a professional Career Counselor, you can get started before you know it and you'll be working in a career that you love in no time. All it takes is a little bit of effort, and you'll be there just like that.
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