Creating goals is the initial step in determining what you need to accomplish to get a job in your chosen career. Initially, it will take some personal introspection. You will need to consider what motivates you. Some find career opportunity to be important. In this case, the ability for promotion and progression is significant. Job security also plays a factor. What does the future hold for a career? Could, for example, advances in technology make it obsolete or even factors such as an aging population open or close opportunities for you. As well things such as passion or your personal version of meaningful work will always play a role in your career goals. Finally, potential earnings will mold the lifestyle you create with your profession. Next comes research into potential careers. It will allow you to know things like the necessary grades, schooling, or work experience you need to pursue a job. Additionally, speaking to people in your potential field of work will provide valuable insight. You will be able to thoroughly map out what you need to accomplish. Knowledge and research are valuable to developing the skills necessary to attain a personally satisfactory career. It remains likely your ideal career will trend in new directions, but with proper research and personal development, it is easier to stay motivated and adapt while attaining your goals.
From knowing what your goals are, the next step to being one step closer to that goal is to create a resume. A resume could be the deciding factor that makes or breaks your chances of getting that interview or job. So how can you make that perfect resume that will get you an interview every time? First, start with a cover letter indicating how excited you are about the position that you are applying for and state the multiple reasons why you are qualified by using previous work and volunteer experience that you’ve had. Make sure that you are giving examples of said experiences that you have mentioned. End your cover letter by thanking the hiring committee for their consideration and how excited you are about the position. Once you have created your cover letter, the next step is to create your resume. The format is pretty simple; on the paper, you will have your name, address/ contact information, qualifications, work experience, schooling, volunteer work/ certifications, and your references. Your name should always be in a bigger font to the rest of your resume and preferably centered in the middle of the page so that it stands out. Then, as for your qualifications, work experience, schooling, and certifications, it should be listed in chronological order from the most recent to the oldest. Also, write under your job/ schooling about a summary of what you did, in point form, that makes your previous work experience valid for the job that you are applying for. Then finally, your references, you should have a minimum of three people that could be from previous work placements or from your school. Make sure that on your reference list that you have their name, address (where they work/ from school, etc.) and a phone number or a way to contact the individual. Just keep in mind that your resume should be short at approximately one to two pages at the most so keep it short and sweet and to the point. With all of this information, you are now ready to apply for any job and look forward to that interview.
How to prepare: The interview
The first step for your interview is to plan everything out, rehearse the questions you assume may be asked. Be sure you find a way to answer them differently than everyone else to stand out. Also, Make sure you show up to the interview early to show to the employers that you are punctual. Make sure you have a copy of
The second step is to make sure you have a copy of your resume, you’re references and a cover letter, as well as a notepad and writing utensils for you to make notes for yourself during the interview for follow-up questions that you might want to ask the employer.
The next step is how you interact in the interview, make sure to be polite, introduce yourself to everyone that will be interviewing you. Give a firm handshake, keep good eye contact with the hiring committee, speak confidently and show that YOU are the one for the job.
Finally, the last step is the conclusion. Reflect on the way you think you did during the interview, what you could have done better, what you did well and so on. After the interview, send an email to the hiring committee to show that you have persistence and dedication to what you apply yourself too. Thank them for the time they gave you, and confirm that you are grateful for the opportunity.
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