Looking for a job can feel a bit overwhelming, even daunting so say the least. Even filling out online job applications, can become stressful, when you lack the needed experience or skills. Having a few tips and strategies under your belt will help to alleviate those pre-search anxieties and can give anyone the confidence to land the job they feel passionate about. The year of 2012 is chock-full of possibilities, and although many businesses face economic challenges, there are still many others who are successful and making a profit. It’s vital to keep a positive outlook, realize you have the potential to change your part of the world, and go out and do something about it.
Landing the job that you feel passionate about is all about not getting overwhelmed; and all about seeing it as a learning experience; then jumping in and starting. If you’re just out of high school or college, or even finishing up studies, and thinking about job-hunting, a few helpful tips will boost you towards keeping the right perspective.
All job candidates have to begin somewhere, and starting at the bottom is not necessarily bad, it can be quite the opposite, actually. Put on the glasses of perspective and view the experience through the eyes of what you’ll gain and experience, rather than heaping pressure on yourself of immediately trying to decide on a lifelong career. Remember, even in difficult times, and with the current economic challenges we face today, there are still literally thousands of job opportunities out there for those who are serious minded seekers.
What are Your Interests?
If you’re not sure what type of job or career would be best for you, the best place to start is by thinking about the types of places you like, and the things you most enjoy doing, that make you happy. In other words, this is a good time to think about and list your likes and those things that most interest you.
Beginning your job search from this point will help you to find employers or companies that are in line with your interests or provide the environment you’re interested in. Looking over a Hollister application; and securing a job interview with Hollister Co. has often been the starting point for many young people and set the course for a successful career in sales and/ or top management.
Another rule of thumb is not to rule out job choices when you have little work experience. For instance, maybe you’re not a numbers/finance person and a bookkeeping job will not be your thing, but you might be a people person, and even if you lack sales experience, you shouldn’t assume a job in sales will be off limits to you. Many employers will hire a person simply because they’re exuberant; have enthusiasm and potential, even if they are lacking in work experience.
Here are some job search keys:
- List the jobs or potential careers you find interesting (don’t limit yourself)
- Research those jobs by browsing through social networks, look for others who are in that industry and read what they have to say. Talk to professionals in the line of work you’re interested in, and get their advice.
- Make a list of as many of the pros and cons, skills and knowledge you’ll need to land a job in that field. A quick look at the fields you need to fill out on your online job applications will give you a better idea of the questions you’ll be asked.
- Determine that you’ll succeed
What to Remember
Solid gold advice from many employers is that skills or the right type of experience is not always the determining factor when hiring a new employee. If you’re not yet completely ready to decide on a long-term career prospect, you can still get out there and experience what’s available. When you do that you will discover what you really enjoy doing, and you’ll also find out what you don’t like. Knowing what you like is just as important as knowing what you don’t like. It might not be reasonable to expect that you’ll know exactly what you want to do in life without going through a few jobs first. The best advice a career counselor can give you is that you have to start somewhere: take action on one of the various opportunities that present themselves to you.
The job you begin with can act as a major steppingstone along your exciting career adventure. Follow your passions, and remember that your first job will most likely not be your last one, so put yourself out there, be enthusiastic and passionate about everything you do, and learn all you can.