Finally starting out on your career is not easy regardless of if you’re a new graduate or career changer. It requires a lot of energy, dedication, and motivation.
If you know what you want and are confident in yourself, taking the primary steps should be easy. However, if you are not aware of where to start, you’ll find that starting out/over is a lot more difficult. Mitchells and Butlers share why it is never too late to start an apprenticeship.
Hopefully, these tips we’ve listed below should give you a boost of confidence to get you going in the right direction.
1.Get a Decent Hair Cut/Style
Neat hair that’s been well-groomed is critical to making a good first impression. Looking good will reflect well on your personality and will ultimately make you feel good and confident.
- Shop for an Interview Outfit
You’ll need smart clothes for which you’ll be going on interviews so why not buy them now and be prepared in advance? Investing in a smart and professional interview outfit will give you points in any interview process.
- Get Reconnected
If you’ve been job hunting for a while, it’s likely that you might have also withdrawn from friends and family. It’s possible you might be avoiding them because you have grown tired of having to answer why you haven’t found a job yet.
You need to leave behind the mindset that you need to land a job by yourself and without any help. The truth is, no one achieves success on their own. You need to get in touch with those who care and would be more than willing to lend a helping hand.
- Do Some Research
A good way of getting some insight into how to grow your career is to do some reading. Check out the self-help sections in libraries and bookshops for career guidance literature. An example of a good book you could look for is ‘Odd Jobs: Portraits of Unusual Occupations’ which showcases unorthodox small businesses and interesting jobs.
- Take a Vocational Test
If you still don’t have any idea about what direction you want to take your career, you should invest in vocational testing. A lot of vocational tests are available online and can help you identify career values and employment options.
Some tests such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator need you to get in touch with a career counselor.
- See a Career Counselor
If you prefer direct assistance from an expert, find a recognized career counselor to guide you as you sort through your interests. The counselor has the right expertise to help you focus on your goals, write your resume, and ready yourself for interviews.
- Browse the Internet
There are a lot of websites that can help you with information on companies, find jobs, and also interact with professionals from who you can get career-related insight.
- Join a Trade Association or Workers Union
This is a great way of finding a wealth of information on a field you’re interested in. A lot of associations also have job portals. And don’t say you can’t afford to pay for a membership.
If you want to be successful, you need to break your back, or in this case, bank. In return, you’ll get a simple way that will help you get connected to people in your industry who share your ideas and values.