Making career decisions is difficult. Being an adult is difficult. If you want nice things, you need to be prepared to work for them. This doesn’t need to be a scary process. Here are 5 tips to get you started:
1. Sort out your CV
Your first step is to make sure that your CV is up to date. This may sound like an obvious step, but often we can procrastinate and leaving this to the last minute before applying for a job is not the best idea. Also make sure it is grammatically correct. SO important. Get someone else to read it over for you.
2. Apply for everything that interests you
When looking for jobs, apply for absolutely everything that you feel is in your realm of skills and interests. Putting your CV out to as many places as possible allows you more opportunities. Also, the more interview experience that you get, the better. Try not to put too much hope into one specific job or to take the rejections personally. You don’t have control over some of the reasons they may not have hired you. For example, your skill set may be too similar to those already employed in that company.
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3. Know your strengths and weaknesses
Knowing your strengths is good. Knowing your weaknesses is even better. Once you’re aware of areas you need to develop, you can make an effort to make the necessary changes.
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4. Be confident
Know your abilities and be proud of them. Even if you can’t list experience or studies, your energy and eagerness will be your assets. There are plenty success stories of people who worked their way up the ladder due to confidence and not losing faith in who they were and what they could achieve.
5. Always give your everything
When you find that job, remember to give it your absolute everything. Push yourself to the limit and then go further. Nothing comes easy in the working world. Try dip your expertise into any and every area possible as this will help you learn new skills and perhaps open up completely new opportunities that you never dreamed of. Remember to ask as many questions as possible and always show your drive.