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Check out my latest video where I talk about what is realistic to expect for from your dream job and what isn’t. When thinking about your dream job, don’t be like Pollyanna. It’s not going to be fabulous all the time. What is important is that the pros outweigh the cons in your chosen career path.
Here are 6 tools that can help you figure out what your dream job is, before you graduate:
1. Internships – Internships give you exposure to fields that you may be interested in, so that you can learn whether or not you like them. They also can help you develop networking connections in the real world, learn professionalism outside of school, and get work experience for your resume. You can learn something from any work situation that you are in. Even free internships give you these same benefits if you have to.
2. College career centers – College career centers provide free resources and advice. You should take advantage of as much as they have to offer including alumni networking and take their career assessment. This is a free resources so you should use it!
3. Career assessments – Career assessments can help point you in the right direction for you career. They help by giving you some ideas for careers while helping you understand your skill set at the same time. It’s not the end all be all,but a very useful tool.
4. Informational Interviews – Have informational interviews with people in fields that you think you may be interested in. Informational interviews is a good way to create networking connections and help you get your foot in the door. They’re also a great way to learn more about your industry, while practicing interview skills.
5. Classes – Take classes that interest you to expand your education for your career. You can audit some to see what if you like the experience. The only way you’ll figure it out is if you research different things that might be a fit.
6. Career coach – Career coaches can give you individualized attention for your career direction, in ways that a career center cannot. If you are really struggling with your career path, I highly recommend considering it. If you’d like to learn more about how a career coach can help you, contact us today for a complimentary consultation!
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Letters of recommendation are still important steps to the job search process. There is nothing like a third party recommendation to provide support or evidence for your work performance.
Here are three ways to prepare your recommendations:
On Paper – Having a letter to hold in your hand can really make a great impression. Keep a hard copy to have on hand for during or after an interview. We get so comfortable with social media and email these days that we easily forget the value of pen and paper.
Online – You want to have a copy that you can access and email quickly. Don’t just depend on your hard copy. Keep your recommendations on your computer just in case a digital copy is needed as well.
LinkedIn – Incorporate your recommendations onto your LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn makes it very easy for your connections to recommend you directly on your profile. Make sure your connections are aware of this feature. This is critical as employers and recruiters are using LinkedIn more and more these days to find employees.
Try having as many options to provide recommendations as possible. This could be a crucial step to landing your dream job. Make sure that your recommendations are appropriate and relevant to the job you are applying for. Also remember that having recommendations does not guarantee you will land the job. You can use them as a tool through the interview process but you, as an individual, are still in charge of making an impression that counts.
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Check out my latest video as I give you 4 things you need to consider to know the best work environment for you. Your work environment is a make or break in the search for your dream job! So don’t overlook this crucial step in your job search.
Check out my latest video as I share how my group coaching clients recently asked, if they aren’t able to jump into their dream job right away, does that mean it’s the wrong career path to take. You’re going to have to pay your dues to get your dream job. Just because you’re not landing into your dream job right away, does not mean it’s the wrong career path for you. That’s part of the process, and it’ll be well worth the wait.
I wanted to share this Pew report with you, Young, Underemployed and Optimistic. It has some great job stats for people of all ages. Here are a couple of points that I wanted to pull out and highlight…
Most of us believe that “young adults are having the toughest time of any age group in today’s economy—and a lopsided majority says it’s more difficult for today’s young adults than it was for their parents’ generation to pay for college, find a job, buy a home or save for the future.” I do believe this is accurate, and it doesn’t mean they have to give up on their dream job. It just means the plan may need to be adjusted. Or the path to get there looks different than it used to. More people are probably taking jobs they don’t really enjoy just because they need to be financially stable.
I honestly don’t think this is any different from the past. College grads in years past have done the same thing. They need to take care of themselves, so they take what they can get. The key is to realize that this job is a stepping stone towards something better long-term. You have to have a plan for transitioning out of it when it’s time to make the leap. It’s about making a plan in the first place, and then adjusting it as needed to the times and what’s required based on that, whether it’s your living situation or the economy.
There’s no point in living in the past and being frustrated that today can’t be different. Look at how things are now and how you can tackle those challenges. If you need to wait an extra year to get married to save money, or stay in that job you don’t like an extra 6 months, then that may be what you need to do. I stayed in my bridge job an extra 8 months beyond what I felt I could handle because I would be vested in my retirement if I did so.
Although it can be seen as disappointing that young adults have to adjust, we all have had to do this to a certain extent at one time or another in our lives. Just be smart about it and don’t give up on the ideal career for the long run.
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I was talking with my career coaching client Scott in New York when I was reminded of the concept of finding a bridge job. A job that will get you the experience or skills you need to land your dream job long term. Not many people can just walk right into their dream job. Most of us have to have something in between to get our foot in the odor, and that’s okay. It’s part of the process and something you need to consider in order to keep you moving forward.
When you’re looking at your long-term, career path goals, remember that 9 times out of 10 people need to have 1-2 jobs to help them get that long term position. The key is to plan, set goals and stay focused on the long term vision. Set a time frame for how long that bridge job will be so that you’re clear about how long it should take you, and when it’s time to move on. This will make you feel like you’re in control and will move you forward when it’s time to leave.
I needed a bridge job when I was starting my coaching practice. It took me 2 years in a part time position to help me pay my bills while I coached on the side. After that time, when my income from career coaching matched my income from the part time job, I was ready to fly the coop! You can too, just plan for it and stay focused.
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