Before you ask, this blog was not written by your parents, but a legitimate post-graduate.
The title is a fact. One day, you really will need to get a job. You go to college to prepare for the work force so it only makes sense that we do our part to prep you. Now, I don’t need to dive into the issues with economy or the job market because you should be well aware, but I want to share with you some tips and resources that are available to you here at Mississippi College.
We have this beautiful treasure of an office in Nelson Hall called “Career Services.” The services they can provide to you are resume reviews or help you get started creating a resume (wow them on paper to get the interview), networking advice (you gotta know people), and interview coaching (you gotta nail the interview to get the job), plus a plethora of other important stuff. Last year Career Services helped me to build a solid resume when I started applying for jobs. Career Services was created to aid you and help you land a good job.
This is the start of a new series of posts that will help you to put your best foot forward no matter what stage of the journey you are in. It doesn’t matter if you are still in high school or rounding the corner to graduation, you need to put job hunting/interviewing/application filling out skills in your future career arsenal.
Here is some advice on how to start preparing for the job search process from friend to the students and Career Services Director, Karen Lindsey-Lloyd.
- Discover your strengths. Take a personality test.
- Get involved with school organizations, church ministries, non profits, etc. Being involved builds teamwork experience and interpersonal skills.
- Gain further experience in the activities that you’re involved in by volunteering or running for a leadership position.
- Get an on campus job, an internship, or a part-time job
- Start going to the career services office and start building relationships. They can also help you out with social media, resume, and interviewing tips and trends to make you marketable.
- Have a solid resume and get some interview coaching.
- Start Networking. You can network with anyone- family friends, ministers, professors, etc.
- Reevaluate your strengths.
- Practice interpersonal skills by talking face to face with people instead of constantly texting.
- Continue to network. Ask professionals in your network or area if you can send them your resume.
- Creating a Linkedin account is not a bad idea.
- Always thank people who help you out. Whether is a thank-you note or a polite email, they will remember that; therefore, they remember you.
Wow, I realize that is a lot of information, but if you use that info as a road map or a guide, your journey will be smoother than it would be if you wait and until the last minute to get everything together.
You can do this!