Are you a recent, or soon-to-be college grad who’s ready to settle into that first entry level job? Or maybe you’re thinking about making a mid-life career change and realize you need to go back to an entry level job and work your way up from there? Whether you’re just starting out or a middle-aged career changer, you probably need a little help getting started. If so, read these tips for finding an entry level job.
Job Search Tips for College Grads
If you’re a college student or alumni, regardless of when you graduated, the first step is to visit, call or email your institution’s Career Office. The staff will be eager to help you through every step of the job search process. You’ll need to set up an appointment with the office to get started.
Career Office Services
You’ll probably start with a self-assessment (figuring out the role your skills, values, and interests will play in your work related choices) and then you’ll be able to explore career options to decide what you want to do. You’ll also get help writing a resume and cover letter, and the staff will offer advice for finding your perfect job.
Your career office can also put you in touch with other alumni in your field who can help in a variety of ways, like informational interviews, job shadowing, and networking. Don’t overlook this service because building a network is essential for career success.
Most career offices will provide you with personal career counseling, job and internship listings, employment programs, career resources, and other services available for both students and alumni.
But what if you’re not affiliated with a college or university or they are far away from where you live now?
The best thing to do is check with your state’s Department of Labor to see what services they provide for job seekers or consider hiring a career coach or counselor to help.