Applying for your first job out of high school or college can be challenging even if it is an entry level job. You want to make sure that your resume appears professional and that can be hard when your previous experience may not be related to the career you wish to pursue. Here are a few tips that will help you make the most of your current experience and put your best foot forward.
- Identify a mentor to gain insight to real life experiences and steps will need to take to move forward in your chosen profession. They can guide you on which entry level job might be the best option for you.
- Join a professional organization within your chosen career field. This can also be a great step toward identifying a mentor. It can also provide some training that will be invaluable when you step into your first entry level job.
- Request and be open to feedback. Even if you are rejected, you can still learn from that experience.
- Stay positive and focused on your goal. You may have to find a job to pay the bills. Stay focused on where you are going and spend the time to ensure you are constantly working toward getting into your chosen career.
- Make sure your application materials put your best foot forward. It is important to highlight what you have achieved in the best light possible with the utmost professionalism.
Don’t get frustrated or give up on achieving your professional goals. Figure out what entry level job you are pursuing and what steps you need to take to get there. Remember how many times Michael Jordan failed to be as successful as he was in his NBA career. The same can be said for the job search. Don’t be frustrated by rejection, learn from it.
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