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“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer; it sings because it has a song.” – Maya Angelou
Regardless of what methods or secrets anyone claims to have uncovered for finding a job, the truth of the matter is it’s a dog eat dog world out there. There’s no secret, no magic trick behind finding that dream job of yours – it just takes a lot of hard work and a little creativity. Everyone’s story is different, so naturally everyone’s
So many times people stray into paying for career counseling, graduate degrees, professional certificates and go into even bigger
I majored in English and upon graduation encountered the same problems the rest of America’s college grads are facing. No jobs. At least, I thought there weren’t. After three months I was able to secure a job in my field doing what I loved. I currently work as an In-
The truth of the matter is simply going to college, graduating, and applying for a job will get you nowhere with majors like Architecture and English. So these steps are meant simply as guidelines for those of you who will undoubtedly struggle in the job market because of your chosen field of study. Remember to always think positively and believe in yourself. You worked 4 long years to become a professional in your field and that’s worth something.
10.) Start with family.
The number one person who cares the most about your well being and success is you. Second on that list are your loved ones. This could be your father, mother, brothers, cousins, uncles, spouse, or a very close friend. Make sure you have a good talk with all those who you consider family and ask them for advice. Swallow your pride and let them know you’re in a difficult situation and are on the job hunt. They’ll be glad help you in any way they can and will be able to offer you a different point of view. The important thing is to remember that you don’t have to do this alone.
9.) Let everyone know what you do and what you’re looking for.
Go beyond the scope of your family and close friends. Don’t discuss the detailed personal matters of your situation, but just make sure everyone in your social circles knows what you’re about and what you love. Tweet about how your favorite architecture firms or art galleries. Always share you goals and dreams. When someone asks you want you’ve been up to, share that you’re looking for job in your field. Keep it friendly and casual. This is basic networking.
8.) Visit your local library.
Seek professional career counseling and help. There are answers your friends and family just don’t have. But don’t make the mistake of paying for these services. Public libraries offer countless resources on career counseling and job hunting. There is dedicated professional staff that offer free advice and scheduled appointments to help you in any way they can. There service is usually far better than the university career counseling because they don’t deal with 2,000 students every day. In fact most people are unaware of these services. There are also hundreds of books on
7.) Learn the skills that complement your major.
As an internet writer, it was very important that I learned
6.) Know your city.
If you majored in history, do know all of your local museums? If you majored in political science, do you know all of your district’s representatives and congressmen? If you majored in art, do you know you city’s art district? Does it have an art district? You should ask yourself where are the most ideal places that you’d like job placement at, and start your search there. Don’t send an email. Show your face and introduce yourself. After the looking at the big businesses, go through the small ones. There are many places that are just starting out that don’t have websites up yet. Local acting theatres and independent research labs rarely list themselves broadly over the internet. Try getting off the computer and doing it the old fashioned way.
5.) Create a website.
There are plenty of free sites like WordPress and Blogger where you can create a free web site. In the digital age it’s important to have your own little space you can call home and invite others to visit. This shows that you’re keeping up with the modern times and actively working on marketing yourself. Add professional details about your skills, background and goals, but also make it personal and fun. If you are on a tight
4.) Use Social Media.
Join Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and various other blogs and social media sites to create a digital picture of yourself and your interests. Employers conduct digital background checks on their potential candidates. This is an excellent opportunity to show them how you’re actively involved and interested in your field of study. Keep it professional and clean, but also be you. You’re a nice guy deep inside I promise!
Volunteer your skills to family, friends and employers. Use what you have to offer and hone your job skills. It’s ok to mention any type of volunteering you do in
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2.) Make a portfolio.
Have samples of your work. If you’re a photographer, have a ton of your professional photos. If you’re a writer, have
Keep trying. Keep going. Don’t give up. It sounds like a Disney sports movie right? But it works. You’re not going to succeed by trying once. Keep applying to new positions at the firm you really see yourself at. Continue networking your passions to everyone your meet. Stay up to date on developments in your field and stay on the lookout for new companies coming to town. Consider looking outside of your town. Keep update your portfolio and
Vincent H. Clarke works as a copywriter with usbmemorydirect.com, a company that produces custom promotional USB drives. He graduated from the University of Hawaii with a Bachelors degree in English.
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Good luck in your search.