How to Start – or Change – Your Career on the Right Foot

How to Start – or Change – Your Career on the Right Foot
From Recruiter - October 7, 2017

In May and June, million of graduates threw their caps in the air, rejoicing at the completion of their college degrees. After four years of hitting the books, now its time to find a grind and get onit.

The good news is the job market has definitelyimproved since the crash of 2008. When the global financial earthquake hit, it certainly affected the job market, and companies had their pick of multiple candidates for every open position. Fast-forward almost 10 years later, and the tide has changed. It is truly a candidates market, where job hunters now entertain multiple offers and the advances ofrecruiters desperate to find top talent.

Although the economy is looking up for recent graduates, it is still important to develop a well-defined strategy as you approach the job market to ensure you land the right position.

Preparation Is Key

First, start off by researching the types of companies you are interested in. Identifyyour ideal companys top competitors. Visit the websites of potential employers to learn more about their functional departments, leadership team members, annual reports, board members, and business strategies. This preliminary research will not only help you confirm whether a company isright company for you, but it will also arm you with pertinent information that will prove useful during interviews down the line.

Get Networking

Internships and professional organizations are great avenues to help you expand your network and gain access to the hidden job market. Employers tend to interview and hire referrals from high-performing employees or candidates they meet through networking opportunities, so relationships are key. It is best to start developing relationships and building your network early in your career. As you grow in your career, be certain to grow your network, too.

You should also seek out a mentor who can offer solid guidanceas you make moves throughout your career. In choosing a mentor,look for someone who is in your dream job or a key industry leader in your field of choice. A mentor should be someone with whom you can be completely transparent and vulnerable, someone who will hold you accountable as you strive to achieve your goals.

In most cases, your mentor will not be employed at the same company as you. This is beneficial, because it will enable them toprovide an outsiders perspective on issues you may encounter in the workplace. Throughout your career, you may or may not change mentors, but you will know when your mentor has taken you as far asthey can. If and when that happens, be sure to keep your mentor in the loop. Update them on your successes and routinely acknowledge their role in your career growth.

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