Are you getting ready to graduate from college, are you a recent grad ready to settle into that first entry level job, or are you considering a mid-life career change? Do you need a little help in getting started?
If you are 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. This will include self-assessment (figuring out the role your skills, values and interests will play in your work related choices), exploring career options to decide what you want to do, writing a resume and cover letter, and then finding the perfect job.
Career Office Services
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. If you're not affiliated with a college or university check with your state's Department of Labor to see what services they provide for job seekers.
Starting a College Job Search
The next step is to get going on a job search. According to recent surveys conducted by NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) employers continue to predict an increase in both the number of job opportunities and the starting salaries for graduating seniors. Employers canvassed in the survey stated they will be seeking candidates from a variety of majors including liberal arts in additional to technology and business majors, which are at the top of the list.
For college students about to enter the workforce there are a variety of jobs sites dedicated to entry level jobs. Resources include jobs, resume posting, and job search and career advice.
Remember, too, that it is never too late to begin a new career. Many graduates will take a year or so off after college before looking for a "real" job. There are plenty of stay-at-home moms who wait to enter the workforce until their kids are grown. And don't forget mid-life career changers and retirees who start a second or third career in their later years!