Beginning of a New Career
Today is the first day of Spring! Spring is the time for students – and their parents – to think about summer jobs or internships and for teachers to look for summer jobs, too. (note: many summer job applications, especially for camp jobs, are due NOW, just a heads up!)
The idea of gaining new experience under the tutelage of a mentor is not just for kids, though. Adults can take on internships on their own or through advanced schooling to begin their careers anew.
Both students/new grads seeking first jobs and seasoned professionals wishing to make a career change can do so using similar approaches – practical experience and highlighting transferable skills.
A friend of mine recently started his entire career over, moving from a grueling 80+hour/week sales job to get into the medical field with no prior experience, or education beyond his diploma.
He used his connections, as anyone starting out should, and got an entry level job in a major hospital, and took a medical careers survey class at his local community college to get his foot in the door. First his direct supervisor and then a top dog at the hospital noticed him, and took him on as his protege.
My friend is 38, by the way.
–> How can you spring into action and help a young person get their first job – let him/her job shadow, provide a character reference, make a call to a friend who is hiring entry level positions?
–> How can YOU reinvent yourself anew this spring and dare to change careers by calling on your network for new opportunities? Start volunteering in the new field to gain experience and contacts?
Remember, your resume will need to be changed to highlight your most applicable experience and transferable skills into your new industry – let me help you with that! It can be tricky to do so effectively.
For example, for my friend changing from sales into working with patients in the medical field, we would highlight his people skills & relationship building which are key in both types of work, his ability to perform well under pressure, and to pay attention to detail with accuracy (what he once had to do with the finer points of a sales contract and product specifications he’ll now do with patient care chart instructions, medicine dosages, precision x-ray setting and taking, etc.)
Don’t let stories or even your own beliefs about “how bad the economy and job situation is out there” limit your job prospects & dreams, whether you’re new to the work world or the one who’s usually mentoring those who are.
That kid who’s never interviewed before is scared, too. But he’s determined because he wants gas money or an ipad or his own apartment.
I say, all of you, young or old(ish), experienced or not, GO FOR IT.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” -Goethe
The same advice above for a mid-career job changer about transferable skills holds true for students as well. Your leadership skills as a team captain or Glee Club President show that you are used to positions holding some responsibility and accountability, all great skills to have in the work world.
Showing demonstrated organizational and marketing skills when you put together your campus’ Blood Drive for the American Heart Association over 3 days with 100 student donors, and getting donations to thank them for participating highlight very marketable employment ready skills.
Many students have to learn to juggle the stress and responsibility of both a part time job and succeeding at their studies — the transferable skills here are hard work, time management, prioritizing tasks, etc.
See where I’m going with this? Let me help you (or your favorite student!) prepare a powerful first resume that sells the skills they might not know they have to offer & get hired sooner in a competitive market!