You are 24. You graduated a few years ago. You still don’t have your dream job. Ugh. You feel stuck. You need help. You need guidance. I get it. You aren’t alone.
Sometimes we can see the dream, we even know where the dream is located -- we just can’t seem to get from where we are to where we want to be. Let me provide some basic points for guidance.
1. Make a List Of Your Accomplishments. You feel like you have no experience, but you probably do. Think about it. Take out the latest version of your resume and scan it for a minute. I know you have some great stuff on there. Maybe you traveled, studied abroad, volunteered, interned, worked at a part-time job, were involved with extracurriculars -- I know you did something! Make a list of all of these accomplishments and highlight your top 3.
2. Use Your List to Sell Yourself. You don’t feel like you can sell yourself because you are 24 and don’t have your dream job. Let’s change around that way of thinking. Look back at that list you just created. Look at all of those accomplishments! Focus on what you do have going for you rather than what you don’t. Next time you think you can’t sell yourself, THOSE are the points you will talk about TO sell yourself.
3. Abbreviate Your List. Okay, so you made this huge list of accomplishments that you can use to sell yourself and you highlighted the top 3. Look at those top 3 accomplishments and put them into one long sentence. Practice that sentence over and over again. That is the sentence that you will use to sell yourself -- at a networking event or at a job interview.
4. Don’t Put All of Your Eggs in One Basket. We all have that one dream company -- the one that gives us goosebumps. We might work for that company one day...and we might work for a different, similar company. Make a list of at least 5 other companies that are similar to your dream company. They don’t need to be exact, but some of the companies' functionality might be the same. These are now your dream companies. Remember, your dream job usually isn’t your first job. Your first job should put you in a position to one day land your dream job -- it should act as a stepping stone. It doesn’t need to be the be-all and end-all.
5. Stay Connected and On Top of Your Job Search. If you want to get a job, you need to proactively look for a job. Every day, your job is to find a job. Every day, you should have a list of job websites you visit, LinkedIn Groups you check, and Twitter/Facebook accounts you follow. You need to stay on top of your search so that the second a job you want comes around, you are ready to apply.