Depending on what kind of job you’re looking for, you will need to make yourself familiar with that work environment. If you want to be a lawyer, try looking for volunteer opportunities, internships, or even joining clubs at your campus like student government. If you want to join the PR team, make sure to put yourself out there, become an event planner for a club at your school, make sure you’re networking and start building an online presence, start simple with an Instagram account showcasing all the event and people you bring together, or start a blog and feature your connections! No matter what your dream job is, you can start building basic skills like customer support, communications skills, organization, computing languages, or getting familiar but even better an expert with the programs you know your future employers will ask for. A few simple examples are photoshop, excel or R programming. Start somewhere is a beginning!
Yes! Did you really think you were going to land the opportunity of your dreams eating Hot Cheetos and planning out the perfect work wardrobe? The answer is no. However, we hear this a lot and find ourselves questioning what that means. I think over the few years of personal experience and listening to endless amount of TedTalks, I have narrowed it down to being your best self at your current job.
Become an asset for the current company you’re working or interning at and if you are not doing either than become your professor’s best friend! These are the people who will set you up for success in your future dream jobs! More than often if not always, your dream employers will ask for references and you need to know the right people who can write you one!
Be a Decent Human Being
This is probably applies to everything in your life but it is especially important in the work environment. As they say, we can never escape our pasts. Treat everyone you meet and work with with respect, kindness but especially importance. People like feeling important so, it is more than likely they will remember you more if you made them feel special. This doesn’t mean kissing someone’s ass or passing fake compliments (because trust me, they can tell) but just being present, mind and body, and giving them your full attention. These simple things can get you really far in your career because you never know the person interviewing you in a hour is the same person taking too long to order at the coffee shop in front of you (this actually happened to a colleague of mine).
Also, a gentle reminder, make your online presence is as presentable as your resume, believe me when I say majority of HR managers and employers will look you up online
Always be prepared and optimistic to meet your perfect match! Make sure you look presentable! I am not saying we aren’t allowed days to be in our PJ’s all day long! But dress to impress the first few days of your class, and look groomed! First impressions are everlasting. Don’t go to career fairs wearing a hoodie. Trust me, you can still be yourself and dress professional, if you are not a black suit and pants kind of gal than opt of a suit in your favorite color! It is all about the cut of the fabric, keep it simple and sleek!
Always be prepared to tell people what your dream job and why you want to this job! Most people get hired because of connection, so you may not know someone who works at a marketing firm, but your roommate or classmates might do! And if you treat them with respect and make them feel like important like I suggested, trust me, they will help you out.
In the end, it is important to know why you want this job so much, learning all about it, and getting closer to the people who are already working in the field by networking. Keep in mind to make others feel special and please don’t be fake because people aren’t naive, they can tell when you’re only saying or doing things because you want something from them. Be more human, build connections naturally! Keep in mind, you may need to keep applying for this job, don’t give up! Instead learn what you can improve on and return a stronger candidate!
With that, I wish you all Good Luck and getting that dream job this year!