Take Control of Your Career. Now.

May 8, 2013

Career Advice

A floor of graduation capsWith graduation season upon us, it’s impossible not to cover this topic. (But, really, this applies to everyone at any level of their career.) We’re talking about job offers. We’re talking about career success. And we’re talking about how you can take control of it all.

At this point in the year, it’s not uncommon to meet a college senior with big hopes, great experience, and empty hands — that is, no job offer. While it is true that some markets are still tough to break into, it’s also true that many seniors aren’t doing everything they can to find career success. Here are a few questions to ask yourself.

1. Are you letting your major — or past positions — define you?
Choosing a major is a big life decision. But don’t let it restrict or limit your career options. If there’s a job out there that you have in mind or a job listing that you think you’re qualified for, apply for it. Even if your experience and background are unconventional, you may be the perfect fit for the position. Even the most jumbled experiences can be focused into a stellar resume.

2. Do you know all of your options?
Based on your skill set, are you aware of all the opportunities you can follow? There might be a career path out there that you didn’t even know you were qualified for. Brainstorm a list of all the obvious career choices, then find a career mentor that can give you some further advice and direction.

3. Are you putting yourself out there?
We’ve said it before — applying online isn’t enough. You never know who can lead you to the perfect job offer. If you market yourself (see here and here for advice) and network (see here for our top tips), anything is possible. Truly. Nothing will happen until you take those first steps. What are you waiting for?

Read more tips for recent grads.

Image by Raja Sambasivan.

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