Once upon a time, people picked a company to work for and that’s where they stayed for the majority of their careers. Over the years, this has become more and more infrequent though. I have learned (the hard way) over the years, that loyalty to a company is not necessarily the best financial move.
I have had numerous jobs over the years but for the most part, talking about my career jobs, I tend to stay at companies for relatively long periods of time. Definitely not a job hopper. My last company I was at for almost 12 years and I suspect I will be at my current job for a bit. Of course, the Powerball, finally finishing and selling that best-selling novel, or a new mayor that wants their own hand-picked staff might change those plans, lol. If I had to do it over though, I would not be so hesitant to leave for better career opportunities.
I’ve enjoyed watching my sons start the career process as they’ve finished their college careers though. It’s an exciting time and I know a bit stressful at times. Here’s some advice I’ve given them over the years and used myself.
Check Your Social Media
Check your social media because I guarantee you that your potential employer will. Hopefully if you’re at an age that you’re looking for a job and a potential career position, you’re also at an age where you’re not posting profanity-laced tirades on social media or talking about how wasted you got over the weekend, etc. Also a good idea to keep your political rants to yourself.
Reach Out To Your Connections
Let people know you’re looking for a job. Every job I’ve ever had came as the result of knowing someone. The jobs that both my sons have right now came from knowing someone on the inside of their companies. Talk to your friends, your parents’ friends, your neighbors, your professors, etc.
Create a LinkedIn Profile
LinkedIn is a professional social network. It’s another great tool for connecting with other professionals. Make sure you have a professional looking profile picture. It’s a good way to highlight yourself to future/potential employers.
Keep Your Resume Updated
Keeping your resume’ updated is important. Even if you’re not actively looking for a new job, it’s good to take a few minutes to update your resume as you gain new experience in your current job. You never know when an opportunity might present itself and it will helpful if you don’t have to stress about recreating your resume’ from scratch in a hurry.
Research Companies You Are Interested In
Nearly every company has an online presence today. If you have a dream company then go to their website and learn as much as you can about them. If you know someone that’s already working there then talk to them about the company and culture. Do your homework. It will help you learn if the company might be a good fit for you. Learning about the company will also help you speak knowledgeably if you achieve that coveted interview down the road.
You’ve scored that interview. Be prepared. Dress the part. Arrive early. If it’s a virtual interview then make sure your technology is ready to go. Be confident, even if you have to fake it.
Any other tips you might want to share?