I know a lot of us are wondering how we are going to find jobs in a poor economy when many people are struggling to keep their jobs. My dad gave me some good advice that I use to keep myself motivated. He said, ” you need to create a job for yourself, and prove that the company needs your skills.” Thanks dad 🙂
It is a difficult time to graduate and enter the job market. A lot of people are struggling to stay afloat. Ryan Anderson wrote a blog post recently on his blog, The New PR, about keeping your job as a junior employee. I really appreciated his advice, and think that he not only pointed out skills for junior employees to put to use but also skills for people searching for jobs to use and uphold to.
He suggested that we should be reliable. We are learning a lot of great skills in school and some of people in high management might not be so familiar with these skills (social media) or the tasks just might be monotonous. We can show we are reliable and can get these tasks done. If we are available and are willing to help out people will realize they need us, and our presence in the office may even make their job easier.
Add value. Pay attention to your projects. When you turn a project in, make sure it is error free and it is your absolute best work. As students, we should always do this with our school projects. These projects can be used in our portfolios in order to showcase our work and our attention to detail.
Figure it out on your own. Anderson noted that many things can be discovered through a quick Google search and it is not necessary to interrupt your boss to figure something out. I always make sure to ask tons of questions in class. I don’t want to make a mistake on a project just because I don’t fully understand the details of the assignment. This is something we can work on once we get hired. Make sure to get all the details and necessary information once you get the project.
Enjoy the grunt work. This is something we will be stuck with for a while. I have gotten used to it through my internships and I really don’t mind it. When you are handed an easy assignment that something else just doesn’t have the time to do you should do it to your best ability and make it near perfect. I’ve been given a few compliments on the perfect copy’s I make 🙂
I’d like to add that if you are looking for a job, increase your presence on-line. Create a blog, professionalize your Facebook, have a presence on Twitter, and read important influential blogs.
Take this tips to heart if you’d like, but I believe they can be very helpful for people who are looking for a job, and also for people that are in fear of loosing a job.