Graduated? What’s next?

Crossroads_123rfWhat an exciting time in your career!  Newly graduated and just waiting for the world of work to open up and embrace you.

But what happens if you wait….  And wait….   And nothing comes along?

There’s a couple of things you can do straight away to ensure that you are ‘ready’ for when opportunities arise.

  1. Know what you want!  I meet lots of graduates with lots to offer but they haven’t really given much thought to their chosen career path.  Unless you are clear, you will end up chasing lots of loose threads and will probably end up in a role that is not suited to your skills and talents and undoubtedly will leave you feeling frustrated.
  2. Ensure your CV is top-notch.  If you’ve sent it out over a dozen times and have not secured one interview then the chances are that it needs a re-write or a complete overhaul.  Don’t keep sending it out and expecting a different result – it will not happen!
  3. Set time aside.  A job won’t just land in your lap so make time every single day to search and apply for work.  Don’t miss any opportunities!
  4. Focus.  Don’t ‘spray and pray’.  Have a plan and stick to it.  Follow the industry on Twitter, FB and other social media sites.  Network and access that hidden job market.  Get yourself seen on LinkedIn.

I meet lots of graduates who have had to take an ‘interim’ role to survive and guess what, 2-3 years later they are still in the same role, unhappy and unfulfilled and now have a chunk of experience on their CV which has taken them further away from what they wanted in the first place.

Don’t let that happen to you!  Get clear!  Get help if required and focus!

And if you need help, take advantage of self help modules, or by working with me on a 1-1 level to significantly increase your chances of landing that very special career that you truly deserve.