Finding a job that's right for you can take some time and effort. If it is your first time looking for a job, or if you are looking to change jobs you may want to examine your goals and skills. The job search will require you to make many decisions about what kind of work you want to do, what you are able to do and what kind of education or training you need for that new job, what kind of work benefits you are looking for, and what kind of work is available.
Preparation is key
Before submitting a job application, it would help to learn in detail about each employer’s operational structure, performance expectations, staff retention rates and history. If you are unable to locate all the information about the employer, don’t give up. Most information is not online, sometimes you just need to pick up the phone and call. Know that, once you click that submit button to apply, you are confirming that you are job ready. If you’re applying to a number of jobs at the same time, be sure to do all of your research well in advance of applying.
Gain experience to develop a skillset
Becoming prepared to enter the world of work is a process, and nothing promotes that process more than gaining real work experiences. Sadly, many people lack opportunities for work experiences. While employers understand that many people lack technical skills, training or previous work experience, they do expect you to have a particular skillset that you don’t need technical training for. These “soft skills” include being able to solve problems, communicate effectively with others and assume personal responsibility for learning and attendance.
List of skills you should have
- Communication Skills: read with understanding; convey Ideas in writing speak so others can understand; listen actively; and observe critically.
- Interpersonal Skills: guide others; resolve conflict and negotiate; advocate and influence; and cooperate with others.
- Decision Making Skills: use math to solve problems and communicate; solve problems and make decisions; and plan.
- Lifelong Learning Skills: take responsibility for learning; reflect and evaluate; learn through research; and use information and communications technology.
There is nothing wrong with making a career change if you are willing and able to develop the skills and knowledge to help you move into the career you want. But it may take time, so have patience. Also, be aware of personal challenges that can hinder your ability to secure and sustain meaningful employment. Having the skills to effectively manage those challenges is what will help you find the job you love.
About this Author:
De’Voe Sherman is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and a graduate of Woodward High School. He is currently studying Political Science & Liberal Arts at the University of Cincinnati. He will be a senior in college this upcoming fall. He has lived in Cincinnati his whole life and after graduating wants to work with the City to construct a plan for city growth and harmony.