Job Tips For the Class of 2020

Congratulations to the class of 2020! What a year you all have experienced. As you head into the summer and the start of your career pursuits, here are some tips to keep you motivated and headed toward your workplace goals.

  1. Focus on learning. Forbes encourages the class of 2020 to have a learning-centered approach when it comes to accepting jobs. Instead of merely looking at the salary, consider the marketable skills a job offers. As the market is ever-changing, especially in these times, Forbes highlights the likelihood of grads switching between different jobs in their careers. By focusing on learning in whatever job you have, you’ll be setting yourself up for success as you gain the skills needed for new jobs and experiences.
  2. Search for jobs like it’s your job…because it is. According to FastCompany’s discussion with Tipograph, it is important to tackle your job search with persistence, accountability, and motivation. Treat the job search like an actual job, according to Tipograph. Thankfully, Tipograph’s firm has a free job search plan with different steps to take as you begin your job search. Plans are helpful tools to keep you motivated and on track. Look at the plan, and begin job searching today!
  3. Take advantage of any opportunities available. Refinery29 gathers advice for 2020 grads from millennials who had to begin their careers during the Great Recession. One millennial encourages new grads to take advantage of current opportunities. Even if they are not part of your long-term goals, they may teach you useful skills that your long-term goals need. This millennial also encourages 2020 grads to listen to the advice of trusted individuals such as supervisors and peers. Opportunities to learn from others will provide grads with wisdom, direction, and encouragement. By listening to others and reaching out to take the opportunities you’ve been given, you will be learning, growing, and making connections. With determination and hard work, who knows where these opportunities will eventually lead!
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. It can be tempting to try to pretend that you have all the answers, but choose instead to ask for help. By asking specifically and responsibly, you will help others to see you as knowledgeable and teachable. Research what you can first, and then seek the advice and help of others as you learn more about your dream career and search for jobs and opportunities.
  5. Utilize social platforms for your benefit. LinkedIn’s newsletter GetHired highlights the importance of using social media as a tool to boost your career. The newsletter includes several helpful links, so definitely check out the newsletter and subscribe to it if you’d like to receive helpful tips. Carefully monitor what you allow on your social media, since the companies you’ll be interviewing with will likely take a look at your social platforms. Additionally, use social networks to make lasting connections with others in your field. This type of networking and these connections are helpful not only for the present, but also for your future as you continue to explore new fields and opportunities.

Be patient with yourself and allow yourself to be adventurous and attempt new things as you head into this new season of life. This is an exciting time, so see what new and interesting opportunities are around you, and start from there. By implementing these five tips, you will set yourself up for success–both personally and professionally.

By Carissa Joy Burns

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