Whether you’re just starting out or looking to start fresh with a new career, the open field of possibilities in front of you can be daunting. The job market is tough, there are more applicants than positions, and you don’t know how to stand out and make an impact. Don’t worry: you’ve got this. Here are some of our top tips for starting fresh.
Look the Part
There’s a lot to be said for just looking fresh, altogether. If you don’t have a good outfit for job hunting or interviews, get one. If you don’t have the money for such an outfit, borrow the money. It’s important that you look like a professional when you’re trying to be professional. Believe us: hiring managers love to see people who look well put-together and slick.
While you’re at it, we recommend getting a fresh new haircut and, for guys, a close shave or a new look for your beard. When you have a fresh look that helps boost your confidence, it bleeds over into how you interview. You’ve got what it takes, you just need to convince your interviewer of that.
Networking is everything. Don’t burn any bridge, don’t tick anyone off, and make all the friends you can stand. The more people you know, the better. If you’ve got a very large network of business acquaintances, you’ll be high on the list of people to call when jobs open up.
Keep your LinkedIn profile up to date and professional. It’s a huge part of your business identity. IF you’re even remotely interested in staying competitive in today’s fast-paced job market, you have to have a solid LinkedIn presence.
If you’re having serious trouble getting started with a career, you can see a career counselor. These are professionals who help you to forge a path towards a full-fledged career. These professionals help you to sort through your interests and goals and help you select a path and approach that will work for you.
Career counselors are somewhat similar to guidance counselors you’d see in high schools, though applied to a business setting instead of a scholastic one. If you’re feeling stuck and need some individual attention, a career counselor can help.