Most of my clients search for jobs for months before seeking me out, and they know just how tough and disheartening the whole process can be. It’s long, it’s tiring, and sometimes it makes you feel as if you’re not good enough, or that there’s something wrong with you.
Luckily, they have moved on to some fantastic positions at top companies. I recently reconnected with some of them and asked if they have advice for other young professionals in similar situations, and boy did they deliver! Their insightful comments inspired me to create this post so that other young professionals can learn from their experiences.
Enjoy this exclusive advice from experienced job seekers!
1) “Start early. Don’t wait until the end of your program (graduation) to start looking for a job, because if you do you should count on being unemployed for at least 6 months.”
2) “Hire a professional. The beginning of your career is such a critical time, and if you’re ever going to hire a professional, this is the time to do it. It’s a great way to find a job in as short a time as possible. Don’t hire one at the end of your program (graduation), be proactive and hire one early because it will take time for them to understand what you want so that they can help you perfect your message.”
3) “Don’t give up! Keep applying to all the positions you can. Even if you don’t get the dream position it’s probably because there are better opportunities elsewhere. Just keep looking and don’t let rejections get you down.”
– Fabio, new to Canada was hired by TELUS the day he finished his MBA
4) “Be Patient. People just expect that if you have this degree or that experience, doors will open up for you. That doesn’t happen. You have to approach the job search as a step-by-step process that could last 6 months or take longer than 18 months. Don’t rush into an opportunity that doesn’t fit your personality or won’t help you get to where you want to be in the future.”
– Chike, found 15 new opportunities at American companies after the coaching program
5) “It’s okay to not like your first job. As long as it is taking you somewhere that you would like to go, you’re set. Building a career requires getting a foot in the door. There is not one direct route to where you want to get to. Any two people can land up in the same position in very different ways.”
– Sai, sourced and hired into a top research firm after 2 sessions with Diana
6) “Know what your strengths are. Find a role that fits them, preferably one where you’re utilizing them on a regular basis. This is what will make you successful. If you settle during your job search just for the sake of getting a job, you’re not going to be happy in the long run because you won’t have room to grow and apply your talents.”
– Denis, received two job offers at the same time after the coaching program
7) “When you’re trying to figure out what you want, look back to what you did for fun before you started working. When I was a kid, I loved biking, hiking, climbing and outdoorsy activities. I didn’t know that this could be translated into a career that I could be passionate about, but it’s easier than I thought it was!”
8) “Don’t think that a sector or industry change is permanent. You are constantly evolving and changing. Your career and personal development are both continuous journeys, so just know that you don’t have to be stuck on a career-path simply because you don’t think you have it in you to make the change.”
– Vivian, recruited into a non-profit organization after changing industries
Want to learn more? Check out some of my past clients’ success stories! They are filled with great advice from journeys and struggles that we can all relate to. I hope that they inspire you to take the next step in your career or job search!
Have you ever been through a job search? What was your greatest struggle?What advice do you have for other young professionals? Let me know in the comments section!