Kick-starting your career is no easy task, especially if you’re a recent graduate or you feel like you’re competing against people who are more qualified and experienced than you are.
But there are ways to grow your skills and show off the ones you have with a little creativity. And, more than that, your efforts will demonstrate that you’re a hard worker with a lot of initiative.
You just need to boost your prospects to gain that job-seeking edge.
Here are four actions you can take to kick start your career and make 2019 your best year yet.
Do an Internship
An unpaid internship isn’t ideal for everyone, but it can provide the work experience you need to get your foot in the door. And some internships do pay! So, they’re worth exploring.
Most employers feel that relevant work experience is more important than your degree. Interning—either for free or for compensation—shows that you’re genuinely interested in the industry and that you’re willing to learn what it takes to be successful. You’re determined and dedicated, willing to do anything to gain that valued experience.
Sign Up to Volunteer
Like interning, volunteering isn’t for everyone, but it can be instrumental in advancing your career.
Most employers say they love to see it on a resume because it shows a lot of character, a selfless commitment to serve others, and an interest in gaining new perspective on the world. Even if you can’t commit to something as all-encompassing as Peace Corps or Teach for America, it’s a great way to network and get to know people you wouldn’t have otherwise met. And no matter how you do it, you’re still developing those soft skills, like communication, confidence, organization, time management, and of course, empathy.
Build Up Your Online Portfolio
Don’t underestimate the value of your online presence!
If you’re pursuing a career that depends on communication, creativity, or personality—like marketing—then you can use a blog or a website to show off yourself and your accomplishments. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and clean up all your social media posts and profiles.
Turn yourself into a brand!
Write posts and comments that are relevant to your industry or comment on articles that concern your field.
Grow Your Network
There’s still a lot of value in face-to-face meetings and introductions but, fortunately, a lot of networking can also be done online.
Through company websites, social media, and LinkedIn, you can research the people you need to get to know for the job of your dreams. Make sure you show up on their radar! You can re-tweet and like their comments on Twitter and Facebook. That way, when your resume shows up on their desk, they already know your name.
Looking to Expand Your Career in 2019?
If you’re looking for a new job in 2019, partner with the experts at PrideStaff Denver Northwest.
Experts in employment and the Denver area, our team of skilled staffing consultants are knowledgeable on the local market and how to take your career to the next level.
If you’re looking for your next job opportunity, contact our team today!