You graduated college (kudos to you!), pushed through graduate school, resisted the urge to get that tattoo on your ankle or wrist because you are aware that a promising career in the future is possible.
You graduated college (kudos to you!), pushed through graduate school, resisted the urge to get that tattoo on your ankle or wrist because you are aware that a promising career in the future is possible. You’ve done all that is required by the books, and now you are gracefully unemployed. The media, generation X-ers, and baby boomers alike are not making it any easier by promulgating the rhetoric that millennials are lazy, entitled little pricks who are significantly lacking in work ethic. While the same may ring true for some of us (we all have that one friend from college or grad school who fits this description perfectly), we do not have to fall prey to self-fulfilling prophecies that will do us more harm than good. Au contraire, it is best to turn the tables around and make sure you acquire that job which you’ve worked hard for and deserve. Below are some strategies that will help you blow out the executives in the process of securing a keep-earning gig.
Social Media Fast
As you must be aware, privacy is a thing of the past. With the emergence and sustenance of social media what we had for lunch, that time we got drunk at a cousin’s wedding, our government names, and our social security numbers are fair game for any and everyone with an electronic device. While I clearly stand for social media, its obsession and ability to swallow our souls, when searching for gainful employment, it is best to take some time off from social media and our addiction to its appeal. Making your profile as private as the ends of the earth may not help much because there are always ways to get around firewalls. So, figure out which social media outlet contains the most potentially damaging information about you and stay off it for a while. If we can do that with actual people, surely the same can be done to a virtual online profile.
The Three C’s of LinkedIn: Create, Clean up and Connect
As with everything, there’s the good and the bad. Among social media platforms, this is the good. LinkedIn, my dear millennials, is your friend! Not only can you connect with old classmates like Facebook, you get to check (okay, spy) in on their career growth, which can motivate you to do better. Thoughts like “surely if that kid who slept through every single class is working at a fortune 500 company, I can too” breed competitive millennial spirit which will make you pursue your goals harder.
Be sure to increase your visibility among your peers, professional community, and prospective employers by commenting and posting relevant stories in groups and blogs. Apply to desired jobs, follow the company, email the recruiter, and stay on their radar. LinkedIn gives you all the tools to do all that. So, if you don’t have a LinkedIn profile yet, now is the time to create one. If you do have one, then clean it up to make sure your profile reflects the current enthusiastic you, goals a’glaring. Once you create or clean up, get to connecting. Then expect the results.
Nothing sells well like the perfect 30-second elevator pitch, practiced to perfection. Not only can your 30-second pick me up spill be used at networking events and on proverbial elevators, it can also serve as an introduction to an interview as well as a response to the much dreaded “tell me about yourself” question. How do you come about this perfect pitch? Read the job description to which you are applying, add a personal touch of your career story to create a personal edge and fine-tune that baby into a melodious tune that will be music to the employer’s ear. Add that with a touch of respect, confidence, and charisma, and you very well may snag an interview shortly.
Find A Niche and Master It
Whatever your career path may be, there is always room for growth in a specific field in your vocation. Your first job as a millennial, before you find your ideal job, is to find that niche with a high demand in your desired field of practice and own it. Attend seminars and sign up for newsletters or other papers and/or web publications that provide information about topics related to that field. Mix entertainment with knowledge by binge watching a TV show that has a theme securely or loosely based around it. Subscribe to blogs and ensure that you are gaining information from all corners of the interwebs. That way, you know your industry in and out and are current on all things related to it. Suddenly networking events and job interviews won’t seem so intimidating because you’re uber knowledgeable and ready to discuss the most recent updates and happenings in your field.
Be sure to support yourself with a tribe or clan of like-minded millennials who want you to win. Friends and ex-colleagues who inspire you to greatness should always be a phone call away. The similarities you share will create bedrock of understanding, which will propel you from inevitable and intermittent feelings of isolation and desolation because you know that there are people out there who are going through the same things as you. People are excellent resources for many things, including inspiration and motivation. Seek out those who understand the perils most unemployed millennials face and rise above from the throes of uncertainty to the bliss of future and the beautiful things it holds, especially for us millennials, where the sky is simply our starting point. ☺
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