Millennials have had to roll with the punches when it comes to getting their careers kick started or moving up the ladder. Here are some great rules that you can follow that will help you to achieve success in your career.
No matter your situation, you need to make sure you keep working. Make sure you are doing something, rather than sitting at home waiting for your dream job to land on your lap. Finding work whilst you are still working is the best way to make sure that you don’t end up with huge gaps in your c.v. You’ll also be getting yourself valuable experience along the way.
Don’t neglect your cover letter
Your c.v is important, but before most recruiters see your c.v, the read your cover letter, so it’s essential that you spend time to make it great. A cover letter is not just a rehash of your c.v, it’s about letting the recruiter know who you are, a snapshot of what you are looking for and why you’d be good at the job. Don’t make it too long and make sure you include details of how you can be contacted.
Regardless of what stage you at in your career, meeting other people for networking is going to be invaluable to you. Talk to friends and family members to let them know you are looking for work. Also check in with your university alumni network to see if they have any networking events coming up.
Dress the part
Got an interview coming up? Great, make sure you look the part for the job. Be professional and make sure you have dressed appropriately for the job. You don’t need to go and spend loads on a new suit, but a smart shirt and trousers, with clean and tidy shoes is going to make the right impression.
Job gap? Volunteer
If you are stuck between jobs don’t let the gap become a problem. Do some volunteering whilst you are trying to land paying work. Not only will you be contributing to a good cause, it will also look great on your c.v.
If you’ve had help from someone or recently met with a recruiter then make sure you follow-up with a thank you note. There is nothing wrong with checking up on your application after an interview. Leave it a few days then chase with a call.
Keep your skills alive and pick up some new ones along the way by continuing to learn. Read industry press, check related websites and attend free seminars where possible. It will make you more employable, plus you never know who you may meet in the process.