What is the one piece of #advice you have for young adults entering the job market?
Said another way: What #advice do you have for your younger self when it comes to your #jobsearch and #career?
Be open to learning, and ask questions. I once worked with 2 trainees at the same time. One of them thought they knew everything about the job and the other took the time to ask questions. The one who was open to learning got a raise after 1 month.
PATIENCE WITH EVERYTHING
Keep an open mind about job searching. Since you are new to the workforce, you'll want to get your foot in the door, namely, picking an entry level job, just to have a job listed on your resume. Make a point to stay with that employer for at least a year. Future employers don't want to see job hopping on your resume; i.e., being at any given employer for less than a year. It signals to them that you are always looking for another job. You might be looking for another job after you've been with your current employer but you don't want them to know that. Try to learn as much as you can at your position. When you feel ready to look for another employer, you'll want to be sure that you have achieved everything you can with your current employer and have all the skills necessary to be easily employable to other companies.
While you often have to take less desirable jobs early in your working life, never stop learning. Follow your passions and become an expert over time. The rest will follow.
Cut the drama, do more than others, do other people's work better, save and invest 20% of whatever you get, and you'll be a millionaire before 50., multi by 60 and then you'll spend all that money trying to stay alive when you get old and sick. Also get married and do not divorce, an extra income goes a long way and better security. Ohh you found someone better that gives you attention, that person will also get old, annoying, and fat, stay with what you have now, it's cheaper.
Learn AND grow from every experience (I did)
ALWAYS work your tail off (I did)
Give the employer an honest day's work-no excessive clock watching or break taking (learned this from my parents)
At the end of each day, ask yourself: "Did I show up today? Did I give 100% to my employer and go above his/her or even my own expectations? Did I under promise and over deliver?"
If you cannot answer yes (honestly) to each of these questions, determine why, and if you need to make a job change, do it.
A good positive attitude can go a
long way on a job it can catch the
attention of others especially those in leadership. Promotions has been gotten this way!
No matter how insignificant or menial a task or job may seem, always do your best at it. People do notice.
Stay true to who you are... empower your strengths and and work on your weaknesses. Time goes by so quickly and it is easy to learn new skills. Stay open and believe in yourself, all your answers will come from within.
don't just chase $- when I was 24 I got 2 job offers, one in the field I wanted to be in at a big company that I could grow in and one in a smaller shop that my job would be limited but the pay was a LOT higher. I took the lesser paying job and worked my way up. I love what I do (and make more than I could have if I stayed in the career that paid more at the start).