Last week I participated in a Google hangout with some fabulous ladies. We discussed tons of career topics, including how to get a raise, how to gain more responsibilities, and tips for interviewing.
Here’s a short recap of the interview! Thanks, Anna Taylor for coordinating.
1. If you’re unsure about your career path, take a personality assessment.
Time is definitely ticking for you to figure out what you want to pursue as a career when you begin college. Anna advised that if you’re not completely sure about what you want to do yet to see what your personality assessment tells you. I remember taking these little assessments in high school before starting college. They definitely help put things into perspective about yourself and your personality.
2. Use the skills you enjoy in your career.
There are a lot of components to journalism today that I love and I’m hoping that I get to use those components and skills when I start my career. I’ve learned over the past year that I enjoy working with online media more so than traditional print media and so that’s the direction I want my career to take. Take a moment to think about the skills that you really enjoy and see how that could play into your career.
3. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people.
Networking can play a big role in your job search and could possibly land you a job. Talk to people you know, knew years ago and people you don’t know and maintain those relationships. Anna shared with us Classy Career Girl’s 4×4 Networking Challenge and advised we use this as a way to kick-off some relationships. She also suggested making a list of people you would like to meet and to reach out to them. LinkedIn is a great tool for this.
Preparing for a Job Interview
Write down the answers to the 10 – 15 most common interview questions.
Talk about your results and accomplishments, not just what you have done.
Know that you may not be hired not because of how you may or may not fit into the work environment.
Best Advice for Frustrated Young Professionals
Frustrated due to low pay rate – Ask for a raise by making a presentation of your achievements to show why you deserve a raise.
Frustrated with the lack of responsibilities – Seek more opportunities by talking with your boss and volunteering more often.
Career Development Opportunities at Work
Take advantage of what your company offers: training, classes, conferences, etc.
Don’t be discouraged if not a lot of people go. Do what will help you improve.
Learn to say thank you for compliments instead of brushing off accomplishments.
Complement others and recognize their accomplishments, you will be complimented in return.