Career Lab Virtual Campus Forté Foundation

In today’s competitive job market, getting a job can feel nearly impossible. But a dream career may be closer than you think. The first step is to figure out what kind of job would best fit your skills and your interests. Then, start networking with everyone, from your neighbors to your hairstylist. You’ll also need a resume that emphasizes your real-world experience. If you haven’t had an internship, get one; if you’re not a member of a professional organization, join one.

Every step of the way, show the business world what you can do for them. Employers want to know you can work independently, write well and fit into their culture (without the help of mom and dad). Express your passion in the interview, and save any salary, benefits or “work/life balance” questions for later discussions when they’re ready to make an offer. Focus on getting the job first, and the perks will follow!

For even more career advice, check out the blog from Lindsey Pollak, author of “Getting from College to Career”.