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5 Steps to Employment

June 5, 2010
  1. Evaluate yourself – This is the perfect time to take stock of your strengths, weaknesses, likes, and dislikes. Put money aside and just dream for a moment. If you could do anything every day, what would it be? Jot down ideas.
  2. Research, research, research – Use the Internet, library, magazines, newspapers, relatives, friends and acquaintances to learn about industries and jobs you are interested in. Find out where those jobs are, how much they pay, and what the job is like on a daily basis.
  3. Decide which job you want – Based on your self-evaluation and your research, target the job you want. Pick a specific position in a specific industry.
  4. Become the job – This is the tough part. Knowing what education, experience and qualities are preferred for your target job. Plan out how you will gain those vital qualifications. Do you need to go back to school? Get a degree? Do you need to intern? Maybe you need to work on your vocabulary or the way you dress.
  5. Start moving forward – Your target job may be months or years away, but it’s crucial that you start moving toward your goal today. If needed, enroll in classes. Check out books at the library. Stay abreast of industry news by reading the news and associated trade publications.  Apply for jobs where you can gain experience today, even if it pays less. Intern or volunteer if needed!
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