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Four Career Tips From a Small Business Owner

Job hunting is exhausting, amiright? Resumes, cover letters, work samples, networking, interviewing. There are so many things to keep track of when you’re searching for employment, and sometimes you feel like no one hears you― no matter how many jobs you’ve applied for or the number of people you’ve reached out to. Since I graduated college, I can confidently say I’ve applied to well over 250 jobs.

After 7 years of working corporate jobs, I decided to take a leap of faith and start my own boutique communications and PR firm. This is something I never planned on doing, but I’m glad it worked out the way it did! I have learned so much over the years and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I am my own boss, I wear all the hats in the business, and I manage my own clients. 

With all my experiences, I wanted to share career tips I’ve learned over the years. I hope you can take these tips with you, use them, and learn from my mistakes― 

1. Get experience!

Trust me, I get it. Sometimes getting that first job offer can feel like mission impossible due to lack of experience in the work world and in job hunting. But have no fear, with a little persistence you can get some sort of experience under your belt in no time. If you’re still in college, a recent college graduate, or even a seasoned professional who wants to switch sectors, now is the perfect time to start. 

You can start by applying to internships in your area. Find a job posting that you think you would be a good fit for and apply! Remember, the worst that can happen is not getting the job and if this happens there are thousands more you can apply for. Don’t let rejection get in the way! 

Everyone, and I mean everyone, faces rejection on the job market. If the internship hunt isn’t going your way, no problem. Check out local volunteer opportunities in the field you’re interested in. All these jobs will help you gain communications and customer service skills!

2. Expand your skills with classes

The internet has a wealth of free — or at least affordable — resources and classes where you can start building hard skills and adding marketable assets to your resume. So get out there and start researching! If your focus is marketing (like me) look into taking a marketing class and obtaining a certification. These classes will be an amazing addition to your resume and a great topic to talk about in an interview! Expanding your skills through classes shows that you’re committed, responsible, and itching to learn more about your field. 

3. Network: it’s good to have friends

Networking can be tricky, especially if you don’t know anyone in your field of interest. That’s why it’s important to take that extra step (ahead of your competition) and develop a network with influential people in your field. 

That’s right, hop on LinkedIn and start researching people who could be your potential mentors or give you insight and advice on how to navigate your career. There is a lot of trial and error here, but making a genuine connection with someone can go a long way! 

4. Learn what type of employee you are

So what type of worker are you? Are you a quick responder, or do you spend more time thoughtfully planning? Do you work better in the morning, afternoon, or night? Everyone works on their own terms, and everyone has different methods for how they produce their best work. 

Knowing what type of employee you are can help out when you finally land the job and want to succeed. In a work environment, it’s important that everyone’s work habits fit together so there is no unnecessary tension or error. Do some self-reflection, take a personality quiz, or think about which jobs you’ve loved and hated in the past. 

I hope these four career tips help you in your job hunt. I know you’re going to kill it!

 

If you like this article, check out: https://www.harnessmagazine.com/no-work-is-less/

 

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by Paige Glidden

Paige is the female founder (+CEO!) of WHIP Communications, a boutique communications and PR firm for nonprofits and businesses. She loves sweatpants, desserts, and her beagle. Oh, and her husband, too!


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