Entry-Level Career Search Basics

7 Jul


Navigating through the career search process can be challenging, whether you're seeking an entry-level or executive position.

Looking for an entry-level position in your area?  Not sure what first steps to take?  Whether an individual is just entering the workforce or is a seasoned professional, the process of managing an effective employment search can be daunting and overwhelming.  Here are the steps job seekers can follow, to ensure they uncover an opportunity that will benefit their career over the long haul.

1.  Set short and long term goals.

Entry-level jobs do not necessarily equal first jobs.  An individual who has not planned out their career may find they spend the majority of their life in what could be classified as “entry-level.”  Candidates should create a list of career goals they want to achieve in the next six months, at the one year mark, and by the end of five years.  For free help in career planning, click here.

2.  Follow the career plan.

Want to know the difference between a highly successful individual, and someone who goes to work everyday and never seems to move up the ladder?  The on-track professional effectively plans out their career, sets dates and deadlines to meet their objectives, and does whatever it takes to continue on their path.  Take initiative, create a plan, and follow that plan.

3.  Don’t spend more than 2 years performing the same job.

In order to effectively manage a career, it is necessary to continually learn more, and gain more responsibility.  When taking an entry-level job, plan on staying in that position no longer than 18 months to two years.  Talk to supervisors and managers about career objectives, and determine whether this company provides advancement opportunities.  When an employer does not offer an individual room for growth, it’s okay to move on.  Be strategic in each decision.

In order to move from entry-level, through the ranks of a particular field or industry, it is necessary for every job seeker to create a path they can follow, to ensure they accomplish their professional objectives.  Don’t let your career manage you – take the initiative, create a solid plan, and reap the rewards of following your chosen path.

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