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Whats the next step to getting a job? and getting your career started?

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Simeon’s Answer

Generally, outside of some entry level positions (but even including most of those), people get jobs because of who they know, not what they know. It's important to remember that you need to build bridges before you need them. If you find yourself in need of a bridge right now, it's already too late. One of the first things to remember with networking is that it's difficult to network above your employment level, meaning you'll have the easiest time networking with people who are just like you. Networking is more of a long-game thing. Once the friends you've made are doing better off, they are likely to turn around and help you find a position as well. Trying to network to managers and recruiters is not really different than a normal cold-call asking for job positions (meaning it's not super effective). Go to events if you can, but don't forget to reach out to the people that you already know. Try to build connections with people you have genuine chemistry and connection with if possible. It won't do you much good to go to a networking event and make generic small talk with people and then swap business cards. Think about how likely you would be to recommend someone like that for a job opening. How would you know you could recommend them at all? You need to find people you naturally connect with who will positively remember you and be excited to have you join their company some day.
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Howard’s Answer

Dear Emanuel,

The steps needed to procure a job include the following:

1. Search online or ask your counselor in school where you can find a job that specifically relates to what you want to do.
2. After you have found a job, you will need to apply to it by completing an employment application. When completing the application, make sure that your answers are correctly spelled and that you have answered all questions honestly and completely. You want to demonstrate to the prospective employer that you are professional and ethical.
3. Develop a resume that elicits your education, experience and skills. This will assist the employer in determining whether you are a good fit for their firm.
4. Ask 2 individuals with experience to write a reference letter for you, recommending you for the job and why.
5. Go to interviews to gain experience on the kinds of questions you will be asked.

Hope this helps and best wishes.

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Simeon’s Answer

Networking will be your most important way of finding a job. Reach out to people you know, both personally and from school. They will sometimes hear of job openings before they're ever posted to the job board. If these don't work, there are temp agencies that you can reach out to who can look for a job for you. They get a finders fee from the companies that hire you, I believe.
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Darlene’s Answer

Hi,
I would say an important step is making sure your resume is up to date. You want it to highlight any skills you have that will be essential for the type of job you are applying for. Make sure your resume is tailored to the position you are applying for. Also work on interviewing. If you are going to school check to see if they offer anything that will help with resume writing or interviewing. You can also search online for interviewing/resume tips or videos.

Good luck :^)
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Adam’s Answer

I think you definitely want to network with various individuals as mentioned by in another answer. Try leveraging folks from different industries and roles. It really depends on what you're looking to get into. Part it depends on what you went to school for or what you have knowledge and expertise is. Each situation and company are a little bit different and some are willing to take a chance on folks that don't necessarily have a degree or knowledge directly related to the role. It's more about being able to sell yourself in interviews and know how to apply the skills you learned like researching, note taking, discovery, etc and how you would use them to be effective in a role. You may end up taking a job and hating it or you may like it but until you get some experience in something you won't really know what's out there and what types of activities you enjoy doing vs not.

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