Think about all the positions young people have spent years training and educating for. Engineers, teachers, doctors, and lawyers are all things we’ve wanted to be growing up, and as millennials we just cannot get hired.
In January 2015 the unemployment rate for 18-29 year olds was more than 14%. That’s 3% higher than the overall unemployment rate. Over 1.9 million millennials have said they have given up looking for work all together. One of the best things you can do to get hired, or get a higher paying job, is to network. It’s not just what you know, but who you know.
Check your social media connections for people with the kind of job you would like to have, and ask them for a few minutes of their time or go snag a coffee. Check Linkedin for things in common like mutual friends or see if you went to the same college or belong to similar associations. Make sure you always, always follow up. You need to stay on your contact’s mind so that if something comes up they think of you. Just make sure you don’t stalk.
When it comes to job openings you need to focus on a few applications at a time and make sure to follow up on those. Craft a custom cover letter along with your resume to help you stand out in the pile of applicants.
If you are looking to upgrade don’t neglect your current job or burn any bridges, but make sure you are always networking and building those relationships to get you where you want to be in your career. Instead of just looking for a great position, look for a great company you would want to work for and grow with.
Obviously make sure you know the answers to those no-brainer questions. We should all know our strengths and weaknesses by now.