Tyler Wiechman writes about the challenges the Millennial Generation has overcome and the ones the Millennial Generation still faces.
One of the things I hear most from young adults and recent graduates in the work force is that they can't find a job. We've all been there and it sucks. We've discussed building your resume and reaching out to potential employers in previous posts, but one of the biggest obstacles is getting hung up on what you want to do as opposed to just building up experience.
Getting a job in your industry is hard. Getting a job in a specific sector of an industry in today's trying times is even more difficult, but not impossible. The last part of this post will be short but it focuses on one crucial thing: Don't throw away an opportunity.
After applying to a couple hundred jobs something will stick--but maybe its not perfect. I've had friends, colleagues, and classmates through away opportunities because they were holding out for something better. Don't make this mistake. An empty resume will get you nowhere.
Let's say you're an engineer with a chemical engineering degree and you don't land your dream job--yes you may be surprised to hear this, but its happening more and more frequently. So don't throw away the job offer in mechanical engineering if it comes along. You may enjoy it, but at the very least your resume has something on it. What if you're an English major that volunteering with nonprofits, worked as an editor, but has had very few long term employment opportunities. Don't throw away the technical writer position because you're afraid you may hate it. Try it out. Something else may come along, but never give up an opportunity without having another one waiting for you on your plate.
One last bit of advice that ties into the building your resume theme. Use your resources. Not only can you use linkedin and other social networking and career building websites, but google some local societies in your town/region that may help promote your skills or career search. Engineers/Doctors without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, Other Non-Profits, Rotary Clubs, et cetera. These are all great places to network if needed!!
Parents--Let your Children Make Mistakes--Handling Student Loans, College Applications, and Higher Education.