Right now, with unemployment still high, people are looking for easy answers when it comes to looking for a job. Laura Tirello, our resident Career Coach, has put together her top three tips for job hunting.
Focus on Your Strengths and Your Mission: Make a list of what you do best and compare responsibilities of your perfect job to this list. Do they compliment one another? Also ask yourself if this career reflects your overall career mission.
Leave Your Comfort Zone: Be open and willingly to explore things outside of your comfort zone. When we challenge ourselves, we can often find a hidden ability that we never knew existed. This hidden ability may propel you into positions where you excel.
Network: Talk to as many people as possible in the fields you are considering. Making personal contacts is important when looking for a job. Not only will the employer find out more about you, but you will be able to see if the company is a good fit for your career aspirations.
Enter the Young Money Career Contest.
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What’s in a Young Money career package:
One free hour-long session with certified Career Coach, Laura Tirello
One free copy of Financial Planning for Your First Job
One year free of PayOff Live
One free analysis of your resume*
The Young Money Career Contest will run from February 1, 2010 to May 1, 2010. Each month we will choose one new winner. Each winner will be profiled on YoungMoney.com and receive a Young Money Career Package.
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Laura Tirello, Certified Career Coach and owner of Core Life Design, focuses on helping professionals and business owners learn how to use their unique working style to become more productive and creative in their career. She specializes in teaching “idea” people how to eliminate overwhelm, clear the clutter from their minds, and get comfortable with the ideas that work for who they are and where they want to go. The phone session is followed up by an e-mail that summarizes the key points covered and any action plan elements that were created during the session.
Financial Planning for Your First Job
Matt Brandeburg is a Certified Financial Planner and President of Bridgeway Financial Group, LLC, based in Columbus, Ohio. His book, Financial Planning for Your First Job is an in-depth look into the lives of first-time employees and the financial decisions they face every day. Trying to decide between paying off student loans and saving for retirement? Wondering whether you should buy or rent your first home? Having trouble building your first investment portfolio? This book answers all your questions and provides the tools you need to put your financial plan in motion. If you want the guidance of a financial planner but can’t afford the high price tag, this book is for you!
Pay Off Live is an online service that provides individuals with the personalized direction they need to accelerate the pay off time of their debts and mortgage. It can help you become debt free in less than half the time it would take you without PayOff Live. Since you won’t be paying high interest rates, you will save and gain thousands of dollars in the process. PayOff Live is $9.99 a month. The winner of this contest will receive a year free.
Your resume is your calling card. It is the first thing people see when you apply for a job. A good resume can be the difference between a call-back and a brush-off. Young Money staff members will review your resume and tell you what works and what doesn’t. You’ll benefit from the experience of a number of experts in a variety of fields. Do NOT send us your resume when you enter the contest. We will request the winner’s resume when we send him or her notification.
*Young Money does not guarantee that you will find a job.