CRUISE CAREER COACH: WHAT’LL IT BE – AMATEUR OR PRO?

CRUISE CAREER COACH: WHAT’LL IT BE – AMATEUR OR PRO?

A Winning Approach to Entering the Workforce

In many ways, entering the job market is a lot like an amateur golfer who turns pro. The nature of the game radically changes when playing for money rather than just for fun of it. And standing over a simple five-foot putt, knowing the difference between third and fourth place is $100,000, is a lot different than standing over that putt as an amateur.

The same stakes apply when you enter the workforce. No more classes, no more mock interviews and no more internships. This is the real deal. And if you’re in it to win it, you’ll come across as the kind of professional employers want.

It’s all in the details.

Remember, you’re up against thousands of other applicants ready to land their dream job. So make sure you stand out — in a good way. Here are some ideas to help you reflect a more professional image. Because first impressions are everything.

Get your resume ready.

When opportunity knocks, be sure your resume is ready to send. Here are some tips to help you polish your resume until it shines.

Update your LinkedIn profile.

Use a professional headshot as your main image. It looks so much better than a cropped vacation shot or a homemade-looking selfie. Plus make sure your most recent resume is reflected in your profile.

Speaking of online networks, go through your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) and clean them up if need be. Do you really want potential employers to know what you were up to at last night’s party? Here are some easy ways to manage your online reputation.

Look the part.

Have your interview clothes ready. Invest in a suit with the right fit, appropriate shoes and professional bag or briefcase (and no backpacks!). Find out more about looking interview ready. And remember, looking the part is vital even for virtual interviews. Learn some techniques for acing a virtual interview.