Advice for Young Professionals: I Already Have a Job, Now What?

by Crissanka Christadoss on May 30, 2011 · 0 comments

in Already Employed, Free Agency, How To: Job Search, How To: Networking, Social Media

Rachael Seda is a young communication, public relations and design professional in the process of developing her career and seeing where life will take her. She graduated from James Madison University with a dual major in Communication and Media Arts & Design and moved to the Washington DC area to embark on a career in the communication field. Article is taken from her website/blog, www.rachaelseda.com, originally posted on May 12, 2011.

Congratulations you’re past the initial find a job hurdle. The show The Office is now funnier than you ever remember it being (if that’s possible) and you have some “real world” experience under your belt. That’s all that matters, right? Ehh, I would beg to differ. Maybe that’s just because I was raised by a mother who not only decided to go to college when I was five years old while taking care of two kids, but she worked at the same time. Her determination and drive is something I have innately inherited. I always want to do better, to be better. Therefore, it’s not just about having a job, to me it’s important to continue to advance in your career, stand out (unlike the guy in this picture) and learn as much as you can.

In a recent episode of Inside PR that features hosts Gini Dietrich, Martin Waxman and Joe Thornley, a viewer asked what you can do to further your career. If you don’t already know, I LOVE Inside PR. As a young professional currently working in-house, I always learn something from the show and it never ceases to entertain. But I digress.

So what can you do to further your career? Here are five quick tips courtesy of Inside PR to help you do just that.

1. Be curious. This to me is important. If you’re not curious about what your doing then maybe you need to reevaluate your career choice.

2. Listen. I try to learn something new from everyone I meet. Each person has different experiences and perspectives that are invaluable. Plus, people can tell when you are really listening and can see that you care about what you’re doing.

3. Learn. This goes hand in hand with being curious and listening. Read blogs, books, attend workshops, take a class, learning doesn’t end with a college diploma.

4. Build Your Network. Once you have a job this doesn’t mean you should drop networking all together. Not only can you learn from different people but this is the best time to truly build relationships. You’re not looking for a job, there’s no pressure. When the day comes when you are ready to pursue something new you don’t have start from square one.

5. Use Social Media. Many friends and mentors I have started on Twitter. I can’t begin to explain how much I have learned from these relationships. Social media is a vital resource that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Use it to help inspire your curiosity, listen to what others are saying, learn from the endless talented people in the space and use it to build your network outside of your normal realm.

Disclaimer: If you want a job where your existence is politely ignored (refer to the picture above) then I am sorry to inform you that you just wasted your time reading this post.

Definitely listen to the full episode on Inside PR for more advice on advancing your career and if you haven’t already subscribed to the podcast, what are you waiting for?! I promise you won’t regret it. If you do regret it, well you can complain to them.

What other tips do you have for someone trying to make the next step up in his or her career?

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