As the cost of a college degree soars, you might need a “Plan B” to find a good job. Your options depend on how much experience you gain and how hard you’re willing to work.
You will need:
-An employment counselor
- A targeted resume
- Interviewing skills
- Personal contacts
- An apprenticeship certification
- Networking skills (optional)
Step 1: Find an employment counselor. Determine your goals and learn about the market. Tip: Be willing to start at the bottom.
Step 2: Research professions. Research job openings and focus on advertised requirements. Create a resume listing your accomplishments and qualities that match what employers want. Tip: If you have no real work experience, create a “skills” only resume.
Step 3: Request informational interviews. Request informational interviews to get known and learn what is expected to be successful in their field. Ask your friends for contacts they might have. Tip: Networking is a great way to get a job.
Step 4: Apprentice yourself. Apprentice yourself to a tradesman, working for low wages or for free to learn skills in a field, and earn the trust that leads to referrals when opportunity knocks. Tip: Attitude is critical. Have a strong work ethic.
Step 5: Work your way up. Choose industries that will allow you to work your way into management, manufacturing, sales, construction, veteranarian, health and transportation. Tip: Health and Transportation are two of the leading job areas for the future.
Step 6: Get certified. Take certification courses to be licensed in a field where you can later rise into management based on work performance and experience. Tip: In many cases, you can work while you get your certification.