The messages of unemployment and layoffs seem to surround us everywhere. Sometimes it can seem hopeless for those who are looking for a job or those who are working to keep the current job they have.
At Globe University-Minneapolis, we take pride in our motto, “We Care.” We care about equipping students with the tools they need to thrive even in the toughest economy. The director of career services for the Minneapolis campus, Elaine Vandenburgh, has 4 things that all of us can do to boost our career:
- Network – We have all heard the saying, “It’s not what you know but who you know.” Of course the educational degree is always needed as well, but the key is to network. Attend community meetings or lunches with people in your career field – the more people you know the more you will learn about open positions.
- Consider Freelance Work – This is a fantastic opportunity to earn some extra income and also show off your talent to various companies. Many companies are struggling to hire full-time employees, which require paying benefits, matching 401K contributions, and so on. Offer up your talent as a freelancer – it is a win-win for the company and you. In turn, the company might like your work and hire you full time.
- Mentor – Either be a mentor or find a mentor in your line of work. This is a fantastic opportunity to connect with someone through a weekly coffee or lunch that can help as a powerful resource. Again, we are back to “who you know” and you are more likely to receive work or hired by having a trusted referral.
- Be Trustworthy – If you really want to boost your career, make sure that people can trust you. We have heard the saying, “It takes years to build a good reputation and seconds to ruin it.” Stick to your word, do not gossip, and respect everyone.
Finally, if you are a student looking for career opportunities or if you are a company who is seeking quality talent, we invite you to join Career Connect. Career Connect is a platform that connects students and employers.
If you are interested in studying on a campus with great education and join a team that really cares about you – give us a call at 1.877.303.6060.
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