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“Don’t get down on yourself. The best thing people can do, in addition to applying more personally, is to do a bit of a listening tour when you are looking for a job, because the majority of people get their jobs through a human being and not through LinkedIn or Indeed.” – Allison Cheston
After taking advantage of an expensive education, many of today’s college grads find themselves ill-prepared to enter the job market. The majority of new and recent grads don’t know the building blocks of identifying a career path and finding a starter job. Our Finding Brave guest’s mission is to change this, and today she provides tactical steps and strategies that job seekers can use immediately to land ideal positions, regardless of what stage in their careers they may find themselves at.
Allison Cheston is a Career Advisor based in New York City, and she helps executives and young adults launch, develop and change their careers. With a background in marketing and executive search, Allison guides clients through a process of identifying their unique value and right career direction, works with them to develop their narrative and skill stories, and then helps them find the right job.
As Allison shares in this episode, the good news is that the job market is rapidly improving midway through 2021, with thousands of new jobs being added daily. She provides guidance on how to figure out what you want to do and find your way into a job you will enjoy, provide much-needed experience, and pay you a living wage. It may take some time, but by following these strategies you will find your way, and have a much greater chance to succeed.
Highlights from this Episode:
- How the younger generation isn’t being taught the necessary skills needed to successfully enter the workforce [4:49]
- The specific skill upgrades she recommends grads take advantage of [7:07]
- Why specializing too early may not be the best strategy for you [13:05]
- The reason that securing an internship is an essential step for college students, and the process Allison recommends using to get one [13:47]
- Her advice for what to say, and how to say it, when networking with leadership professionals [22:09]
- The critical steps that job seekers of all ages are skipping, and how this can be avoided [26:25]
- Allison’s thoughts on the recent college admissions scandal, and what parents need to keep in mind when their child is applying to college [36:49]
- What has her so excited about the current job market [40:35]
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“Everyone dives off a cliff when they graduate. They don’t know how to take what they’ve learned and apply it to the job market, and there are not a lot of great resources [available] to teach them.” [4:26]
“[With an internship], the idea is to bolster your chances of getting a job because you have this additional thing that you didn’t have when you graduated.” [7:31]
“Go to business school later on, after you figure out what you want to do, but a liberal arts education really can open your mind because you don’t know what you’re good at until you try it.” [12:42]
“If you don’t get an internship when you’re in college you are really behind. I cannot tell you how many people don’t do that.” [13:51]
“The more you experiment, the better off you are, because careers are long and our children are going to have many, many careers. They’re not just going to stay with one thing.” [21:31]
“If you decide you’re fully invested in getting out [of your current job], think about what you can do to kind of prime the pump while you still have the job.” [34:10]
“I think that every job can be made into something that is positive, but it does take patience, creativity, forward thinking and commitment.” [34:24]
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