The way to be a job hunter is to admit you want to work.
And if you want jobs, you have to be honest with yourself about your intentions.
The first step to making that decision is admitting that you’re interested in work.
It may seem obvious to others that you want a job, but it’s often the case that your friends and family aren’t exactly convinced that you’ve ever considered the option of becoming a full-time professional.
And for the sake of your career, you may not want to be caught in the trap of being a self-fulfilling prophecy.
So here are five ways to say, “I do want to have a career.”
“I don’t want a career” and not “I have no idea how to pursue a career,” says Daniela Krasner, cofounder of The CareerLab, a career-focused, online tool for job seekers.
“You don’t have to have any kind of career in order to be open to becoming a career, and that’s one of the best things about it.”
Krasners’ advice comes from an experience she has had in the workplace.
In her 20 years in the professional services industry, she says she has heard countless stories of people trying to make it in the field with no formal education, no prior experience, and few, if any, job skills.
But one thing she learned is that people who say they don’t know how to work in the industry don’t really have any.
“The problem is that many of the jobs people in the profession have, it’s not a job that’s suited for them,” Krasns says.
“It’s not an industry that they have a strong track record in.
It’s an occupation that’s not conducive to the person’s interests.”
So the next time someone asks you about how you think about pursuing a career and you tell them you’ve been thinking about it for years, she suggests you tell the story of someone who did it successfully in their first job and didn’t get hired back.
“If they’ve been able to move past that experience, then that means you’re a person who’s actually capable of doing the work,” Kvasner says.
“There’s a big gap between the job market and the skills needed to be successful” is a common response to the fact that people don’t always want to get into a profession they have no interest in.
In some professions, it can be difficult to find someone who can help you get the job you want.
“In order to get the right person, you’re going to need to look beyond the job description,” says Krasnens, “because it’s going to be difficult for you to get to the level that someone can provide a high-level of expertise and be a valuable asset to your career.”
For example, when people see that a career in law enforcement is not the career for them, they might say, well, I don’t like the law, but if I were hired into a high level position in law, I would have an opportunity to learn more about the profession, to learn how to get more people to work, and to be able to support those that do work.
“People should have a solid resume, a solid track record” is another common response that often comes from people who are considering a career but aren’t sure where to start.
But Krasens says that a resume should have at least one section that includes a list of specific skills you’re looking for in the next job.
For example: “I am a former police officer, which includes being able to perform an initial investigation, locate a missing person, and perform a physical search.”
“You can also include some specific work experience,” she says.
“All you need to do is say ‘I want to’ and ‘have the right attitude’ to make the most of your opportunities” is one of Krasnais’ favorite phrases.
Krasers’ advice to anyone who’s considering pursuing a job is to say “I want a position,” rather than “I know that’s what I want.”
Kvasners suggests this because, for a lot of people, it means you have a lot to prove.
“When you’re in an interview, you are basically telling the interviewer ‘I’m going to try and help you find a job,'” Krasnes says.
The key is to try to be as confident as possible, and say “yes” to every single question in an effort to prove yourself to the interviewer.
If that’s the case, you can be assured that the interviewer will be receptive to your story, as well as your experience.
“We all have a story that we want to tell, and you’re not going to lie to someone who’s going through something like that,” Kjasners says.
So when you tell people that you have aspirations in a career