27 December 2013

Using a Profile Builder to Launch Your Career

Finding the right way to start off one’s career is never easy. Even after an individual has graduated with a degree, many employers require work experience before they will consider a candidate for hire. Fortunately, there is a way for students and recent graduates to begin to build their experience and their resume, internships can provide this value. Participating in an internship is a great way to show prospective employers that you have the drive and focus to learn and grow in a fast paced, career oriented environment. However, finding the right internship can be a bit of a challenge. After school has ended, many wonder how they can find a relevant, interesting program to help them follow their passion.

The answer may be simpler than you think. Online, there are many websites that can help students and graduated attain the experience they need to find the jobs they want. These programs operate as basic profile builders, but the advantages they provide are anything but basic. These organizations create networks between talented, knowledgeable individuals and employers looking for qualified applicants. This means that by participating in such programs, you will be able to showcase your specific talents in order to gain the recognition you deserve, from the people that matter. 

How it Works

While each career building website has its own system, advantages, and disadvantages, there are several commonalities that exist across the board. The first step for most of these sites is to build your profile. This is done by inserting your personal info—name, contact info, background, etc. Next, you will want to list your qualifications and work experience. This includes things such as your schooling history, previous experience in your field, and past work you have completed. This information will help employers understand your current level of expertise in your personal area of study. 

The next step is to seek out the companies that are interested in prospective interns and employees. These websites make it easy for applicants to find companies they want to work with. Because the general paths of inquiry (i.e. Newspaper ads, craigslist, etc.) are so flooded with applicants, many employers choose to find talent through these profile building websites. The nature of these sites allows them to streamline their search and find engaged, empowered individuals who can benefit their enterprise.

Many of these career building organizations will offer further advantages to those who seek work internships. Some include tests and challenges that can allow people to stand out from the crowd. These challenges are designed specifically to test an individual’s knowledge and provide suggestions on which internships to apply for. Showcasing this knowledge is another important factor in finding the right design, industry, or fashion internships for you.

Where to Look

So now that you are aware of the many advantages of participating in a career path program, you may be wondering, how can one find such programs and which program is the right one to go with? Finding such organizations is simple. A quick online search will provide you with many different options to choose from. As far as choosing the most beneficial program, simply look into the history of a website. Reviews and written experience from past participants can help you to decide which program is right for you and your career.

Ella Gray is a former administrator for a college career center, and now a happy home maker.  Please feel free to email her with any questions at ella.l.gray@gmail.com.

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