Thursday, October 20, 2011

Great Advice From HBR Blogger Jodi Glickman On Your First Job

If I had a dollar for every job seeker who harangued, gnashed teeth and agonized over accepting his/her first job, I'd be writing this from the lakeside dock at my Adirondack mountain retreat house.  Suffice it to say, I'm neither in the Adirondacks nor near a lake.

For new grads, a first job is the one taken after graduation.  But for moms returning to work, a first job can be the one she takes as she on ramps back to work and career.  In both examples, the first job decision can cause stress and uncertainty as job seekers ask themselves questions like, "Is this THE right job?" and "What will my future path be?"

In Jodi Glickman's recent post on the Harvard Business Review Blog Network, she explains that getting in the game is more important than the position you play.  Every job opportunity has inherent value in that you are learning, networking, honing skills and informing your internal interest/aptitude gauge. 

With today's job climate, the "numero uno, perfecto, match made in heaven" job opportunity can be elusive.  So rather than waiting for the job equivalent of Willy Wonka's golden ticket, broaden your horizons and be creative.  Think of the opportunity potential of a particular job rather than the obvious connections to your ultimate career goal. 

As for career goals, Glickman shares that a recent poll of 100 women leaders indicated that only 3% were on the same career path as the one they started travelling down upon graduation.  Hmm...kind of puts the gnashing and agonizing into perspective, huh?

Whatever your first job is, be the best (fill in the blank) you can be, taking advantage of all opportunities and networking as you go.  Get some positive momentum going, and you'll be off!!  Dr. Seuss, of course, says it best, "Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!" (from Oh! The Places You'll Go!)

All the best,

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