Yes yes yes, welcome to Unsolicited Career Episode number 19. 19. This episode is legal drinking age in Canada... but not quite old enough to rent a car.
See you soon 25.
This is the web series where we answer random questions by random people who weren’t hoping to have us answer on a video.
We’re basically your question-answering, problem solving, friendly neighborhood paparazzi.
Question 1, from quora: Which type of part time job is good for students?
Loooooove this question! The answer, pretty much any job. Any job that helps you develop the most in demand, core skills.
Here’s what we know: We know that employers are typically looking for the same thing from their entry level employees. They want people who can communicate, both written and verbal, they want people who can problem solve and they want people who can work in a team.
My advice, find a job that allows you to get better at any of those things.
Work as a server to sharpen your problem solving skills. Work at the front desk of a hotel to learn about customer service. Work at a grocery store to learn how to listen and work as a team to get stuff accomplished. Work a job that allows you to learn as much as possible and become as valuable as possible.
Question 2, from quora: What’s the best and quickest way to find a job?
For this one, there’s no real silver bullet. Why? There are so many ways to find a job.
First: One thing that I find really, really works is telling people you are looking for a job. Get on facebook, send out some tweets, throw a few snaps out there letting your friends, family and complete strangers that you’re looking for work.
Second: I know how easy it is to sit on the computer sending out dozens and dozens of generic resumes to job postings on job boards but it’s rarely a quick and effective way to get a job.
Be specific. Target the companies you want to work for. Develop a separate resume for each company you’re interested in. Show them how your specific skills will help their specific company for that specific role.
Finally: Volunteer. While it may not be the fastest way to land a job, it has a great success rate.
Companies want to hire people who know their company, who understand their culture and who know not to touch any of the star wars characters on Simon’s desk because last time somebody did, he spent the whole day in the bathroom crying, wiping tears away with his Yoda tie.
Finally Question 3, from quora: What’s the importance of planning our career?
Ohhh man. You asked the wrong internet with this one.
This is what we do at Raise Your Flag.
Do you know why it’s important to plan your career? Google maps.
It’s important so you have some idea of where you are, where you want to go and how you’re going to get there.
Career planning doesn’t mean having all of the steps at all times… It means knowing which step you’re going to take next and where that could lead. Because there’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re in a dead end job or not knowing where your job could lead you.
Raise Your Flag exists to show people what kind of career paths they can unlock through their skills and experience.
We exist to show you how to get from where you are to where you want to be.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to have some sort of idea, some sort of excitement some sort of enthusiasm for your next steps… Or at the very least, know that a next step exists.
It’s important to spend some time planning a few steps of your career for the same reason it’s important to know where you’re going to turn next on your way to Chipotle in a town you’ve never been in.
And that is that. Episode number 19. Burritoed.
If you have any career questions for us, hit us up on twitter using the #askRYF hashtag, shoot us an email or write it on a foggy window. We’re always watching.