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Fiveable Jacob's Advice on Career Readiness ๐Ÿคก

7 min readโ€ขaugust 2, 2021


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Fiveable Jacob's Advice on Career Readiness ๐Ÿคก

๐ŸŒ…Introduction

Do you ever wonder ๐Ÿค” about how the most successful career profiles are formatted? Do you want to stand out from the rest of the applicants ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ when applying to jobs and colleges? This blog covers everything the awesome Mr. Jacob ๐Ÿคก from Fiveable has to say, including:
  • An effective resume โœ๏ธ
  • An eye-catching cover letter ๐Ÿ“œ
  • A successful LinkedIn account ๐Ÿ”—ย 
  • An established network ๐ŸŒ
There are also some essential competencies you'll need while working, like leadership ๐Ÿ™‹ and communication ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ These skills will help you excel in your future career ๐Ÿš€

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๐Ÿ’กGeneral Tips

๐Ÿ™‹ Leadership

Strong leadership skills require a person to organize โœ๏ธ, plan ๐Ÿค”, and lead ๐Ÿ™‹ a successful product. To be a strong leader, you must be open-minded ๐Ÿง , empathetic with your co-workers ๐Ÿ‘ซ, and encouraging ๐Ÿ“ข It's hard to become an effective leader, so here's a tip: actively participate in clubs or apply to leadership positions in organizations ๐Ÿค“ Not only will this boost and strengthen your leadership skills, but it will also give others proof that you have prior experience ๐Ÿคฏ

๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ผ Professionalism

Your first impression will determine how people in the workplace view you ๐Ÿ‘€, so you want to make sure you put your best foot ๐Ÿฆถ forward.
Here are a few tips:
  • Be punctual ๐Ÿ• for all meetings.
  • Make sure you're using formal communication ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ when corresponding with co-workers.
  • Manage your time wisely! If you consistently turn in items well before the due date, co-workers and supervisors will notice ๐Ÿ‘€
  • Demonstrate ethical behaviors like integrity and responsibility. If you did not finish your tasks, own up to them and aim to be more responsible in the future ๐Ÿฅณ
Here are a few ways to practice your professionalism:
  • Practice your interview skills. Ask your friends ๐Ÿง’ and family ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ to help you practice.
  • Gain exposure to the work-field by applying to part-time jobs ๐Ÿ’ผ You'll be able to see how people interact ๐Ÿ‘ซ with their colleagues and learn from it.
  • Take your studies ๐Ÿค“ more seriously by managing your time better and demonstrating ethical behaviors in your schoolwork ๐Ÿ“
  • Become involved in volunteering programs ๐Ÿ™‹ that will allow you to interact and communicate with other people ๐Ÿ‘ฑ

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ Communication

An effective communicator can clearly express their thoughts ๐Ÿค” while writing ๐Ÿ–Š๏ธ and speaking ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ Communication is needed to develop strong leadership skills ๐Ÿ™‹ as it helps keep a person more open-minded ๐Ÿง 
Here are a few ways to improve your communication:
  • Practice writing letters โœ‰๏ธ or articles ๐Ÿ’ป about topics that interest or concern you ๐Ÿ’ฅ
  • Ask to review articles ๐Ÿ’ป, memos ๐Ÿ“ฑ, or papers ๐Ÿ“„ from your colleagues ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ผ or fellow students ๐Ÿง‘ Give authentic and effective feedback to them ๐Ÿ˜‰

๐ŸŽจ Creativity and Problem Solving

Problem-solving ๐Ÿค” is all about identifying problems and combating them ๐Ÿ‘Š It involves making intuitive decisions ๐Ÿ’ก, using data ๐Ÿ“ˆ and prior knowledge, and using your creativity ๐ŸŽจ to solve issues. It can be difficult to practice on your own but here are some suggestions if you get stuck:
  • Watch ๐Ÿ‘€ inspirational videos (like Ted Talks). Remember that there is a solution to every problem--don't get frustrated ๐Ÿ˜–
  • Get involved in research programs ๐Ÿ”ฌ to help inspire you ๐Ÿ’ฅ

๐Ÿ’ปFamiliarity with Technology

In today's world, technology ๐Ÿ“ฑ is a necessary component in any career ๐Ÿ’ผ field. You should be familiar with today's technological tools and be able to utilize them efficiently to accomplish tasks โœ”๏ธ and solve problems ๐Ÿค” When new technology enters the work-field ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ผ, you should be able to familiarize yourself with it and adapt to it. In other words, use technology to spread your ideas๐Ÿ’ก For example, you can use social media to spread awareness ๐Ÿ“ข about your campaign or LinkedIn to share your skills ๐Ÿ”ง
Here are a few tips to master technology:
  • Enroll in online courses ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽ“ to familiarize yourself with technical skills ๐Ÿ’ป
  • Certify yourself in widely-used technology ๐Ÿ’ป in your field. Make sure you know the basics of Word ๐Ÿ“„, PowerPoint ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ, and Excel ๐Ÿ“ˆ as those skills are now a necessity.
  • Create a LinkedIn ๐Ÿ”— to share your technological skills ๐Ÿ’ป with future employers ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ผ
  • Learn how to code ๐Ÿฑโ€๐Ÿ’ป Coding is now becoming a useful skill in many careers outside of technology!

๐Ÿ’ผCareer Advice

โœ๏ธ How to Draft an Effective Resume

Order of Essential Information Needed on an Excellent Resumeย ๐Ÿ“
Introductions:
  1. Your Name ๐Ÿคก (Bolded)
  2. Under your name, list three words to describe yourself that you can change for different jobs (Ex. Educator | Community | Admissions)
  3. Your contact information (Email ๐Ÿ“ซ, optional phone number โ˜Ž๏ธ, optional LinkedIn link ๐Ÿ”—, etc.)
  4. Optional City and State ๐ŸŒŽ
Body Sections:
  1. Education (What school ๐Ÿซ do you go to? Are you dual-enrolled ๐Ÿง ?)
  2. Experience ๐Ÿค“ (Use the section title "Experience" if you do not have any paid experience. If you do, however...see below)
ย a. Paid Jobs (List percentages and revenues) ๐Ÿ’ผ
ย b. Volunteer Experience ๐Ÿ™‹ย 
DO'sย ๐Ÿ’ย and DON'Tsย โŒ
DO ๐Ÿ’ make your resume as concise and clear as possible; we strongly recommend a one-pager ๐Ÿ“„.
DO ๐Ÿ’ make every bullet point start with an action word ๐Ÿƒ and have only 3-4 bullet points per section.
DO ๐Ÿ’ only use black and white colors and leave white space!
DON'T โŒ have a picture of yourself ๐Ÿ‘ฑ! (Employers will not employ you because of your looks)
DON'T โŒ have a profile statement/objective!
DON'T โŒ add colors ๐ŸŽจ

๐Ÿ“œ How to Create an Eye-Catching Cover Letter

Brief Cover Letter Overviewย ๐Ÿ‘€
Cover letters ๐Ÿ“œ, when required, map ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ out who you are as a person ๐Ÿ‘ฑ and the experiences you may have had! The popularity of cover letters are slowly declining ๐Ÿ“‰ in recent years, but it is still good to know some tips to create an outstanding cover letter๐Ÿ“œ
Cover Letter Tipsย ๐Ÿง 
  • Tell them why you are a good applicant ๐Ÿ™‹ Are there any relevant experiences you may have?
  • What can you offer to the company? State any skills ๐Ÿ”ง or activities you are willing to put into good use for the company ๐Ÿ’ผ
  • Do your research ๐Ÿ‘€ What is the company like ๐Ÿค” What does it do? By stating the company's goals ๐Ÿš€ in your cover letter and relating them to your own experiences, you come off as a knowledgeable, well-researched, and insightful applicant ๐Ÿค“

๐Ÿ”— Some Advice For a Successful LinkedIn Account

What to Put on Your LinkedIn Pageย ๐Ÿค”
  • Experience ๐Ÿค“, volunteer services ๐Ÿ™‹, and a summary of who you are as a professional ๐Ÿ’ผ
  • Take advantage of every section LinkedIn ๐Ÿ”— offers!
Useful Tips When You are Creating a Profileย ๐Ÿ“„
  • Look up articles ๐Ÿ–Š๏ธ that teach you how to build a LinkedIn ๐Ÿ”— site; they really help!
  • Don't be robotic ๐Ÿค–, be genuine ๐Ÿ˜‡ Independent thinkers ๐Ÿง  are always looked highly upon by employers ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ผ
  • "Professional ๐Ÿ’ผ" is subjective! Your LinkedIn profile picture ๐Ÿคก could be you wearing a T-Shirt ๐Ÿ‘•, and it would still be considered professional! (Ex. Mr. Jacob's LinkedIn profile picture)

๐ŸŒ Establish Your Network!

A Brief Background on Networkingย ๐Ÿš€

Building your network does sound intimidating ๐Ÿ˜ฌ, but it is simple ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Networking is everywhere ๐Ÿคฉ For example, joining a discord call ๐Ÿ“ž on a Fiveable Friday is considered networking as well ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Now, you may be wondering,ย how can I maximize my network since I am always networking with people? Well, the next section might be just for you ๐Ÿฅณ
Tips for Networkingย ๐Ÿ™Œ
  • Choose one of your passions ๐ŸŽ†, and try searching up a successful company ๐Ÿ’ผ or person ๐Ÿ‘ฑ regarding the area of your passion. What are they doing or posting?
  • Put yourself out there ๐Ÿš€ Check out events of your passion ๐ŸŽ† Maybe you will meet someone new ๐Ÿ‘€
  • Directly cold message ๐Ÿ“ฒ or email โœ‰๏ธ a company or person in the field you're interested in.

๐Ÿš€ How to Get Ready For College

Something to remember...ย ๐Ÿ‘€

"Remember, it doesn't matter where you go to college."ย 
This is Mr. Jacob's advice when it comes to college readiness ๐Ÿš€ Yes, you might be disappointed ๐Ÿ˜ข if you did not get into your dream school, or proud if you did ๐Ÿฅณ, but just remember: colleges don't define who YOU are. YOU are unique ๐Ÿ˜Ž, and if a college rejects you, continue to be yourself, and you will achieve great things ๐Ÿ’ฅ Without further ado, here are some tips to help you become more confident about college.

College Readiness Tipsย ๐Ÿคฏ

  • Do what you are passionate about ๐Ÿฑ, don't do something for the college to see!
  • Grades ๐Ÿ’ฏ are not everything! Colleges look at everything on your application ๐Ÿ‘€
  • Subjectively, an application essay โœ๏ธ is the most important part of your college application, so make sure to treat it like gold ๐Ÿ’ธ

๐ŸŒ‡Conclusion

After reading this blog post, you have gained knowledge on career readiness and learned general tips to help you get ready for your future endeavors ๐Ÿค“ You are welcome to re-read this blog throughout your schooling ๐Ÿซ and career ๐Ÿ’ผ as a little guide or a helping friend ๐Ÿ‘ซ However, if you are interested and want to dig deeper, here are some resources for you ๐Ÿ‘€:
Created by the National Association of Colleges, this article paints an overview and definition of career readiness. ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ’ผ
As a hiring platform, this article by the Muse provides in-detail advice for each resume โœ๏ธ section.
Written by LinkedIn ๐Ÿ”— itself, this article covers 20 tips to help you gain more recognition on the platform!
The Fiveable Discord Community:ย https://discord.gg/thinkfiveable
Full of passionate students, the Fiveable Discord Community includes discussion channels for AP classes, test prep, career advice, and much more ๐Ÿคก You can ask members to review your resume or LinkedIn or practice your interview skills with them!
That's all for now. Good luck with your future endeavors! You can do it!! ๐Ÿš€
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