Job readiness: Your key to success

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Job readiness is key as you initiate your search for a rewarding career. That's why you want to carefully engage in activities designed to propel you toward your goals. Listed below are just a few activities that will place you on the road to success.

1. Be prepared -- The Boy Scout motto is never wrong! Be prepared. Set up your life as if interested employers are going to call at any moment because they will. Brush up your resume call the center if you need help -- and print it on quality paper. Record a professional sounding message on your voice mail or answering machine. Make sure that your e-mail address is conservative. (Clarification: Most employers are turned off by screen names like Go to Goodwill Columbus' Career Closet -- or other establishments such as Dress for Success -- and pick out one or two outfits for interviewing purposes.

2) Create a plan -- Develop a clear plan with objectives to meet your goals. How much research will you do regarding your career each week? How many online or in-person applications will you complete each week? How many actual or informational interviews will you strive to secure? How many contacts will you make in your industry of choice? What networking opportunities will you engage in? How often will you speak or meet with the placement specialist at New Directions? Quantify your actions and write them down!

3) Work the plan -- It's not enough to record your goals and objectives. You've got to work the plan. each day, in every moment. Get up every morning by 6:30 or 7 a.m. Get dressed. You are on a mission! Take a look at your objectives for the day and get moving! (Create the list the previous afternoon or evening.) There's no day like today to embrace your future.

4) Maintain emotional balance -- It's easy to get off kilter when you have bills to pay, mouths to feed, and no money coming in. That's why you must pay attention to your emotional health during this period. Surround yourself with positive, uplifting people. Schedule an appointment with one of the licensed counselors at the center. Make time for you each day. (Remember, watching a spectacular sunset doesn't cost a thing!)

For more information, contact New Directions Career Center (NDCC), a non-profit agency serving central Ohio at (614) 849-0028, extension 100. NDCC assists individuals regardless of their ability to pay.