Parents…Are Your Kids Prepared for Their Professional Life?

 

Parents, you know at some point, your children have to grow up. Some kids want to rush the process, others want to take their own sweet time to get there. What these high school kids must understand, like you do, that TIME waits for NOBODY. In the current political and sociological climate, these kids must take their future professional life far more serious or they will be left behind economically and socially.

Depending on your ethnicity, culture and economic situation, the kids have to be even more prepared for the risks and unexpected roadblocks in the professional environment, just for living in their own skin. The more preparation these kids have, the better off their future professional prospects will be. Sometimes I wish an experienced professional had taken me under their wings and showed me the ropes, so I would not have had to learn by being “baptized by fire”. I want your kids to not have to go through that, so here are four things they can do to start preparing:

1. Figure out what they really want to do or like doing professionally. They can start by using my FREE MentorShelly DREAM Career Guide to help them figure this out.

2. Create their first set of career marketing tools (resumes, letters of recommendations and cover letters). Keep in mind that high school kids may not have much
experience, but they can use what they know how to do now and letter of recommendation from their teachers, sport team leaders they may be involved with in school or community or from volunteer group leaders for activities they are involved. If your kids already have some of these career tools and need to review them, MentorShelly can help by offering Career Tools Review Service to assure the tools are working for them or for you as a parent in the professional
environment.

The kids need to be prepared for the job/career interviews. You can utilize sample questions on the internet or if you are looking for more targeted help with this for you and your kids, check out the interview audio series here to get the help you need.

Learn and utilize negotiations strategies once they are offered job opportunities. The negotiations may not apply in their first job but any jobs or career opportunities after that…they will absolutely need to understand what to say, what questions or ask and how to respond to future employers. If your kid or you struggle in this area, then schedule a Career Strategy Session, to make the most of the career opportunities.

To make sure your kids are ready for all the challenges they will face with growing up in such a changing environment, do your best to teach them early. The best way to give them the competitive edge in the professional environment is to provide the with the necessary career tools and strategies, so they can win economically.

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Interview Tips for High School & College Grads

Listen high school and college students, graduation is around the corner. Before you know it will be June and you will be walking on that stage to get your diploma or college degree. Phew…you’re almost there…just stay focused. After that faithful graduation day in June 2022, is when the real work begins as you start your job search and job interviews. Preparation is key in any situation, and job interviews are no exception. By knowing what to expect and practicing some interview techniques, you can feel confident and ready for your interview. Keep reading for some tips on how to make a great first impression!

1. Do your research on the company and the position for which you’re interviewing.
I can’t emphasize enough how important this tip is. It can make or break your chances of making a good impression on the interviewer and exhibit your interest in the company overall. You have the internet at your fingertips with your phone or your computer, use it to get your research done to prepare for your interviews. Please take notes of your research to help you with talking points for the actual interview.

2. Prepare questions to ask the interviewer about the company and the role.
It is extremely important for you to understand, you are interviewing the company as much as the company is interviewing you. Ask questions about their company morale, overall working conditions and environment and overall what some of the current employees have to say about the company. You want to make sure that this company’s environment is for you. Don’t be afraid to ask hard questions about adaptable is the company to change in their marketplace. Those are just a few things you should ask them.

3. Practice answering common interview questions ahead of time.
Since you may be fairly new to this process, please practice responding to common interview questions, like you would rehearse for your lines in the school play or practicing a speech for your next presentation. You should practice with someone that will be able to ask the common interview questions and will provide honest feedback after the practice interview is completed.

4. Dress professionally and make sure your hair and makeup are done nicely.
This next tip should be common sense but based on my professional experience, adults will surprise you…and not in a good way. I have unfortunately seen and heard people showing up for a job interview with jeans and wrinkled t-shirt with sneakers but expect to be taken seriously in the interview. If you are going to take the time to attend any job interview, even if it is for a fast food restaurant, please dress professionally. No matter how the staff is dressed, please present yourself as a professional.

The most important thing you can do when it comes to your job interview is prepare. Be sure that you know the company and position well, research what they’re looking for in a candidate, and practice answering any questions they may ask. A lot of people think they don’t need to study anymore once their application has been submitted – but this couldn’t be more wrong! Remember, an interview isn’t just about how good you are at answering questions; it also shows them how much preparation went into getting there. If you want some help preparing or if you’re interested in learning more about our Interview Consultation Service, connect with me by click here.

I know the excitement of preparing to start a new chapter can be exhilarating and scary all at the same time but these tips are here to help you on your career journey. If you are still have questions or need help putting your career path together, go ahead and connect with me here.

Not sure what you want to do after high school?

I know and understand that life transitions can be hard sometimes. Knowing what to do and how to do it are taken for granted by people that have already been through the process. See… in high school you go to classes, listen to your instructors, take notes, pass tests, gain general knowledge… Those are all predictable. So what happens now? Real life begins. This transition does not have to be scary, if you have a plan and focus on executing your life and economic plan. Here are two action steps you can use to begin your transition to RESPONSIBLE adulthood.

Action Step #1. Start by being productive & make some money with a business or job you can get right now!
It makes no sense to be in your parents place once you are 18-years old and not find legal ways to make money. You can start off at places like…fast food places, coffee shops, restaurants, part-time work or even starting your own small business. The possibilities are endless! Keep in mind, this is literally just to start from somewhere, until you figure out what type of career you want. To get you started in the right direction, you can take full advantage of my FREE Dream Career Guide.

Action Step #2 Contribute to household bills, if you still live with your parents.
Once you have implemented Action Step #1, then start contributing to at least one or two household expenses. Your parents love you and want to help you, but you will make them proud when you take the initiative to start taking responsibility without them suggesting it. I know this transition is new and fresh but it’s better to plan and face it directly than you feeling the disadvantages of having responsibilities being thrown at you.

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How to find a job even if you’ve never had one

This is one of the five things you need to do when looking for your first job. In my upcoming 5 Part audio-based series, I want to make sure you do the right things to get the results you want…which is a job.

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Are highschool kids ready for the job market?” – Part 1

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