Career-Building/Re-Building from the Entry Level

The job market is booming again, with 257,000 jobs added to the U.S economy in January 2015. And it’s not all millennials getting hired—in fact, unemployment among adults age 45-55 dropped from 5% to 4.1% in January. Studies show that baby boomers now hold an average of 10 or 11 new jobs by the time they reach age 46.

Many people are launching careers or starting over in new fields—which can mean starting from an entry-level position.

Your entry-level job can be the beginning of your next big thing:

  • Experience on the Resume: Don’t think of this as a step back—make this your new beginning. Approach this as an opportunity to reinvent yourself and rebuild your professional brand.
  • Networking: Get a sense of what opportunities are available while on the job and see what your colleagues in higher positions are doing. The people deciding your next promotion are not too far away, so figure out their workplace challenges and take an interest in how they solve them.
  • Demonstrate Leadership Skills in Any Role: Take initiative and show you are dependable. The first step is knocking your current responsibilities out of the park.
  • Do it the Right Way: It takes more than just showing up to get ahead. Putting in more effort than the bare minimum is a good way to get yourself noticed. Take for example Anna Prior, a Wall Street Journal columnist who started as a newsroom assistant six years ago.

Strategic volunteering and reading blogs and industry news to supplement your on-the-job experience will also show your boss that you have the ability and desire to move up, so (re) start strong!

Have you launched a career by maximizing the potential of an entry-level job? Tell us about it in the comments!

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