Congratulations Class of 2014,  you’ve just entered the real world!  And while you may only be entering with one expensive piece of paper, “they” say you needed it to get the one thing you are looking for right now: your first job!  Sure you face a few challenges, but Nabbesh is here to help with 14 ways to land your first job!

1. Ignore so-called conventional wisdom that says you need experience to get a job.  We all started from zero at one point or another in our lives.  Even the most successful people in the world started somewhere, and you can too.

2. You’re one of the most tech savvy generations in history.  Turn that into $. That’s right, you can actually get paid to use technology and social media.  For example, you could help a company grow their customer base or communicate through social media.  Lucky for you, there is much demand for people with the tech skills you often take for granted.

3. Surf the net.  Don’t just pound the pavement!  While getting your first job requires hard work, the best way to do that is by using the internet to find either online or offline work.

4. No clue at what you want to do?  Here’s a little secret, you aren’t the only one. Many people that have been working for years are still looking for what they want to do when they “grow-up.”  Start with what you enjoy doing and don’t worry too much if you take the “wrong” job.  It’s all part of the learning process.

5. Try writing about your job search.  Believe it or not, blogging and writing is a serious profession.  If you have the “write” stuff, you may find you can turn writing even about your job search into some cash.

6. Intern or volunteer to gain professional experience.  If you’re willing to work in a company or for a start-up without being paid, and you prove yourself, you may be able to land your first job in a few months.  Before you think interning is beneath you, remember that Microsoft founder Bill Gates started as an intern.

7. Ask for advice.  Start with a few of your friends or family members that have been working for a few years at least.  Ask them to sit down with you and to share what they did right or did wrong to find their first job.

8. Work for a start-up.  At this point in your life you can probably afford to work at a startup, and you’ll gain a wealth of experience about running a business, even if your startup isn’t the next Google.  If you think its too risky, remember that risk is simply what you have (no job) and what you have to lose (not much).

9. Be honest with yourself about what success means to you.  To find a job you love, don’t forget success means different things to different people.  Bill Cosby, the famous comedian once said, “I don’t know the key to success but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”

10. Work for yourself.  What is it that you love to do on weekends?  Maybe you can monetize that.  If you love photography or digital design, you may be able to land freelance jobs in those areas or turn other hobbies into cash.

11. Happen to things.  Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them.  They went out and happened to things.”  Don’t sit around and complain about the unemployment rates, make your first job happen by being proactive.

12. Be hungry and humble.  Older generations complain about how your generation is much more entitled than previous generations.  Fight this stereotype by being persistent, hard working, hungry and humble in your job search.

13. Diversification isn’t just good financial advice.  In today’s world, a diversity of experiences is very important if you want to truly stand out.  Maybe you studied engineering, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek a job outside of your major. Whatever you major in, you can work in another field which may give you a better perspective and insights into what your career “calling” is.

14. Passion over paychecks.  Don’t just find a job, create a meaningful life whatever that means to you.  Steve Jobs famously said, “the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”  Maybe you’re young, but work is going to consume so much of your life, so why waste a single moment?

Now go out there class of 2014 and get your first job!  Get started by creating your profile at http://www.Nabbesh.com and search for freelance jobs today.

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