Smashing the Glass Ceiling: Job Hunting Tips for Career Girls

It’s hardly a secret that job hunting can be a wretched experience.

Aside from an exasperating routine of buffing up your résumé, perfecting your best handshake and practicing a winning smile, there’s the prospect of opening that dreaded rejection letter.

We all know the drill: “We received applications from many qualified candidates, several of whom have more experience, blah, blah, blah …” you read while crumpling it up and tossing it in the bin.

As you glance forlornly at the paper mountain of rejection jutting from the trash, you wonder: “How do I get more experience if companies are unwilling to take a chance on me?”

While it may seem like a desperate, catch-22 situation, there are ways you can boost your job hunting efforts to get a foot in the door and, ultimately, make moves to smash that glass ceiling.

How? Read on to find out …

Grab an Online Qualification

Although the days of strolling out of university clutching your degree and walking straight into a well paid job are long gone, it’s still safe to say those who have the tenacity to build on this qualification will nose ahead of the competition in the race for a job.

Rather than head back to a bricks and mortar institution though, students from across the globe are realising the benefits of learning online in an effort to supplement their existing skills. The upshot, of course, is you can learn while you earn and from anywhere with an internet connection.

Register With an Agency

Attempting to find a role that fits your educational background AND allows you to climb the career ladder can be a nightmare after weeks and months of thumbing through newspaper job ads and scouring the web.

When it gets to that stage, you need some help – which is why you should consider registering with an employment agency. Not only will they match the skills on your résumé to a suitable position, they can offer a variety of job hunting tips and techniques to aid you in your vocational quest.

Keep the Faith

As days turn into weeks and weeks into months, it’s easy to lose faith, pull the blanket over your head and succumb to the comforting glow of daytime TV – but you must resist this temptation at all costs.

When the job hunt seems like nothing but a vortex of despair, remind yourself of a quote from Julie Andrews, who said: “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th” – and she was Mary Poppins, so she knows exactly what she’s talking about …

Ms. Career Girl

Ms. Career Girl was started in 2008 to help ambitious young professional women figure out who they are, what they want and how to get it.