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Honesty is the best policy
Christine Sim
update on Friday, November 12, 2010

Discovering yourself is the first step to setting a career goal. Be honest as you probe your strengths and weaknesses. 

Choosing a career is an involved process Narrow options based on your interests, skills, work-related values, temperament and personality.

Research the shortlisted careers Check the job description, academic and professional qualifications required, the outlook for the field and information about the firms you apply to. 

Take on contract assignments This will give you an opportunity to test yourself and assess the nature of the job and the work culture. 

Tap your networks Use family, friends and alumni associations. If you have had internships, call on past employers' networks and support your application with strong testimonials. 

Ace the interview Manage interview sessions with confidence, and review and reflect on areas for improvement. 

Talk to industry mentors They can share their own career pathways and other essentials to clinch the job you are chasing. 

Meanwhile, keep your mind open to options.

Article by Christine Sim, general manager at Links Recruitment

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