Tips for Struggling Young Adults Trying to Land a Job

Tips for Struggling Young Adults Trying to Land a Job

Essential Tips for Job Hunting Young Adults 

Nowadays finding a job is difficult. And if you’re an unprepared young adult, any efforts to find a stable job may seem futile, even hovering over the border of impossible at times. However, if one properly prepares themselves in finding, applying and securing prospective job opportunities, they are more likely to set themselves apart from their job hunting competition.

This article was created to help frustrated, floundering, or troubled young adults who are in need of assistance when it comes to joining the working force and seizing their opportunity to strive for the “All-American Dream.”

In the following article, we will discuss how to search for employment opportunities, why it's important to go after jobs that are best suited for your personal and financial needs, why it's important to prepare for interviews, and how to successfully maintain employment and thrive in the work place. 

Failure to Launch Programs Can Help

ATC is an outbound program that exists entirely to assist young adults, ages 18-25, who may be experiencing real life struggles. We do this by helping troubled teens and struggling young adults acquire the mindset and skills that will help them transition into adulthood.  Our staff is prepared and qualified to teach these young adults the true values and life skills necessary to live independently and face the adversities of life in a mature way. The proven, in-depth program offered by At The Crossroads prepares young men and women, who may have a history of substance abuse, to change and begin making critical life decisions. We help the resident learn to make decisions that are proactive and powerful, propelling them into adulthood with a solid foundation.

At The Crossroads Provides Vocational Training for Struggling Young Adults

ATC provides vocational training and occupational skills training for virtually any young adult between 18 and 26 years of age. We know that job searching and resume building can be intimidating and challenging for those with little experience in these fields. This understanding of struggling young men is what sets ATC apart from all other young adult transitional living programs. At The Crossroads provides several types of vocational training, expert resume building, occupational preparation, and imparts expert job searching techniques. ATC also provides aid to students with various learning and intellectual disabilities.

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Have A Goal in Mind

This first crucial step can be simplified by asking yourself 3 questions: what do you want to do? What kind of Job do you want? And Lastly, Who do you want to work for? This step is all about focusing on what you want to do, what your goals are, and limiting your focus to searching for types of jobs that you are not only capable of doing, but jobs that will bring about fulfillment and happiness to your life. Also, this step is important for weeding out any job opportunities that you would ultimately hate and regret applying for after being hired. 

So, following your heart and seeking employment that will bring you joy and purpose in your life. Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, believe it or not, countless young adults fail at attempting this simple, albeit critical, first step. All too often, young men and women seek for any and all job opportunities. Sure, you might accidentally pick a job that you enjoy and learn to love, but what if you apply for a job you hate and end up wasting years of your life, stuck in a miserable job you hate waking up for? Unfortunately, this scenario becomes a reality for millions of young people who could have avoided it entirely by simply asking themselves: What kind of job, what type of boss and what sort of employment is best suited for me thrive in? 

Now, this is not to say that, as a young man or woman, you need to know wholeheartedly what you want to do for the rest of your life and anything less than striving for your dream would be a waste of time. Rather, this step is about finding a job that you won't hate, or even enjoy doing. But most importantly, this step is all about finding stable and manageable employment while you figure out what it is that you truly want to do with your life.

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 Network With Everyone You Know

Networking means talking to others - friends, family, peers, etc. - about your job search and career goals in hopes that they might provide leads that may direct you to a suitable job opportunity. While this might seem awkward at first, it's definitely worth the pay off - 70% of employees in America's workforce find their jobs through networking. Frankly, networking is paramount when it comes to job hunting. 

Remember, don't look at networking as bothering other people about helping your needy butt find employment. You'll come to find that most people in your life are happy to help. After all, there is a 7/10 chance that 'bothering people' for employment opportunities was how they landed their job in the first place. 

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Make a List of Prospective Employers Then Meet Them In Person

So now that you have a better idea of what kind of jobs would best suit you, it's time to narrow down your hunt even further by weeding down your prospective employers down to a concentrated list.

Next, go through your list of prospects and meet with potential employers in person. It's very critical to make sure you dress the part and have your resume updated and ready to share. The more time you put into your personal presentation, the more likely you are to set yourself apart from other job hunting hopefuls who failed to put the same amount of time and energy into making a first impression.

Remember: Your first impression is CRITICAL! 

Lastly, Make Finding A Job Your Temporary Job

When it comes to finding a job, the structure of how you go about your search is everything. If you haven't set up a system that includes researching, networking and following up on potential leads, you are already making it more difficult for yourself. 

If you haven't developed a structured program to follow yet, do it! Treat finding a job like it's your job. Create a set schedule for yourself by designating hours of your day to search for a job, make phone calls to potential employers, network online, update and tweak your resume etc.

By following your set schedule to the tee, and treating your job hunt as a 9-5 grind, day in and day out, it is simply just a matter of time before your hard work pays off. Make your commitment to finding a job a ritual that you strictly adhere to and you will find employment, it's that simple. 

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At The Crossroads: A Therapeutic RTC that Provides Employment Training Programs for Young Adults

At The Crossroads (ATC) is a therapeutic residential transitional living program for young men and women, ages 18-26. Here at ATC, we offer therapeutic rehabilitation for struggling young adults, in addition to our programs of vocational and occupational training. You see, it is our sole purpose to help struggling young men and women get back on their feet and live an independent, successful lifestyle. 

Here at ATC, we implement individualized programs for each young adult resident. By developing comprehensive, individual treatment programs, we are able to use our staff's unique expertise to further help young men and women transition or re-transition into adulthood and live up to their once promising potential.

Our program offers young men and women comprehensive and in-depth training programs that are designed to help young people make serious life decisions that are both profound and powerful, and that includes finding and securing stable employment. 

Attention Parents of Struggling Young Adults In Need of Assistance With Living a Fully Functional and Independent Lifestyle: At The Crossroads is Here to Help!

Here at ATC, young adult residents live in a structured, therapeutic environment ideal for occupational skills training. Our model combines clinical treatment, vocation training, emotional intelligence development, recovery, and life skills development. We do this in a compassionate and supportive environment that promotes self-discovery and independence.

ATC’s vocation training takes place in a secured home located in beautiful St. George, Utah. While here, the students can attend college, hold down a job, and otherwise learn to take care of themselves and their needs as any stable, successful adult would. At The Crossroads offers the leading transitional living program for struggling young adults. With the guidance from professionally trained life coaches, substance abuse treatment counselors, educators, and licensed therapists, our residents gain the real-world life skills necessary to succeed.

We can help! Call our admissions department at 866-439-0354.

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