The title you choose for your new position might be a clue to what kind of person you are.
“I think that title is just a little bit of a marketing tool, to show your personality and what you’re about,” said Mark Schulte, a former senior executive at TD Ameritrade and current executive vice president at IBM.
“If you’ve got a strong personality and have an entrepreneurial spirit, I think that will really stand out.”
If you’re a millennial who doesn’t know what your new role might be, you’re probably not going to be satisfied with it.
“We’ve had an incredible number of candidates applying for the same job,” said Debbi Zavala, a senior vice president with CareerBuilder, an online job placement and career service.
“But the vast majority of the applicants are millennials who are not comfortable with their career path.”
That’s especially true if you’re looking to change jobs.
“A lot of the millennials that I’ve interviewed for the job, they feel like they’re getting a piece of paper and saying, ‘Here are my credentials,'” Zavalta said.
“So they might say, ‘Oh, you can’t get into the business because of that title.'”
Zavalas office at CareerBuilder has seen a spike in applications in the last year or two, but she said it’s too early to tell if it’s because millennials are looking for a career change or a more meaningful career change.
“Millennials are really passionate about their careers and want to make the most of them,” she said.
Zavalla said it takes years for millennials to realize they can’t just be a part of a job for life, so they have to go beyond that.
“They’re really hard-working, they’re very creative, they have a really strong work ethic,” she added.
If you think you’ve figured out your career path, but aren’t sure where you want it to go, consider applying for a new job at a company that is not already hiring for the position.
“There are lots of job opportunities out there, so there’s not a shortage of opportunities,” Zavas said.