Thursday, June 23, 2016
Now this is probably one of the first things that I had to learn. I needed to learn that my job in my twenties does not, I repeat, does not have to be your future career. It just needs to be a job for right now while you figure out what your career path is. You just need to make it work for the time being. So don't stress the job or jobs you do in your 20's does not necessarily define what you will do for the rest of your life. A placeholder job can be a stepping stone to learn some new skills for your future career. Or maybe you will find your niche early and start growing in a company. Either way you need to first find a job, so here are the steps to land really any job.
1. Build a resume
One of the biggest things I can stress when writing a resume is wording. I managed to make working a register at mcdonalds sound very professional and responsible. Example: I managed all currency transactions with customers.... Sounds way better then people ordered horrible greasy food in a particularly rude manner.
Your resume should also not be overly wordy. You don't need a full page about your babysitting skills. You should use your last 3 jobs, your skills and education and manage to fit them on max 2 pages. Most places have to read over quite a few resumes so honestly if they see a bunch of pages they will toss it in the garbage without even bothering to read all your hard work.
Your resume is meant to make you shine, so make sure you highlight your greatest skills. One of my biggest skills is organization and merchandising. In other words I am very good at displaying product in a very attractive way.
2. Apply for jobs
One of my absolute favorite sites to apply for jobs is www.indeed.com. It is easy to use the main thing I recommend doing though is writing down all the jobs you apply for. That way when you are getting a bunch of phone calls because of your killer resume you have a vague idea of what type of position you applied for in the sea of jobs.
Now if you actually have to go to the website to apply and they have the assessment test that a lot of jobs do, the strongly agree to strongly disagree test, it is extremely important to not answer in the middle. So make sure you are answering strongly to one way or the other.
Apply for all kinds of jobs. You may be surprised and find a job you really enjoy that you were not expecting to.
3. Interview like a boss
First off I don't care if you are interviewing at a fast food restaurant, DRESS PROFESSIONALLY! Girls here are some rules.
- No cleavage
- No jeans
- No hair in the face
What I always wear is a nice conservative top, black pants, nice flats, hair pulled back into a bun and light makeup.
Be friendly and make eye contact and also be your best self. Take a deep breath before you enter that interview and remember that you can only do your best and your best is better than you think it is.
And finally be early! Show them that you are reliable and show up 15 minutes early. That easy!
Having a job is important, but it is also important to not be miserable. Life is to short so give a job a go for a bit and if it makes you miserable try something else. Every job has its stresses but having horrible anxiety and misery every time you walk in the door is not a good sign and you need to find a different job and you are not a failure for finding a different job.
Welcome to adulthood! Now go get a job!
I know that somewhere along the line I have felt as if I had missed the how to be a grown up class. I have made a lot of mistakes and have felt like I was the only one has felt all alone in the big bad world of being an adult. The things that most people just seem to know how to do I have felt like an infant thrown into a pool and now I was drowning because nobody bothered to teach me how to swim. I just wanted someone to throw me a pair of floaties.
Then I realized that I needed to stop expecting others to take care of me and start taking care of myself. I am not saying that I just woke up and had it all figured out (even though that would have been awesome) It took a lot of practice and trying a lot of things. I have also failed at a lot of things and have made some pretty poor decisions. I began my twenties living with a man who took care of me. I would not recommend this to anyone. He was a very good guy and I will always be grateful for all the things he did for me. The problem was it didn't last and I was left with basically nothing. I had no car, no place to live and I worked at caribou coffee which definitely did not pay the bills.
What did I do you say? Well there wasn't one magic move that made it all better. There was multiple trying obstacles that I had to overcome and I am still overcoming. I have a lot of experience in figuring out how to survive in a world that is pretty difficult to survive in.. especially if you didn't go to college.
In this blog I am going to cover everything from how to find an apartment you can afford to how to actually date in a world where there are a lot of undateable men to grocery shopping and a lot more. I will even be putting random recipes for those that are like me and are not miss head chef. I also have learned some good cheap decorating tricks. So welcome to your own personal grown up guide! We can get through this together so take a deep breath. You got this.