Happy Friday, friends! Today I want to share some tips for those who are feeling as lost but also as picky as I was while trying to figure out what in the world I wanted to do for “work”. But first….
6 Random Things From My Week:
1. On Monday I was in the pool to see the sunrise and on the bike to watch the sunset. I don’t remember the last time I was outside to watch both on the same day! Anyone else love the feeling?
2. After waiting in line for 90 minutes… (but of course with gratitude for the privilege to do so)
3. Annnnd anyone else avoiding social media after Tuesday?
4. A kale salad a day keeps the doctor away? But really, kale salads are super hot in my life right now. This one included roasted beets, sweet potato, apple, pumpkin seeds, avocado and balsamic glaze (also obsessed with this).
5. These leggings. The fact that I can wear leggings to work and it is acceptable (well in my head, I don’t ask for opinions) makes me feel like I am winning.
6. This Is Us. Bachelor franchise shows are typically the extent of my TV watching but a friend suggested This Is Us and since the bachelor doesn’t start again until January and it is on Hulu, I figured I would give it a shot. So good! It reminds me a lot of Parenthood which I also loved. They are only 6 episodes thus far so you have plenty of time to get all caught up!
3 years out of college (wait, really?!) and 6 months into a job I love, I think it is fair to say that it has been a long and surprising journey. There has been no lack of thought, tears and time put into getting to a place where I am happy, grateful and excited to go to work every day.
Here are 7 tips to finding (maybe unexpectedly) a job you love:
1. Accept the truth that there is no “perfect” job.
When I was in school I had this misconception that I would be able to land a job that was just the right combination of my passions, education and dreams. I believed that an employer would find my education from a good university highly valuable and that my degree would be taken into account when offering me this fantasized job that was made for the exact skill set I had acquired. I was sure that whatever I was doing, I would be able to feel the difference I was making every day!
If you have been out of school for about 5 seconds you can probably find some humor in all of this. While there is no harm in dreaming big and while I do think you can find purpose in any job, there is not a job in the world that is perfect. You probably won’t be doing what you expected to be doing, especially right out of school. If you do end up in the job you expected to have, it probably won’t be what you expected every single day. Every job has hard days. The job you least expected, may be the one you love.
2. Work on that resume.
I mean duh, right? But really, make your resume look good. If you are still in school, visit your career center and make an appointment to meet with someone who can help you with this. Make sure you don’t ignore the small things like your address, email address and phone number. Taking the time to perfect your resume may be worth it when an employer is flipping through hundreds.
3. Follow your heart.
My most cliché point but I had to include it. If I hadn’t followed my heart to Colorado, I wouldn’t have been in the situation to meet the person who encouraged me to apply for the job I now love.
4. Be social.
I was encouraged to apply for my now current position, in an industry I knew nothing about, by having a conversation with a Dad of one of my cross-country athletes at a race last fall. It has been easy to notice since then that it really is all about who you know.
5. Take every interview.
Not only for the obvious reason that you will get better at interviewing, but after interviewing for positions you aren’t 100% sold on you will get a better idea of what the position entails and the company culture. You may just find that the interview you were going to for experience ends up being the job you want the most.
6. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t settle.
If you are still browsing job sites, maybe “just looking” incase there is something better, you probably aren’t happy where you are. Don’t settle! If you happen to apply to one of those jobs and are offered an interview, go!
The interview process for my current job started in February and at the time I was interviewing with other companies. When I received another job offer in March for a different position, I gladly excepted. I quickly learned however that the job was not for me and when my current company eventually offered me a job just 2 months into this other job, I was torn because this company had just brought me on and there was nothing that was unbearable wrong. In the end I knew I would regret not taking the other offer and now I am SO thankful I didn’t settle but that also brings me to #7….
7. Don’t feel like you owe an employer anything.
This can be tough – you wan’t to be a loyal employee, that is great trait to have! At the end of the day however most companies are looking out for number one. Ultimately, you have to do the same.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to start over or do something that wasn’t in your 5 year plan. I know I invested a lot of time into certain areas only to realize those things weren’t for me. It would have been a shame if I had kept heading in one direction simply because I had already spent so much time going down that path. It is never too late to start something new.
1. What is one random thing from your week?
2. Kale salads, yay or nay? Favorite toppings/add ins?
3. What is the best piece of career advice you have been given? What is some advice you could give from your experiences?