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Job Search 101 | Welcome to Adulthood Part 1

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For several years I was on active duty. Eventually, like many others, I decided that I wanted to pursue a different career path. I can tell all of you right now that yes I made the right choice for my life and I possessed all the experience and degrees necessary to do what I wanted to BUT I had no clue what I was doing when I began to search for a job.  Because I take an interest in helping others develop personally and professionally, I want to share some things that I found valuable during my period of searching for a job and some other things that I wish I knew.

 

 

No. 1 Start Early

As soon as you get the itch (and really I recommend way before) to leave your current job start getting your resume together, start getting it proofread a million times, and start sending it out!

 

 

 

No. 2 No Does Not Mean Stop

For every 20 resumes I sent out I may have gotten a response from one company. When I got that response, it was mostly a no.  The best advice I was given was to not let being told no stop you from continuing to apply.

 

No. 3 Pay Cuts Stink 

For the first year you may have to take a significant pay cut. It is a huge adjustment and you can just say goodbye to spontaneity until you get a pay raise. Random trips overseas….BYE. Random getaways to visit the parents….BYE. Random concert that was just announced today and tickets go on sale tomorrow….BYE. Okay I’m teasing but you do become quite the planner making sure that everything is within budget.

 

 

No. 4 You Have to be Organized

Save all your documents on a Cloud account like Google Drive or ICloud or Dropbox. Keep track of your resumes, cover letters, applications, portfolio, etc.  I have also started this new thing that I saw one of my friends do. She organizes al of her documents in different binders so that the paper copy is easily accessible as a backup when she needs it. Every binder is neatly labeled and all of them have inserts and dividers and folders in them to keep everything separated and in its place.

 

 

No. 5 People Expect a Follow-Up 

Even when you don’t get the job you want after you’ve had the interview, send a follow-up. I like to send out an email 1-2 days post-interview and a thank you card via snail mail within the same week. When I conduct interviews as the interviewer, I always remember those who follow-up.

 

 

No. 6 Network like a Boss

It is so true the saying “it’s not what about what you know but who you know.”  Everyone can’t work for a Fortune 500 company in an amazing metropolitan city so you have to rub shoulders with people so that you can network your way into a job interview. Start looking online for networking events and practice your elevator speech.

 

No. 7 Study

Study the company and study situation and behavioral questions and answers. Be very prepared. Interviewers do get impressed by both your experiences and how well spoken you are when you answer their questions.

Searching for a new job is like working at another job. It can get a little stressful. However, the reward in the end is an amazing feeling.

To be continued…..

 

 

– KP

Keriki Purkiss

Keriki Purkiss is a wine lover, foodie, lifestyle, heath and fitness enthusiast from Atlanta, GA. She has been writing for Sweet Candor TV since 2014. Keriki currently resides in Richmond, VA.

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