Resumes and cover letters and interviews…oh my! These words have become staples in my everyday conversations as I’ve been actively seeking dietitian positions since moving to Minneapolis in September. Even though I have by no means mastered the art of job hunting, I have certainly learned a lot about myself and what it is that I desire in an employer, so I present you with the following list that highlight some of these gems:
1) Job hunting is a lot like dating. From the whole getting to know the employer to scheduling interviews and second interviews, job hunting looks a lot like dating! Just as it is possible to settle for less with dating, it is definitely possible to do this with job searching. While it can be tempting to accept any job offer that may come your way, if you truly feel that the job isn’t a good fit, then don’t take the job! Rather, thank the prospective employer for their time and continue your search.
2) Take time to have fun. This item has been a difficult one for me as I feel like I should be doing some form of job searching for at least 8 hours a day. This is not healthy! I promise you that if you take scheduled breaks during your job search you will be happier and possibly even more fruitful as you’ll be looking at postings with new eyes. It’s okay to have fun even if you don’t have a job – don’t forget that!
3) Don’t lose focus of what you are worth. Just as it is possible to feel like a job may not be a good fit for reasons “xyz,” it is also possible that a job might not be able to meet your financial needs. While it might be tempting to take a job that sounds wonderful – think of your dream ministry position! – at the end of the day, if it is not able to support your financial needs, and if you are not able to work another part-time job at the same time or receive finances from another source, it might be wise to reconsider. I had this happen with the first job I was considering when moving here, and although it was a difficult decision to turn down an amazing sounding opportunity, the job simply did not pay enough for me to live.
4) Be thankful for your support system. This is a huge one as the job search is certainly made easier by receiving support from loved ones. I have been quite blessed with a very supportive family and boyfriend who is willing to cook for me/get me out of the house to go on an adventure, but I know that this search would have been so much more difficult without these people. Take some time to thank these people and be sure to let them know how much their support has meant to you!
5) Pray. Pray. And pray some more. I cannot emphasize this point enough, and I know that even though I have had far more time than normal to pray, I have not necessarily prayed loads more. Perhaps it’s because my days don’t always have a set routine or perhaps I have days where I feel less than thankful for my time of unemployment, but seriously, take your thoughts and concerns to Jesus, and it will make you feel better! If there is an adoration chapel near you, pop on over, or try to catch a daily Mass here and there.
I’d love to hear from anyone who has ever been unemployed for some time what they have learned or what was helpful for them during that time of searching. I will continue to pray for all of those who are unemployed, and if you think of it, pray for me as I have an interview tomorrow and another early next week. God bless! 🙂