I’ve been on the job hunt for a lot longer than I’d like to admit, but I have learned more in the past two weeks than I have during this entire journey. So take it from me and follow these important tips!
1. Always apply for the job you that interests you even if you don't think you're qualified.
This seems like a no-brainer, especially when you consider there’s absolutely no financial cost to submitting an online job application. (Anyone else remember those days when you had to buy stamps and mail resumes?) It’s not like applying for every college or university on your wish list which could easily break the bank at an average of $50 each (I’m not calling out my niece with this one, or am I?!).
Feeling like you don’t have all the experience required for the “dream job” could keep you from applying. This is the time to remember Shakespeare:
“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we might oft win by fearing to attempt.”
Early on I let the self-doubts keep me sending off my resume because either I was intimidated by a job title or worried that I didn’t have all the experience required. I realize now that even if I probably wouldn’t get the job, maybe I could have at least gotten an interview and would have gladly taken that time to build relationships with people in the company. I strongly believe that every conversation is valuable and has the potential to lead to useful dialogue, personal connections, and the opportunity for growth.
It's also worth applying for jobs that are in different areas of the country even if they aren't considering remote employees and you're not sure if moving is feasible. Once again, you never know where a phone call can take you. Put yourself out there and send your resume to any position that appeals to you even if it might not initially seem like a realistic option.
Another exercise to consider is expanding your reach by applying for jobs you aren’t entirely sure you’d want. And, never turn down an interview. I’ve ended up having interviews for jobs I’ve either been overqualified for or that were with companies that I hadn’t initially considered to be on the “OMG I want to work there!” list. Each time I came away learning something about myself that helped me fine-tune my pitch to potential employers and expand my career goals.
2. Always start the day with a walk or run before turning on your computer or checking your phone for notifications and emails.
I’ve been a long distance runner since 2007, but I’ve always been an avid walker since my college days. I didn’t own a car until I was in my 30s because I prefer to walk than drive. Some people come up with great ideas in the shower, but I have my best thoughts while I’m taking a leisurely neighborhood stroll or enjoying a long run. There had been many days when I was planning on a run, but would check my email or turn on my computer to then get sucked into the job hunt or other projects and never get out the door. Once I decided that I couldn’t look at my phone until I went for my daily walk or run, I started having a better attitude all around.
3. Cultivate optimism on a daily basis.
Create a virtual bank overflowing with items that makes you smile, laugh, or feel hopeful, i.e., songs, photos, cartoons, etc. Rejection is no joke and sometimes the only way to turn that frown upside down is to listen to a pop song or look at a photo of the people that really matter in your life. Having a playlist of tunes that makes me want to dance and content/media that always makes me laugh has been lifesaver for me. My twin sister has been keeping a daily gratitude journal after attending Cultivating Optimism with Deena Kastor. I can’t quite get myself into that routine just yet, but what has been easier for me is to make a positivity playlist or add to my Instagram story highlight featuring my favorite humor.
Another tip: Keep a list of all the unique questions asked during interviews. Work on fine-tuning your answers in case they are ever asked again. If not, find a way to use those answers you've perfected into the conversation!
Read more about my job search: "Available for Work."
For my 50th birthday on May 18th, I'll be running 50K (and let's be honest, walking some of it too!) to raise awareness for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.
Make a donation to keep me motivated or sign up for your own challenge: runsignup.com/twinsrun50
Be notified of live updates via my Facebook events page.
l've been supporting and fundraising for ALSF for almost 10 years and love their mission: ❤️🍋
I had "Coded Bias" on my DVR since it aired on PBS's Independent Lens on March 22, but I finally watched it yesterday. It was riveting and mind-blowing for me.
I'm actually shocked I didn't have nightmares about data collection and face recognition software last night because I was terrified watching this documentary.
I'm also in awe of the work that Joy Buolamwini has done and just signed up for the Algorithmic Justice League!
You can watch Coded Bias on PBS:
Download a discussion guide and activist toolkit.
Please check out my new post on my WordPress blog, "Available for Work."
Our 50th birthday is a month away and we're getting ready to celebrate!
We want you to join in the fun by taking a photo with a Flat Twin and signing up for a virtual challenge to walk or run a total of 5K, 50K, or 50 miles in the month of May to raise money for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.
Thinking about Patty Workman and all the people in Charlottesville she had such a positive impact on ... she will be missed.
Looking forward to in-person long runs with the Charlottesville Track Club's Marathon and Half Marathon Training Program this summer/fall! Had fun designing a new icon based graphic representing the locations of group runs.
So proud to take part in Ragged Mountain Running Shop's Winter Mileage Club!
My 980.63 miles = $20 donation divided among these amazing nonprofit organizations!
- Rivanna Trails Foundation
- Piedmont Environmental Council
- Sauders Trail at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
- Botanical Garden of the Piedmont
- Run Charlottesville
I'd love to see more research and scholarly articles on Pokémon GO. Maybe I should come up with some ideas. :)
Pokémon Go and Research: Qualitative, Mixed Methods Research, and the Supercomplexity of Interventions
How nostalgic feelings impact Pokémon Go players–integrating childhood brand nostalgia into the technology acceptance theory
Exploring features of the pervasive game Pokémon GO that enable behavior change: qualitative study
Digital games get viral on social media: A social network analysis of Pokémon Go on Twitter
Pokémon GO! GO! GO! The impact of Pokémon GO on physical activity and related health outcomes
The race to escape: Location-based escapism and physical activity as a motivator in the consumption of the AR game Pokémon Go
How to Catch 'em All? An Investigation of Personality and Gameplay Styles in Pokemon Go
Systematic Literature Review on Health Effects of Playing Pokémon Go