Finally I have part two of my job search series! You can see what I talked about in how I bullet journal for work, as well as bullet journaling for job searching before the interview piece. Career development is one of my side passions and I think it comes across in this particular video – I highly recommend watching the video and then referring to this blog post – because there’s a lot that I convey via the video that is hard to translate to written form. Use what will help you (bullet journaler or not!), and leave what will not. As a faculty member of mine once wrote, “I offer this humbly, perhaps too late to be considered, too early to make sense, or misses the mark.” Enjoy and absolutely share your thoughts at the end!
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Okay, so you’ve done some soul searching and you can identify your own strengths, skills, interests, and proud job moments. You’ve been meeting with interesting people and learning about fields or jobs that you’re curious about. And now you’re ready to apply for some jobs. Now what?
One way is to keep track of your job applications with a bullet journal spread. The columns I have here are:
Other things you could include would be:
When you get a job description, save it somewhere. Save the PDF, copy it into Word, write it in your bullet journal – something! Because you need the description to customize your resume and cover letter. If I’m honest, there are few times where you can use the same exact resume and cover letter for a job – each company and job is different, the words they use are different, and it shows that you are trying to fit their needs by adapting your materials. Some thoughts on resumes and cover letters:
This is a LOT but I swear it will help you take your application to the next level!
There is a lot I’ll say about the things you should do to prepare for the interview – watch the video to hear them all, but here are a few of my key tips as you start a new spread for each job interview.
My students will tell you I can make almost anything into an analogy about dating. But for real, job searching is like dating. You should have done some work in that first post about who you are, what strengths you have, what you value in a job – and that allows you to be a little smarter about what job you move into. Don’t cast a wide net just to hope you catch anything – you don’t want just any job, and that is OKAY. You don’t need to apologize for knowing what it is you want. That’s why all these steps are important, and why I encourage people to do informational interviews (one to ones) all the time – you can be judicious about where you consider spending your limited heartbeats.
In that vein, it’s hard to show up always as your authentic self. As I wrote about recently, it is flipping HARD to be fully yourself. Especially when you feel SO much pressure to be or look a certain way. It took me a long time to accept the fact that I will never feel like myself in a suit – it is not who I am and frankly I don’t want to work in places where it’s the norm. So I don’t. Find out from friends or other research to see what the dress code is – so you can look nice and put together, but not necessarily in one prescribed outfit.
Give yourself the permission to show sneak peeks of your true personality, humor, passion, quirks throughout the process. We all get a little bored with the same cookie-cutter status quo with a matching padfolio – perhaps YOU are the key to this position’s next step, success. Find ways to show that because it allows the interviewers to connect to you as a human being! And ultimately you want to work at a place that honors who YOU are and what you bring. You know, like dating.
Hopefully I’ve offered some thoughts of value to you today! I’d love to hear your questions, thoughts, reflections down below. Is there anything I’ve missed? I’d love to add more pieces to this huge, robust topic!