So You Wanna Get a Grown Up Job…

Money is nice. From a young age money has always enticed us. Allowances, finding quarters on the ground, the first job mowing lawns. But its nice when your parents buy everything else and you save your money for an Xbox. I know that I had no clue all the bills that existed. 

To get money you need a job. To get a job you need an interview. To get an interview you need a resume. And repeat. I’m not an expert on getting a job but I think I have a good idea on how it works. 

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This will be a five part series so let’s start from the beginning – the resume.

  1. Start with a template. It might be generic but its a good start to later upload into your own format. 
  2. Make sure to have all your contact information. You’ll need your address (current and if you live at school), phone number, and address. 
  3. If you have a website add it. If you don’t have one maybe its time to make one. About.me is a good place to start. 
  4. An objective might not be important anymore. Unless you are going to change it every job application than you shouldn’t put it on there. 
  5. Education is key. If your GPA isn’t too high, don’t put it. There are other things that are important. 
  6. Use numbers. If you can put work experience in numbers put it in there. For example if you raised productivity by 30% it looks better than raised spirits.  Details and adjectives are also really important too.
  7. Show growth. On my resume I show that I started as a lowly catering staff member and worked my way up to Director of Marketing. It shows commitment and success.
  8. Try to show no blanks or lulls in experience. If you weren’t working in 1994 at least show you volunteered with the Red Cross.
  9. Include volunteer and after school activities. Volunteering at the bike drive might not have seemed cool but it looks awesome to employers. Plus maybe the HR lady was on the cross country club team too. It might give you a little boost in the process.
  10. Don’t lie, strongly word that stuff. Use great wording and you’ll nail it. 
  11. References are a thing of the past. 
  12. But formatting will always be key. Make sure every i is dotted and t is crosses. Image
  13. Lastly, make it interesting! You like kickboxing, add it. If you once built a nine foot tall lego creation, someone will be impressed.Image

Just to finish it all off here’s a checklist:

  • Do you have your contact information? – Name, address, phone, email, website
  • Any special skills?
  • Work experiences?
  • At least one form of numbered statistic?
  • At least two bullet points per experience?
  • Volunteer experience?
  • After school activities?
  • Any relevant school projects?
  • References if asked for?
  • Spell check. formatting, review.
  • Double review.

Good luck! You’ll need it. 

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Happy Hour – Grown Up Edition

In college happy hour went by a different day. Day drinking, going to the bar, grinding, well it was the same thing but a little better trashier. And then you learn about happy hour. Its glorious. You go and its not like you have homework, tests or club meeting. You just get to go with no worries.

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That being said there are a lot of different rules than taking shots at your college bar. 

  1. Never pay full price. Its called happy hour because you’re happy its not breaking the bank. Find a good deal whether it be Taco Tuesday or $1 beer night. Most places have one and most of them are pretty great. 
  2. Find a solid group. It can be coworkers, your bookclub, anything but make sure you enjoy the company. If you don’t like the people you are with its going to be like the dentist. You feel like you have to go but you don’t want to. Soon you’ll fade out and not get your satisfaction.  
  3. Pick a day of the week and go every week. It will give you something to look forward to all week and it takes the hassle out of planning. We go to Bar Louie on Wednesdays for $1 beers and half price appetizers. 
  4. Don’t talk about work. Its called happy hour not boring or miserable hour. Take a break and have fun. 
  5. Don’t gossip about coworkers especially if you are with coworkers. I don’t think I need to explain this one but I will. People will relay the gossip. You don’t want to do that.
  6. Be happy. Its in the name. 

This is one of the great perks of being an adult. Enjoy it!