I am 20 years old, and have been working multiple jobs since I was 16 years old. I thank my
lucky stars that I was fortunate enough to have those opportunities. One thing all that working
taught me, was how to be responsible. Figuring out how to balance everything has definitely been a challenge, but it all falls into place as long as you follow your schedule. I would love to share with you some of the things I have learned along the way.
The biggest step? Just getting out there girl! Make yourself known and show the world who you are. Before doing this is, really figure out your passions, your likes and dislikes. Don't go after a job you'll be miserable at, find one that fits best with where you are at right now and can grow into.
It is so important to make sure you work in different areas at each job to gain experience. Even if it is something you don’t think will benefit you in any way in the future, just stick to it. It may end up
helping you out when you least expect it. If nothing else, scrubbing toilets, will certainly allow for appreciation of how far you've come in the future.
If you are like me, and like to stay busy 24/7 then go for it, but remember to make time for you. This step is crucial so you don't arrive in burnt out land.
When life throws you curveballs, overcome them and be persistent. You never know if that curve ball is leading you to something better.
When you have an interview, just remember to dress professionally, be confident, and be
First impressions are often based off of appearance, so make sure to dress like you are
meeting the CEO of the company, even if you are just applying to be an assistant. Showing up to
an interview looking unkempt and messy, usually will not be a positive aspect of the interview.
Confidence is always key when interviewing. Your attitude is usually the second part of a first
impression. You don’t want to turn an interviewer off because you are being negative or shy.
Remember people like friendly and comforting people! Acting confident in both of these areas,
along with the knowledge requirements of the position, will usually give you some positive points in
Last but certainly not least, remember to be honest. If you don’t know the
answer to a question, be honest and say you don’t know the answer, but remember to suggest
a way to find the answer! Problem solving is a great way to redirect not knowing the answer. You never want to show an interviewer that you are just going to give up, but show them that you are willing to do whatever it takes.
Always remember to use your resources by asking questions, networking, social media,
and online hiring websites. Don’t be afraid to ask for references, and to make as many
connections as you can now.
Another way to gain experience for the future? Volunteering. There are plenty of places local to you and even places globally. Volunteering is a wonderful way to stretch yourself out of your comfort zone and network, especially for younger gals who haven't had the opportunity to work yet.
Ready to head out into the world? I hope these tips will be helpful to you along the way. I hope you show the world who’s boss and make goals for yourself. Set a pace and stick to it. If you become overwhelmed with things, just remember to breathe and get organized! You can do
this. Through it all, be your own role model and become one for others. Rock those interviews, and most importantly, remember to: get out there, be positive, be loving, be kind.
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