March 28, 2011

Hired!

Today I start my new job. I am nervous since it’s all new to me but I think this will be a really great position for me. Hopefully it all goes well.

During my job search I came across a couple of fun blogs that are geared towards careers that I wanted to share with you.
This is a great website with all different types of tips regardless of whether you’re employed or not, still in college or in the workforce, or female or male, young or old. There are a lot of guest posts so you get tips from all types of people.

One of my favorite quotes is from an article called “What to Do When You Hate Your First Job”: There is only ONE person that’s in charge of your career, and that is YOU. Ignore the masses, analyze your reasons for wanting to move on, make a decision and stick with it.

I hated my first job. I didn’t hate the work; it was more the company culture and the management style that I couldn’t deal with anymore. I made the decision to walk away with nothing lined up. While I don’t recommend that, if you can do it then go for it. I know people (including myself) get hung up on the salary number. One great piece of advice on the website is to not be a paycheck player. This is basically choosing a job solely based on the salary. It is so easy to think that a big salary is everything you need from a job but believe me, it is not! I believe life is too short to be doing something that you don’t love so while the pay may be great, is your quality of life suffering? If so, you may want to consider finding something else.
This blog gives advice on job searches, office etiquette, and business chic fashion. Anna, who writes the blog, is a recent (like on Saturday) MBA graduate and provides a lot of great insight on the professional world.

She has a feature called Monday Motivation which is a great way to start your week. She will usually have theme for that Monday or share some useful links. One thing she has been stressing lately is networking. It is really important to network with everybody you meet. You never know who you will come into contact with and what opportunities be arise. It’s always a good idea to have a calling card or business card on you in case you meet somebody.
If you don’t have one already, I recommend getting a LinkedIn profile. I applied for a couple of jobs where they asked me to include a LinkedIn profile if I had one. While I do have one, I wouldn’t say it is filled out to its potential so I didn’t include it. If you have never heard of LinkedIn, it is a social network website used for professional networking. You can post your work experience and get more in-depth than on your resume. You have “connections” which are your friends, co-workers, basically anybody you want in your network that can help with your professional advancement. I think if you use it correctly it can be a great tool.
Hope you all have a great week!
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7 comments:

Heather Frost said...

So happy you got a job (: I hope it turns out to be the best job and more. I hated my first job too and it ended up leaving it! I'm definitely going to check out the links you posted.
http://heatherfrostx.blogspot.com/

moderndaywife said...

Congrats on your new job, I agree LInked In rocks and those websites look very helpful :-)

Sarah Elizabeth said...

congrats on your new job girl!!

Kelly-Marie said...

Congrats on the new job. I'll be so glad to get one, but it seems that no one is hiring here. I'm definitely going to check out the blogs you posted. :) Have a fantastic day!

Michelle said...

Congrats on your new job! Hope you're having a great first day!

pittsburghprepster said...

Congrats and best of luck on your new job! Thanks for sharing these blogs too, they are adorable!

Kim said...

Good luck and congrats at the new job!! You will be great!

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