job search

God is SO Good!

Story time:

I went to dinner with my dad and some of his work buddies a week or two ago. I was worried about it being awkward and was especially worried about someone (or everyone) asking me about my job search and what I was doing now that I have graduated from Michigan State. But I went (for the food). 

I wasn’t feeling particularly hungry, probably because of the intense heat Southeast Michigan has been getting lately, but I tried to stay chipper. A man that my dad works with brought his wife as well and she was the first to ask me about my job search. She was intense and supportive but intense. I got really emotional and didn’t know what to say or how to feel about my current standing. I didn’t know what I wanted because working a full time job, behind a computer, doing something repetitive and boring didn’t seem fun. I wasn’t very motivated to look but I had so much else to do.

I was reorganizing my room and getting rid of everything I could in order to make space for my apartment furniture from school. My room is small and there’s not much space and I was stressed. I had so many things to do to prepare for my job search and felt like I was drowning in this adult world that wasn’t warm or friendly or fun. But it was just a rough patch. I was feeling hopeless being one of the many graduates looking for a job. And my job search wasn’t specific. I’m in communications, not nursing. But I tried to shake it off and let it go. Take her advice and try to apply it in a way that I could.

Later in the evening, her husband asked me about my search. He was much less intense and because this was the second time around with the same questions, I felt more comfortable (and less emotional). He told me that he had an uncle that was the CEO of a company and there may be an opening there. He told me to send him my resume and he’d pass it along. 

Within the week I got emails from that organization stating that they wanted to schedule an interview with me. 

I hadn’t applied for a single job. I hadn’t done any work yet to network and job search. This job found me.

I scheduled the interview for mid August and the next day I received another email asking if I was available next week (pushing the interview back one month). I was pleasantly surprised and a bit anxious about this news. Of course, I said I was available and we scheduled the interview for today.

I just got back home and felt overwhelmed with this feeling that I was exactly where I was supposed to be. No, it wasn’t in my plan. I didn’t apply for the position. But honestly, this job sounds like a complete dream. The people are lovely, the facility is incredible, they all seemed happy to meet me and spoke highly of me. This job is right up my alley in terms of what I want out of a company and out of a job and with what I’m good at. 

I swear, God gave me this opportunity on a silver platter. He knew I was ready for this interview even though I didn’t. He knew what I wanted when I had absolutely no idea. My entire life seems like it has prepared me for this job at this company and I couldn’t be happier (unless I got the job!) And I didn’t even have to apply. It’s the craziest thing. Sometimes, God really does throw curveballs and you have to be flexible and open to things that He gives you because they could be exactly what you need and what you were born to do.

And, of course, this may not work out. I may not get the job and I would be heart broken. But God has brought me to an interview that has helped me figure out what I want to do with my life and my degree. He has opened my eyes to things I wasn’t sure I could ever do or accomplish. So, even if this particular  job doesn’t work out, I am much better off than I was before it all began.

God is so good.


God bless,

Katie

Getting a Job In High School!

I have had a part time job consistently since I was 13! It was not easy to find places that would hire that young and it was really tough to manage time at first. Because I have experience, I thought I would put some tips together for anyone else in the same situation. 

Résumé: 

  • If you don’t have work experience, include volunteer work and extra curriculars. 
  • Explain the significance of your experience. Most employers won’t know much about volunteering or extra curriculars because they don’t have experience with that. Write a bulleted list of what your relevant responsibilities were and what skills you gained. 
  • Add sections like “awards” and “skills”, if you need to add more material to your resume. 
  • Don’t make your resume more than one page front and back. I take resumes all the time at work and it gets really tiresome reading a five page resume. Try to put only the most relevant information on! 
  • Have references ready. Even if you don’t want to include their information directly on the resume, make sure you know who can be a reference if they ask for one. You can use teachers if you don’t have job experience! 

Finding a Job: 

  • Know the youth labour laws in your state or province. Don’t bother applying for something you can’t legally do. Some places don’t let you handle cash until you are a certain age, and certain jobs are considered high risk, so people under 18 can’t apply. 
  • Ask around for places that hire younger employees! Ask your teachers and friends parents, etc. if they know of any places that hire younger people. I got my first real job when a friend’s mother told me that they hired younger than 16! 
  • Don’t lie about your age!!! It’s not worth it. 
  • Look for a job in a more casual, cash only setting. My first job was working at a farmer’s market when I was only 13. Try applying at farm stores or farmer’s markets because they don’t have as strict rules about age. 
  • Find connections. Applying at places where you can get a reference is really helpful. If you have a sibling or family friend who works somewhere, consider applying there to increase your likelihood. 

Time Management: 

  • Start working in the summer. If you start in the summer and work lots of hours, it is easier to decrease the amount of hours you want to work during school. Not a lot of places want to make a new hire that can only work 10 hours a week! 
  • Talk to your manager about workload. Discuss the number of hours you need, how to handle exams and other busy times, etc. Don’t just let the manager give you whatever they want without even trying to talk to them first! 
  • Talk to other employees who are in school. Ask them about their hours and how the manager responds to their needs with school. 
  • Ask for regular hours, if possible. 
  • Get your schedule as soon as possible. Plan your week around when you’re working ASAP, that way you won’t be surprised or frazzled when your shifts roll around. 
  • Make sure that you put schoolwork ahead of your job. Don’t avoid doing homework because you’ve been working that night. If you have a shift before a big test, try to trade it or talk to your boss. Its not worth an extra $40 in your bank account if you’re going to start letting your grades fall! 
  • If having a job is too stressful, just let it go. Some people determine their value/work ethic by whether or not they have a job. Its not that important! If you’re overly stressed or sacrificing your grades to work, its not worth the extra money or prestige. 

Feel free to reblog and add your own! 

5 common interview questions -- and how to answer them

An essential part of interview preparation is formulating answers to specific questions. And there are some standard questions that frequently come up during an interview. Here are five of the most common interview questions, as well as what the employer is looking for in your response.

1. Tell me about yourself
This is the most predictable yet sometimes the most frustrating of all interview questions. The interviewer has a copy of your résumé in front of her so why ask the question? This is simply your opportunity to present yourself in the best possible light.

For best results:

  • Focus on three or four areas within your résumé that are relevant to the job opening.
  • Be concise. Limit your moment in the spotlight to two or three minutes maximum.
  • Show enthusiasm. Hiring managers love a genuinely interested candidate.
  • Don’t get personal. Focus solely on your professional achievements. 

A vital element to interview preparation is researching the company, including its background, structure and current industry trends. Employers are most impressed by candidates who have taken the time to thoroughly investigate their brand. To stand out from the competition, always check current press releases or company updates on the morning of your interview to reiterate your enthusiasm and interest in the role.

2. What do you know about the company?
A vital element to interview preparation is researching the company, including its background, structure and current industry trends. Employers are most impressed by candidates who have taken the time to thoroughly investigate their brand. To stand out from the competition, always check current press releases or company updates on the morning of your interview to reiterate your enthusiasm and interest in the role. 

3. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
This is another favorite from the lineup of interview questions and answers. Responding to the strengths element of this question should be relatively straightforward if you have thoroughly analyzed the job posting and identified the key skills needed. By highlighting your personal strengths that most closely match the company’s needs, you are emphasizing your suitability for the role. When it comes to weaknesses, restrict it to just one. It’s not a trick question; everyone has weaknesses. The key is to demonstrate your willingness to work on improving them. Admitting to a weakness also shows a level of self-awareness.

4. Why do you want to leave your current position?/Why do you want this job?
Most candidates typically respond to this question by outlining what benefits they will gain from accepting a particular job. The employer ideally wants to know not only what the company can do for you but what you can do for the company. What aspects of your qualifications and experience will add value to the organization if you are offered this job? If you are currently employed but miserable in your present role, it is essential to focus on the benefits of joining the employer, rather than how terrible your predicament is. A negative attitude is one of the principal reasons that new employees fail to succeed in a new job.

5. Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Unless you’ve been peering into your crystal ball recently, it’s impossible to give an accurate answer to this question. What the employer is looking for is an indication of long-term commitment. If you are the preferred candidate, will their investment pay off? Your response should imply that you intend to stick around and grow your career with the company. You may also want to turn the tables and ask the hiring manager where she sees the company in five years’ time.

I’ve been asked all of these in interviews. Something I’ve also been asked is if I knew what the agency’s mission statement was. This is something many people overlook. Every law enforcement agency has a mission statement (usually found on their website) and you should take the time to memorize it. Sometimes crime labs will have a separate mission statement than the one for the main agency. Keep this in mind! This can also apply to jobs outside law enforcement. Be sure to look into whether the place you are interviewing for has a mission statement or not. It’s also good to know general history of the company (example: when it was founded and by who), know who the current CEO or president is, etc.

Good luck out there!

@fuckyeahforensics

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