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Moving Into A New Job

September 14, 2009

packing Rob and I sat down together to write a blog this afternoon…and we came up with nothing. I tried to sit there and think, what do I have in common with Rob? Me, a 26 year old female and Rob, a 35 year old male. Not much in common, besides a love for Chipotle and LOST. Then it hit me. Both Rob and I had both recently moved, and what a pain it was for the both of us. We had both been complaining about all of our hardships and telling the amusing stories to co-workers of how anything that could possibly have gone wrong, went wrong. Then we realized how much moving could really be compared to your search for a job. Sometimes searching for the perfect job can be as difficult as searching for that perfect house…but usually totally worth it!

If you are looking to move to a new apartment or condo, you may very well have to contact potential references to give you the reference you need to get the apartment. When job searching, it is imperative to have at least 3 good references that have worked with you in the past. In either case, you want to make sure your references know you well and are informed that you are using them as a reference. You don’t want them to be caught off guard!

Before you make a decision to move into an unfamiliar area, you will need to get an idea of the social structure of the neighborhood, driving distances, locations of facilities that you need, etc… When searching for a job that is a good fit for you, you will need to look into multiple facets of the position that you are interested. You may want to learn if a position offers, Daycare, insurance, is it a high risk position, will you be working as part of a team or mostly alone, etc…either way, you need all the info before making this huge commitment.

Now on to the next step. The one that everyone hates the most: Packing. Which if you think about it, is very similar to the process of creating your resume. It can be a pain to sort through all of the little things in your in your life and to try and get them to fit nice a neat into a box. You may find yourself throwing some items out. While others you favor and put forth extra care while packing them. When creating your resume you will need to sort through your past experiences and decide what will be included. Then, sort through the history and organize all of the information into a one to two page package. This can take time to create, but is necessary for you to put your best foot forward.

Getting to know your neighbors could be associated with networking. You would get to know each person’s personality, hobbies and traits. While networking for the job, you would get to know basically the same characteristics as your neighbor but you will keep in mind the synergy that you could have in a work environment. In either meeting new neighbors, or expanding your network, in both cases, you will have some new allies on your side.

If you really think about it, searching for a new job is exactly like packing up your life and moving to a new place. Both involve lots of planning, preparation, and change. So next time you sit down to start applying to jobs, and find yourself thinking that this is too much work, think about how much MORE work it would be to pack up 30 years worth of clutter in your basement.

Ann & Rob

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