Professional Progress Report – Milestone Review, Year 2 of 5

In one month, I’ll have been with my present company for two years as a software tester. Every year around this time I like to look back and see whether or not I’m on track in relation to my five-year plan. Having a five-year plan is important, not only do managers ask you this during your interview, but it’s a good thing to have to make sure you’re progressing towards a goal rather than just droning on day to day surviving the daily grind. For me, my five-year plan has always involved positioning myself such that I’m on the right path to getting into management.

In my first year at the company, my focus was mainly on proving my worth to my manager, lead, and the people who worked with me. In that regards I believe I was successful in accomplishing that. Not only did my manager recognize my hard work and dedication, but my colleagues also noticed my passion and drive to make sure things are done correctly. I built strong bonds with the people I work with daily and ultimately grew a lot in that first year. The project at the end of that first year carried shortly into my second year, as well as many new challenges.

My goal for year two was to be more involved and hopefully be recognized officially for my merit. This second year, I delivered my primary project, delivered a short flow project with a two month timeline, oversaw the stabilization of a program on fire, assisted in a high priority delivery, and was involved in two components of new development for my primary customer. During review season, I thought surely this increased workload, successful track record, and how hot the programs were would give me a good shot at receiving a promotion based on merit. Unfortunately, things don’t always happen the way we think they will. To be fair, my manager gave me a pretty solid review and I was recognized twice this year for performance, but not receiving what I felt I deserved stung a bit. I’m not going to compare myself to other people in the company because I don’t know their full contributions or what the other managers factored in, but I was left questioning what else they wanted to see out of me. All I got from my manager when I asked him what more I could have done was him saying to keep doing what I was doing and we’ll come back to this again next year.

So at the end of year two, I’m still stuck at level one. I’m a level one that spends half my day correcting  and guiding level twos, threes, fours, and fives with them wondering who the hell this level one is and why is he telling me what to do. I’m a level one with the passion that is lost on those above me. Ultimately I’m a level one wondering if maybe I should have been more vocal or demonstrative about my contributions to the company. At the end of the day, I’m the level one who isn’t going to give up due to a temporary road block.

How does this play into my five-year plan? I’m not the type to jump ship when something doesn’t go my way. Ultimately in this third year, my focus will be getting the other managers, not just in my department, to recognize what I have to offer as a leader. Luckily for me, I was tasked to be a subject matter expert for a part of our system. I’ve used that opportunity with the fact that our customer generally always buys the latest features we have to offer to show what I can do with new knowledge. With this title, I’m in charge of helping my colleagues when they have issues and teach them if they haven’t dabbled in this part of our system before. I’ve also started documentation to give them a reference point to use as a jump-start to understand the system rather than have to learn by fire, one of the biggest challenges of black box testing. Outside of my responsibilities, I’ve been organizing priorities for the developers in terms of which programs are hot, a task they were doing over word of mouth rather than via a calendar. I’ve been synchronizing the communications between project managers of various programs and engineering so that everyone is on the same page and less time is wasted with repetitive questions to the developers and testers who need to focus on what they’re doing.

Who knows? Maybe this year I’ll open more eyes and cement a path leading to a management position. Personally, I think I have a lot to contribute given the opportunity. My biggest obstacles right now are probably my youth, the company culture, and my impatience.

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My Foray Into Yoga – An Attempt To Exercise Keeping An Open Mind

As I was saying in my last post, one of my goals for this year is to be more social and open to trying new things. One of my regrets after graduating college was not exploring more and being more open to things. I’m pretty stubborn when it comes to knowing what I do and don’t like. As such, trying yoga was a challenge for me to practice keeping an open mind because in the past, I had already flagged it as something that I wouldn’t like.

Why yoga? One of my coworkers and I spend a lot of time after work hanging out. Most of what she and I do are fitness related, i.e, gym, running, basketball, etc. I noticed most of the time what we do is mainly things that are either convenient for both of us, or something I initiate. As such, I decided to take one for the team since she kept saying she wanted to get back into yoga. Along with this, I’d heard stories of professional athletes that said yoga helped them with their balance and flexibility. Due to how much I had been lifting and an ill-timed shoulder strain that restricted me from doing anything lifting related, I decided to give yoga a try so that I could restore some flexibility and give my shoulder a break.

After talking it over with my coworker and ordering what I needed, we decided on doing hot yoga at Purple Yoga in Tustin because they have a two-week, unlimited classes intro package for $29. Instead of easing into it, I jumped right into their red classes, which is the advanced class conducted in a room set to 100 degrees. In the course of two weeks I attended four classes with three different instructors. Instructor one was Melody, probably a bad instructor to go to if you’re brand new and not sure of what you’re doing. Her class was the most challenging out of all the classes I tried because it incorporated a lot of hand plants/upper body stability/head stands. Instructor two was Alex.  Alex’s classes seem to be focused a lot on stretching out your back, shoulders, and lower body. Instructor three was Ace who focused a lot on balance, lower body, and hip stretching. All three instructors are nice and patient, but Melody’s class is definitely not a beginner friendly class.

I remember going into these classes with an open mind. The greatest challenge was keeping an open mind as my body was struggling to keep the poses. One of my most hated things to do during high school was to stretch before and after cross-country and track practices. Yoga reminded me of why I dreaded it so much. Mentally I don’t have an endurance type mentality. I thrive on my competitive personality. In races I had a chaser mentality, if I had people to target, I would be able to push harder. If I was left alone, it’d be harder to kick it into the next gear. Yoga requires a lot of endurance as you hold poses for periods of time while focusing on form, balance, and extension. It isn’t competitive, there’s nothing to chase, and for me, each second felt like an eternity in that 100 degree room.

So what did I learn after the last two weeks? First off and unfortunately, I was right about not liking yoga. There’s nothing wrong with yoga itself. Yoga just doesn’t cater to what I would rather do for an hour-long workout. Secondly, if you were an athlete in high school or college, many of the common poses are things you’ve done before or based on things you’ve done for stretches or conditioning training. Lastly, yoga isn’t for everyone, but if you end up liking it, it seems like a lifestyle choice. I agree with the professional athletes when it comes to some of the benefits of yoga. The poses definitely can help you work on your flexibility, fix your posture, and help work on your balance.

If you’ve never tried it and you’re in the OC area, give Purple Yoga a shot. They have a friendly staff and they allow you to go at your own pace. Thanks for reading. Feel free to comment.

The New Guy Roller Coaster

So these last two weeks have been a really up and down time for me at work. That’s the main reason why I didn’t have time or the motivation to post in that time. At the beginning of last week, the project I was working on was ahead of schedule. By the middle of last week, I felt like my project was in the gutter. Thankfully due to the help of my coworkers as well as the additional hours I put in, my project is all good again.

What did I learn from the last two weeks?
First off, at no time in any of my jobs have I ever been afraid of failing and the consequences of failing. The biggest reason why my project brought about this fear is because our client will be here next week to walk through our acceptance testing. This project, being my first “solo” assignment, is very important because if all goes well, I will have passed the first test in the eyes of all my managers. It also helps prove to myself that I am starting to know what I am doing at work.

On Monday, my project was back up and running. From then on, my focus was on becoming more confident in what I was doing, what I knew about my project, and how I answered my superiors when asked about the progress I was making. By today, I noticed that my project manager seemed to have more faith in me and was asking other leads to start training me in things that show long-term promise. I can’t help but feel a little accomplished because my project manager is one of those “no bullshit” type of people. If my project manager thinks you are incapable of performing a task, you won’t be asked to do anything, let alone given the opportunity to learn new things.

In summary, I feel good about how this week ended. Ultimately I want to keep up this confidence I’ve built and channel it into a good thing. I decided to document everything I’m learning so that future new hires in my department will have an easier time picking up the skills they will need to confidently go about their work. In the end, I’m just thankful that everything worked out in the end. I still have a lot of pressure on my project, but I’m pretty sure I can handle it from here on out.

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Taxes, Their Effect On Your Budget

This week I finally got my time sheets processed and saw the resultant pay slips for the scheduled payments. I was quite shocked by the amount of my paycheck (33%) that ended up going to taxes, social security, and various other fees. It isn’t that it’s any surprise, I had income tax calculated for federal and state before I accepted my offer. But actually seeing it and feeling the sadness that comes with knowing Uncle Sam has come to collect makes it feel more real.

So how does this affect my budget? Well, my coworkers who get paid monthly say they miss being paid weekly and that being paid weekly allows you more financial flexibility. In my opinion, it’s all the same. So what if you get paid weekly versus monthly. At the end of the day, you’re still getting paid the same amount, just at different times. Rent is still due when it’s due. Bills, mortgages, and any other monthly expenses also come once a month. What really matters is that you don’t spend more than you make, and that you save some of what you make for a rainy day. As long as you have the discipline to differentiate between your needs and your wants, then the frequency of your pay makes no difference. What does matter is how much you pay in taxes and maximizing your deductions so that you aren’t paying more than you have to.

I know that sounds bad, but honestly Uncle Sam will just collect later on. The first piece of advice is putting aside money in a retirement fund. For me, my company offers 401k plans with vested matching up to a certain point. I hear I can also buy an IRA account. All of these things help me save money for my future in addition to reducing how much money I end up paying in taxes right now. What hurts the most is being a single full-time worker. For those of you who don’t know, single people get taxed the most. By putting aside money for retirement, I will be reducing how much money I have to spend now. This means that although I’m making more than I’ve ever made in my life, it doesn’t mean I will be able to go out and buy whatever I want, when I want. I still have to have a fixed budget for going out, food, and commuting expenses. In addition to these, I need to subtract the costs of rent, utilities, and other monthly expenses that come on a regular basis. As much as I would like to think I have a lot of extra money, Uncle Sam haunts my wallet in another way, college loans. After all these things are considered, I don’t have much money on the side to splurge with. So in the end, the lesson is to outline all your financial obligations, investments, and compare that to what you make. Only after seeing the big picture will you understand how much money you have left over to save or spend. Up to you.

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Office Clown, What’s New?

This post is just a quick update on how I’m doing at my new job.

So it’s now halfway through week 3 at my job. I think I’ve established myself to be one of our office clowns. Overall I think everyone has fun in our lab when we aren’t stressing over a deadline or a spontaneous requirement from our managers but I will admit sometimes I’m a little over the top with my jokes. I don’t go far enough to break any rules, but yeah sometimes the joke just goes a little too far. Oh well, it’s all in good fun.

In terms of my responsibilities so far, I have one project assigned to me for now as I train. From what my managers and coworkers tell me, I should enjoy the light workload while it lasts because soon I will be juggling many responsibilities at the same time. On the other hand, my coworker who is now a manager, tells me that I will indeed be traveling once I get my new projects. This bit of news is exciting for me because I’ve only been to Taiwan, Indianapolis, and California in my life. Hopefully the places I go to will be fun and I’ll have time to explore, but either way, it’s still an adventurous activity to look forward to.

In terms of what I do outside of work, I’m back on my weight lifting routine. The only unfortunate part about moving is that I had to transfer my Gold’s Gym membership to my friend and sign up for 24 hour fitness. The quality of the gyms differs by quite a bit. For just a little more, Gold’s offered towel service, more up to date machinery (cardio and weights), larger quantity of weights, and overall it looks better in terms of decor. Instead of lifting in the afternoon, I’ve been lifting before work with my coworker. I’m also trying to figure out when the basketball courts are and aren’t busy so I can spend some time tuning my game before trying to play with people I don’t know. Other than that, I’ve been trying to make new friends at work as well as reconnect with friends from college who are still in the area. Either way, life is pretty busy now that I a full-time job.

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Reflections On My First Day

Monday was my first day at work. I am writing this at 11 pm and scheduling the posting to be released on Tuesday. Anyways, Today was my first day working full time for an engineering company. At the present pace I’m working, the 40 hour work week will definitely not exist.

Training
Aside from the hour I spent with HR, there wasn’t really that much time put aside to train me. Most of what I was told was mainly outlines of how we go about setting up our equipment so that we can simulate the environment it would operate in. The rest of the day’s information came from answers to random questions I would have while working on something or observing a certain task. Other than that, they threw me into the lion’s den and told me to go at it.

Tasks
For the majority of the day I spent my time setting up a test rack. There were a few hours where I was just shadowing one of my co-workers while he prepared for a dry run. Other than that I was just high cost physical labor. I didn’t mind the work because it was an easy way to break myself into the work environment as well as get to know my fellow teammates. We got free lunch today because a client was scheduled to come in but cancelled last minute. Tomorrow I will be spending time hooking up the test rack to our power supplies and watching whatever happens in the lab. Next Monday will be new hire orientation. Our company only had five people brought in this week so they wanted a bigger group for the orientation session.

Looking back
A ten hour first day wasn’t what I had in mind going in. In truth I don’t mind working long days. I think my body just needs to adjust to this system as well as get used to waking up at 6 AM and not having the option to nap when I want. I also think I need to bring in some sort of caffeine to fight off the morning drowsiness. Overall I like the people I work with. They’re all a lively bunch which is interesting because sometimes there’s down time but having them tell jokes or workplace stories really helps pass the time while we’re waiting or working on something else. There was mention of giving me more responsibility in a week or two over certain projects, but I think by that time I’ll have seen enough and taken enough notes to handle that. Until then, I’ll just keep learning.

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The Steps I’ve Taken, Moving Forward

In this post I want to reflect on the steps I’ve taken throughout my life as well as plot out a the upcoming steps I have yet to take and overcome. Thankfully, my job search has ended. I agreed to an offer last week that met my expectations and exceeded my expectations at the same time. I just want to thank those of you who read my blog and offered advice. Like I’ve said in previous posts, all forms of advice are appreciated because it helps me look at things from an outside perspective. At the end of the day, I hope nothing goes wrong with this offer. A few of my friends have stumbled upon unfortunate circumstances regarding the hiring process and I hope to avoid that if I can.

So what have I done so far in my life?

For many of us, our true first steps are overlooked. Once against I’d like to refer to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs for my first steps.

Physiological – breathing, food, water, sleep.
Safety – security of body, family, health, property, and morality.
Love/belonging: friendship, family, etc.
Esteem: self-esteem, confidence, achievement, respect of others, respect by others.
Self-actualization – morality, creativity, problem solving, lack of prejudice, acceptance of facts.

For the first three, the base of the pyramid, I thank my parents for securing those so that I could overcome these obstacles that others may not have the luxury of overcoming. As for the last two, I leave that to the journey of life. Many of us go through life thinking it’s about what we do, but they overlook the importance of having our basic needs met first before we can develop. After these are met, then we can have the luxury of spending time to develop and find who we are as well as who we want to be.

The next steps I’ve overcome were graduating high school and getting into college. Finishing school was never a struggle for me. I spent most of my time goofing off in class and not studying. I didn’t have the need to study that much when I was in high school because the pace was so slow and the text books basically spoon fed how to approach problems. For me, the biggest challenge of my life was engineering school itself.

College took me four years and two quarters to overcome. While I was in college, I struggled with the initial transition, getting my GPA up, and ultimately making sure I understood what was being taught by the professor. I admit, if I had applied myself more in college and chose to study rather than socialize or exercise, then I’d have a high GPA. Instead my college week could be broken down like this: 16 hours of work a week, 18 to 23 hours of class and lab, and 12 to 15 hours of basketball. I would only sit down and study days before a midterm or final, I never developed the habit of reviewing everyday. In my past, I never had the need. But at the end of this journey, I have no regrets. My ability to learn on my own was honed through this challenge, ultimately I think that’s the biggest take away of college.

Following college was the job hunt. My job hunt lasted 181 days. Just a few days short of exactly six months(5 months, 28 days) since I graduated. Overall, this experience was humbling. Interviews require you to expose a little bit of yourself to strangers and hope that they judge you to be good enough to want you in their team. After nine rejections, I was finally accepted.

So what now?

The next steps in order are pay off Uncle Sam for my college loans, graduate school at some point, save for a house, and then I don’t know. Life will do its thing and I’ll respond to it. I’ll just take each day one step at a time and learn from the experience.

Once again, thanks to those of you who have shared your input as well as the silent readers. I will continue to blog as much as I can, but I can’t promise I’ll ever talk about work in my blogs.

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The Jitters

So the idea of working full time is starting to hit me full on. I don’t mind working full time, I’ve worked 40+ hour weeks before. What is starting to make me nervous is the amount of technical knowledge my new job requires. I’m not saying that I don’t have faith in my skill set or my ability to think, I just don’t want to do a bad job at such an important time in my life. Compared to all of my previous jobs and projects, this software testing engineering job makes them all look like cake walks.

Retail and its challenges
I started working in retail my senior year of high school. The things I learned from retail were pretty simple. Approach a person with confidence, make suggestions or play on their uncertainty, be firm and convincing and you’ll make a sale. The hardest part of retail work is dealing with difficult customers.  At the end of the day I was a winter seasonal so if I wanted to, I could’ve just blown off those difficult customers, but I wanted to do a good job and try to please everyone. Nothing was too challenging in the 4 years I worked the season as a sales and engraver.

IT/Computer Technician
Working in a vice chancellor’s department at school was interesting. I was only slightly nervous when I started because I didn’t have much networking experience in large settings, but it proved to be easy to pick up for me. My past experience fixing computers and electronic devices for family, friends, and teachers proved to be more than enough to land me a job in this field, being a computer engineering major only made my troubleshooting process a lot easier. Combining the communication skills I honed in retail allowed me to be personable and befriend the people I supported very quickly. The main challenge of this job was dealing with director level people who were too busy to grant me the proper amount of time to do my job. Their rushed schedule in addition to some short tempers/lack of patience were the only things I needed to worry about. Everything else about this job was just a test of my own patience and understanding of people.

Engineering and on
So now I’m an engineer. The complexity of my job probably isn’t as high as it could be yet, but it still requires more from me compared to my past jobs. My main concern is under performing. I want to learn how the team conducts itself and how they do things in the process of testing. This means I don’t want to develop bad habits early and I don’t want to do less than what I’m capable of. My unnecessary worry revolves around any unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances that may come up that may lead to early termination. I don’t think it’ll happen, but no one does right? Unfortunately this has wrongly happened to a few of my friends recently which probably is the reason why I feel this worry. But I need to get past this because it isn’t something I have any control over.

Overall I’m excited for this new opportunity in my life. When I got home from moving yesterday I laughed because Amazon finally contacted me about an interview for a position I applied for in July. That would’ve been an interesting test of my skill set, but I’m taken and I can’t do it. Who knows, maybe in the future?

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Living Within Your Means, Views Of A New Young Professional

Okay, like I said in my last post, I am busy moving this week. Yesterday I spent the majority of my day moving my belongings out of my parent’s house with the help of my dad and buying some furniture for the living room of my apartment. So far it’s no bueno. My IKEA sofa bed has a faulty hinge that I need to get replaced and I still need a fridge. The amount of money that is flying out of my wallet right now is the inspiration for this post. What I’m learning from this experience is that moving for a new job is really expensive. For me, I’m only moving about 50 miles away from home, but this move is taking a big chunk out of my savings before I’m even making any money.

So why am I writing about living within your means?
Well, the assistant manager of my apartment community and I were talking about how some of his applicants move in with bad credit which requires them to put down 2 months rent as their security deposit. He briefly stated that in the area we were in, housing is extremely expensive, but 15 miles north of us, housing is significantly cheaper. People however choose to move into the nicer area even though it’ll eat up the majority of their income. For you young professionals that have yet to move, the general rule of thumb regarding how much you can afford for rent is 1/3 of your monthly income. It shouldn’t go above that number. For me, I’m fortunate to be an engineering graduate, but I’m unfortunate that my workplace is located in such an expensive housing area. I have never in my life paid this much for rent, but it’s also because I’m renting a 1 bedroom apartment.

Why is moving so expensive?
Moving can be cheaper and it can be much more expensive as well. After taking out first month’s rent and your security deposit, the costs of moving are entirely up to you. If you want to save money, do it yourself and borrow a van or a truck from a friend. This way, all you really have to pay for is gas and lunch for your friend. If you don’t have that luxury or know of anyone with a truck/van, then renting a truck gets pricey. The distance of your move also matters as well. For me, 50 miles isn’t too bad, it’s about $10 of gas money one way, so $20 round trip. My friend however made the move to Seattle, shipped his belongings in a moving capsule, and then proceeded to road trip up to Seattle. I can only imagine what his final costs were, but lucky for him his company gave him relocation assistance.

Besides the cost of moving comes the costs related to furnishing the new residence. In college I used the bed I had since 1995, I’m still using that bed. Other than that, I only have a couple of folding tables, and one of those small $20 coffee tables from IKEA. Moving into my own place means I needed to furnish it. I could have gone the creative route and mad my furniture or lived frugally for a while, but I decided to make the initial investment in a sofa bed and a few other items for my living room. What I couldn’t avoid spending money on was pots and pans, plates and bowls, utensils, and eventually a fridge. All in all, I’m set to spend ~$600 on things for my kitchen.

So how does this relate to living within your means?
Like I said above, for my first salary, I’m doing pretty well for myself. But the unfortunate reality is that most Americans aren’t engineers, doctors, lawyers, or scientists. Not everyone has saved the majority of their income and has a savings account to pay for move in, furniture, and other household needs. So what does that mean? Before you consider moving into a place, figure out how much you can afford to spend on housing. Look for places slightly below that range because you’ll need to remember to put down a security deposit. If you have savings to buy furniture, then go for it. If you don’t, then do what my parents did when they first moved from college, live with little to nothing and start saving. Americans of the greatest generation were big savers looking to put aside something for their kids. Around the 80’s or as I like to call it, the marketing/free credit era, Americans lost their ability to discern needs versus wants. Marketing people then began to go from convincing us that we need something, to telling us we need something. At the end of the day, I didn’t need a sofa bed, but I do need a fridge to store my food.

How do I live within my means?
So the first thing I did after securing a place was create my monthly budget. I took my monthly income and subtracted all the unavoidable monthly commitments such as rent, utilities, consumables (food, hygiene products, toiletries, gas), and loan repayments. After all that was accounted for, I took the remainder and set aside 70% as my savings for a future house or a rainy day fund, and the other 30% is what I’m allowed to spend when I want to go out or when I want to buy something I want but don’t need. For those of you thinking “what’s the point of making money if you don’t spend your money?,” I do enjoy spending money, but I also know the fear of being close to broke. I think this fear changes people and makes them never want to feel it again. In a sense this fear makes sure that I live within my means because not knowing if I’ll be able to buy food or gas is very stressful.

So I hope whoever is reading this either relates to what I’m doing right now, or takes my experience to heart and can learn something from it. The true costs of moving to a new place around your area is around 1 months rent plus $500 security deposit and about $500 more for miscellaneous things you need for the new place. If you’re moving long distance, then I’m not quite sure how much more it is, but overall the same basic costs apply.

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Lessons I’ve Learned From Job Hunting

So I guess I’ll make it official, I’m no longer unemployed. I received an offer on the 20th, and I start on the 7th. This means this week I may not be posting much due to moving to a new apartment as well as other family affairs.

What have I learned in the last 6 months?

First off, job hunting is a long mentally trying ordeal. Naturally there were times when I felt frustrated, but I never lost hope. The key thing most college graduates that are job hunting need to know is that we’re not competing exclusively with other college graduates for entry level positions, we’re also competing with the entry level workers who have been recently laid off or are looking for a pay raise by switching companies. So for those of you who are reading this and aren’t in college anymore, it’s probably too late to get an internship. What you can do instead is devote yourself to a project in your free time. Use that as a conversational driver in your interviews. Fully invest yourself in it and your passion will show when you’re in an interview. The x-factor in interviewing these days is being able to impress the team you’re interviewing with so that they envision themselves working with you and they can see what happens when you’re passionate about what you do.

Secondly, don’t be overly selective when applying to jobs. The key thing is applying to a job where you can do the work and in return the job stimulates you through the challenges of the task. I’ve met a lot of people in my life who hate their job. They say their job is boring, that it doesn’t challenge or interest them, and that they dislike the people they work with. When you’re applying and interviewing for jobs, take these things into account. A company’s culture and the people you surround yourself with 40 hours a week matters. If you end up hating your job, well that’s too bad because you’re stuck for at least a year to a year and a half. Any shorter period of time reflects poorly on you when future employers see it on your resume. People always tell others to do what they love, but the odds of you finding work regarding something you love is slim. If I did what I loved, then I’d be the first 5’9″ Asian in the NBA. But that’s not going to happen. Instead, people need to tell others to do what interests them. Suggesting this is more realistic than telling people to pursue what they love or dream for. After all, a dream is called a dream for a reason. It’s a far stretch. Don’t get me wrong, some dreams can be accomplished, but as a new college graduate, the odds of that are slim.

Lastly, stay confident and believe in yourself. If you graduated from school whether it’s trade school, college, or anything else, you have the skills necessary to do what you studied. After my interviews I would always ask myself how can I improve myself so that I could do better in the future. Some of the things I did paid off, some of it didn’t. In the end, I still spent a lot of my free time learning and reviewing things I felt were necessary to perform the jobs I was applying for. Keep that in mind and mention it in interviews. By doing this, your interviewer will know that they will be hiring a person who will constantly improve rather than just stay stagnant.

These three points are the best way to sum up my approach to job hunting. I also want to thank all of the people who gave me advice and encouragement. Hopefully those of you job hunting have people to support you as well.

 

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