Job Finding Tips: Start With What You Like

So how can a girl who has not found a new job write a series of posts about landing one?  How do we even know that these tips are going to work, Claire?  Well, I don’t.  But I do have faith that at some point in the near (or far) future, I’m going to have some kind of answer to what comes next… even if it means I start making jewelry for a living. 

Job Finding Tip #1: Start with What You Like

The Saturday after I got the news Friday afternoon, I made a list of all the things I love to do. It looked something like this.  Exercise, Writing, Cooking, Shopping at J.Crew, Reading, Drinking Coffee.

With that list, I decided to start my job search.  Maybe, just maybe, something on that list could become a job.  Since only one of the items actually named a business– I started there.

You see, I love J.Crew.  I do. There really isn’t anything they don’t do well.  So naturally, when I became an adult, and had my own (however measly) income, it became one of the only stores I would spend time in.  And I like being in there.  Pastel colors.  Soft materials.  Friendly people.  What’s not to like?  Unfortunately,  I’ve never worked in retail.

Right away, I called my favorite J.Crew associate and set-up a coffee date.  I asked her all my questions about working at J.Crew.  What’s the discount?  How are the hours?  What do you love about your job?  What do you hate?   As it turns out, I wasn’t meant for retail.  Straightening, folding, and organizing clothes?  Lady… I can barely get my own from the laundry room to the drawer.

It felt good to eliminate at least one option.

What about you?  Are there things you like that could never be a viable career?  Have you thought about going to work at Starbucks because you like coffee, or Jeni’s because you love ice cream?