Life is only as good as your mindset

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” — William Shakespeare

The bard with the beard makes an excellent point. Sometimes I see all these lifestyle blogs and different articles with quotes like, “One positive thought in the morning can change your entire day.” Is it true? To some extent I believe it is. Positive thinking is a powerful tool for anyone to have and use in their everyday life. But the question is, “Is it easy?” Absolutely not.

Some people seem to radiate positivity and you might be asking yourself (as I do), “how do they do that every day? How do they seem to not ever have a bad day.” The real answer is, they of course, have bad days, but they probably have more positive ways of coping with it.

Second question: How do I do that?

Being more positive is something I have personally been trying to work on for a long time. In my first job search after I graduated, I had some luck here and there with interviews, but in the end, I had applied to over 300 jobs before I landed my first part-time advisor position. Despite being automated from HR, reading rejection email after rejection email takes a toll on your spirit. And then of course, the rest of life is happening around you; family, friends, bills to pay, car repairs, student loans, kids, spouse, whatever…it all seems to pile up at once, and always when you are feeling at your lowest, am I right? How do you combat that? How do you not let all that stuff swallow you whole?

It’s hard. I believe it’s harder for some people than others, but it is hard. Even the sunny, radiating people will tell you that. But I also think most of us know that deep down, we don’t want to be lost in the negative oblivion; we want out of this rabbit hole.

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So how do we do this. I’ve read more than a few articles on the subject, and the items below seem to be the most agreed upon.

 

Practice awareness

An article from Huffington Post suggests that the difference between those who see the positive over the negative lies in their observations, aka automatic negative thoughts. Positive-minded people squash those ANTs as soon as they start to appear. Which sounds almost fun in theory, but how do we actually put that into practice? This may be the most difficult of these tips because most negative thoughts aren’t conscious, meaning we may not even be aware of them. So they idea behind this is to be aware of the negative thoughts as they happen. This can help you catch it, flip it, and reverse it right out if that rabbit hole. a5a779d7-4321-451e-a9fa-5224c30fa151-1140x1359

 

Write down three positive things about your day

This is something I would like to start doing myself. I love writing, but sometimes I find that some of it revolves around negative emotions. While that makes for decent pieces, it’s good to write about positive things too. It allows you to kind of take stock of your day and decompress. You could also make this three things you’re grateful for. Try to focus on what you do have, not on what you don’t.

 

Stop comparing yourself to others

Related to the last point, really put an effort into not comparing yourself to others. This is a tricky one, and admittedly, a hard one for me. Being in my late 20′friend-1-i-got-promoted-friend-2-i-got-engaged-5410899s, sometimes I feel like I’m surrounded by engagements, pregnancy announcements, people getting new jobs, buying a house, etc. and I’m over here counting how many stamps I have left until I get a free coffee. Free coffee is undoubtedly important, but sometimes it’s hard not to think “Well, why aren’t I doing all those things, why hasn’t A or B happened for me yet, what am I doing wrong that everything seems so hard for me, but is seemingly easy for everyone else?” It’s so easy to spiral out of control with these questions, but the real question is, why does any of that matter? Why does it matter what is happening to other people? Does it really effect you? Probably not. I’m not saying this is easy to reverse, it’s not at all. When you see others achieving the same goals you have or doing the things you wish you were doing or could do right now, it’s difficult not to ask those questions. I struggle with this a lot, but I have come to the conclusion that the universe (or God, whichever) has something else planned for me. For whatever reason, it hasn’t been the right time. Sometimes it’s really hard, but it’s something I have to believe. You’re at the place in your life you’re at for a reason, whether you see it now or not. Hang tight.

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Feed your positivity

Take note of things that make you feel better. Does working out make you feel more positive? Actively plan your gym or workout sessions. If you are a list maker and a planner, make sure it makes the cut, even if it’s just a walk after dinner. Activities that result in positive feelings like journaling, meditation, spending time with friends, etc…do more of that. Positive feelings = positive thoughts.

This won’t be an overnight change, but even just shifting little things can blossom into drastic changes for your attitude and mindset. Don’t let negativity stop you from living your life and achieving whatever goals you may have. Remember, you can choose how you react to things; like the quote at the top of this post says, it’s neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.

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Balancing Act: The Art of Prioritizing

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We all have a lot going on, am I right or am I right? Between work or school, home, kids, spouse, friends, fur-babies…it can be a lot to juggle. Prioritizing can be an important tool to help you get everything done well simultaneously keeping your sanity. Not sure where to start? Here are three tips to help get you going!

 

1. Break it down

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you have a whole pile of tasks or projects you need to get done. By breaking it down into individual pieces, it makes it more manageable and a bit less chaotic.

2.  Sort it out

Once you have a concrete list of things to do, break it down even further: what has to get done first? Sometimes this is hard to do, because you may have things that are less significant but due sooner, or vice versa: a project or task that is of high importance but isn’t necessarily due today. Or you could have some that are both urgent and important. One of the keys of prioritizing is to put the things that are both important and urgent at the top of your list, and go from there. Things that are neither important nor urgent would obviously go last, and everything else can fall in between. I have always found this to be useful whether it was organizing myself in college, or trying to get things done at work. It’s easy to get swept up in the panic, but if you’re able to separate things by importance, you can be more effective in what you’re doing.

3. Do the hardest thing first

If you’re not sorting by importance or urgency, another tip is to do the hardest thing first. Or the thing you’re dreading doing first. It’s so easy to procrastinate when we don’t want to do something, we’re all guilty of it from time to time. But, the more you put something off, the more dread-filled you become about actually doing it, and the less likely it is that it will actually get done. So whatever it is, grit your teeth and push through!

 

Prioritizing can be tricky, and the reality is, you might not get everything on your list done in one day. And that’s okay! It doesn’t make you a failure or mean you suck at your job. Figure out what has to be done, and just take it one thing at a time.

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5 Positive Thoughts When Things are Just Not Going Your Way

We all have those days. The days that it seems like nothing is going the way it should, when everyone is annoying, work sucks, and all you want to do is burrow under blankets and watch Netflix all day.fe9ac2724274f1d0002dec953bd3a285-netflix-fandom

Trust me, I get it. But alas, we all have responsibilities and things that need to get done. No matter where you are in life, everyone experiences a rut at some point. Sometimes it’s hard to look on the bright side of it all, so here are 5 positive thoughts to help get you through!

 

  1. ic1m7po    Straight from the mouth of Bob Ross! (If you don’t know who he is, I’m really showing my age.) Things aren’t going your way?  Definitely take this advice. We all mess up sometimes yes, but you can always learn from it.. and even spin it! Struggling with a project at work? Make it an opportunity to connect and learn from your coworkers. 1076593-bob-ross-quote-ever-make-mistakes-in-life-let-s-make-them-birds

 

2. Do something you enjoy because you enjoy it. Relish in the feeling of doing something you love.

3. It’s a good day to have a good day. Every day is a fresh start with an opportunity to have a positive attitude. This is hard to do sometimes, but positive thoughts create positive things!

 

4. Breathe.

 

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Compasses have arrows, right?

As my blog title gives away, I have a thing for arrows, and “Compass” was the word for the Daily Prompt yesterday.  The name of my blog was inspired by a quote I found in the middle of my job search struggle:

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It really resonated with me in a way that I don’t think words ever have. Words are powerful, yes, but I never had any stick with me so permanently. Quite literally, since I ended up getting it tattooed on me. But I digress.

A compass is a tool used to tell you which direction to go. But what happens when your arrow is spinning?

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Realistically speaking, a compass probably doesn’t spin uncontrollably unless it’s broken, but hopefully you’re picking up my metaphor. What happens when you have no idea what you want to do, what you should be doing, or what direction to go in? In all aspects of life, this can be frustrating, but when you’re trying to figure out what you want to do as a career for potentially the rest of your life, it can be especially exasperating.

When I’m working with students I try to break it down into more manageable pieces:

What are your interests?

Everyone has something they’re interested in, even if it’s something small. What is something you actually enjoy doing, what do you want to learn more about? This requires you knowing yourself on a deeper level. We all have things we like to do outside of work/school/etc, but would we want to do them every day as a career? Is it even an option? Maybe not. I like to eat tacos, but I can’t really make that into a job.

Which leads me to my second point:

Do Your Research

Once you have some concrete interests nailed down, do some research. Do other people do this as their job? Is this a significant part of another job you haven’t looked into? Will this become obsolete, or does it have a bright outlook career-wise?

By research, I don’t just mean googling and reading different things about it. Reach out to people who are already doing this job or are in this career. This might be a bit out of your comfort zone, but what better place to go than straight to the source! You can get some great insight from someone who has already gone through the process; does it require more school, did they start in another position, is there room to grow, etc.

Be Fearless in the Pursuit of What Sets Your Soul on Fire

This is another one of my favorite quotes. Find that thing that gives you a spark. Find something that makes you happy to get out of bed in the morning. I know we live in a capitalist society, but does that mean we should all be miserable in our careers? Absolutely not. Money is important for practical purposes, but what does it all mean if you hate your life and dread going to work in the morning?

 

Find that thing that makes your arrow stop spinning. And when it does, follow it.

5 Tips for Self-Care during the Holiday Season!

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Happy December, Word Press!

The year is almost over, and it has been a whirlwind for sure. I wish everyone the happiest and safest of holidays; it truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Families come together, people seem to be a bit nicer, everything is glittering with lights and snow..635850389868822025-1775172566_tumblr_mwg3b4ea0t1shbg4mo1_500

 

 

 

 

But I think everyone also knows that you can hit a bit of a rut this time of year. Whether you’re still in school conquering finals, in your job trying to meet deadlines and goals, or just dealing with your own personal stuff, the rush of the end of the year can be overwhelming. This is a time of year that we give to others and spread all the holiday cheer…but what about you? It’s important to still take care of yourself during this wonderful time of year. I’ve done a post about self-care  before, but I’m doing another because it really should be at the top of your priority list.

I know this is a busy time, so here are 5 small things you can do for yourself this holiday season:

  1. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep!

This is always so important, no matter what time of year it is. Not getting enough sleep or enough good sleep can throw off a lot; your immune system, concentration at work or school, and energy levels, just to name a few. Your body and mind both need to recharge after your busy day, so make sure you’re getting adequate sleep!tipsforteensleep-final

2. Make a list!

I am very much a list person, and have found that it really does help to relieve stress about all the things I have to get done. Making a list of things you need to do breaks it down into manageable pieces so it’s just not just a huge garbled mess of stuff whirling around in your brain. This will help you be productive in whatever it is you need to do, but also be more relaxed about it.original_keep_calm_new

What is also great about this, is that when you finish something, you can check it off the list, which is a lot more satisfying than you might think.

3. Take time for yourself

I know this season is all hustle and bustle, making sure we visit with everyone we haven’t seen all year, holiday parties, etc. but it’s important to take a little time for yourself too. If you have too much going on and you need to skip a party or leave early, then do it! Give yourself some breathing room. Sit and enjoy that cup of coffee before you start your day. Get that run in before the busyness starts. Do something for you.

4. Allow yourself to indulge in moderation

I feel like one of the main sources of stress during the holidays for many of us is the fear of over indulgence. All the delicious food and sweet desserts around…I feel like my office has an endless supply of donuts right now.  The thing you have to remember is that you CAN indulge. This is a time of year to enjoy yourself and allow the little indulgences that you otherwise might not let yourself have. However, that doesn’t mean you should eat a whole pie or an entire tray of cookies by yourself. That’s probably not the best idea. You don’t want to indulge so much that you feel like crap after, nobody likes that. Just remember, “All things in moderation.”

5. Allow yourself to enjoy!

You might be stressed about the places you need to go, having family together, hosting that holiday party or dinner…but when it comes down to it, this is a time of year we should all enjoy. There are so many wonderful things to experience, so remember to be present in each moment.

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5 Tips for Your Perfect Elevator Speech

One of the first rules of networking you probably learn is to put together an elevator speech. What is an elevator speech, you ask? An elevator speech can be defined as:

A clear, brief message or ‘commercial’ about you. It communicates who you are, what you’re looking for and how you can benefit a company or organization. It’s typically about 30 seconds, the time it takes people to ride from the top to the bottom of a building in an elevator.

Hence the name.

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Now, if you find yourself to be an awkward or shy person, such as myself, you might find the task of coming up with an elevator speech especially daunting. How do I make it convincing but not weird and robotic? How long is too long? How do I filter just how much of my awesomeness to share? Do I actually have to do this in an elevator? To answer the last question, no it does not have to be in elevator. This could happen anywhere; in an elevator, in the lobby of a building, at the grocery store, at a conference, etc, so it’s important to be ready!

Not sure where to start? Fear not! I have compiled a quick list of tips to help you get the ball rolling.

  1. Should not exceed 30-35 seconds.
    • You don’t want to seem like you’re rambling. If you are actually in an elevator, you have a limited amount of time with your selected audience, so it’s important to be clear and direct, but also brief.
  2. About you, What you have to offer, and what are the benefits
    • Who you are, what you’re currently doing (school or the responsibilities of your current position), and show enthusiasm! You never want to sound monotonous when you’re talking about yourself.enthusiasm
    • Why are you interested in your audience? What skills do you have or have gained in your current position? Have a quick example? Tailor it to fit into your elevator speech.
    •  What’s special about you? Why should they hire you, or even interview you over all the other applicants? What do you bring to the table?
  3. Practice it out loud. Yes, really.
    • I know talking to yourself in the mirror might seem silly, but practicing your pitch can help make it sound more natural and less robotic if that is one of your concerns. It will allow you to relax more and let it flow, rather than having to check things off in your brain as you say them.
  4. Focus!
    • Just because you practice it ahead of time, doesn’t mean you can slack when you actually deliver it. Be focused in your presentation. It should flow smoothly, but don’t be lackadaisical about it. You need to show that you care about what you’re saying.
  5. Always have a business card on you.
    • This might make you feel a bit salesy, but think about it; you’re putting in the time to craft your perfect elevator speech. You really catch your audience’s interest. Now what? You walk out of the elevator, and that’s it? They forget about you? Chances are not everyone carries a pen and paper with them all day to write down when they meet a fabulous person to fill their current vacancy. Having a business card handy is great for two reasons: One, it’s easy. It’s not like they take up much space in your wallet or purse, and they have all necessary contact info. Two, it shows you’re prepared and organized, usually qualities that potential employers are looking for.bus cards*** If you don’t have a business card (if you are a recent grad) definitely check out Vista Print!

Having this in your mind and even just being knowledgeable of the concept will be a useful tool in more ways than one. Networking and job interviews, yes, but what about when the tables turn, and you’re the one doing the interviewing? You need to be able to give a quick overview about what the job is about. Having the ability to create an elevator speech will certainly help with that.

Remember, opportunities to use this speech can happen anywhere. If you’re about to do a lot of networking, or are planning on attending a conference, you definitely want to have this ready. It also makes talking about yourself a little easier. The more you do it, the more naturally it will come to you, so remember to practice!

 

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Beware the Burnout!

Practicing good self-care is one of the most important and possibly overlooked aspects of being an adult. Whether you’re still in college, or out in the working world, it’s unbelievably common for people to work and work and work, spread ourselves too thin, and end up burning out.

What is burn out, you ask? Well according to this article from Psychology Today,

Burnout is

“A state of chronic stress that leads to: Physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism and detachment, and feelings of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment.”

Unfortunately, sometimes we don’t realize we’re overdoing it until it’s too late. Burnout is not specific to working, it can happen to students as well. As an academic advisor, it’s definitely something I talk about to first-time college students. When I was in college, I woke up one Saturday at a normal time, but was just exhausted. I ended up going back to sleep until 4 in the afternoon. I didn’t even try to fight my body on it, which looking back now, was probably smart. Your body knows what it needs, it’s so important to listen to it in times of stress. Here are some other symptoms of burnout from an article on Forbes .com:

  1. Keep in mind that exhaustion can be emotional, mental, or physical.
  2. Lack of Motivation
  3. Frustration, Cynicism, and Other Negative Emotions
  4. Cognitive Problems
  5. Slipping Job Performance (or Academic)
  6. Interpersonal problems at Home and at Work
  7. Not Taking Care of Yourself
  8. Being Preoccupied with Work…When You’re Not at Work
  9. Generally Decreased Satisfaction
  10. Health Problems: I don’t know about you, but in times of chronic stress, my health/body are definitely affected. This could range from stress-induced insomnia, to a bad cold, to more serious issues like heart disease and depression. Either way, you need to take care of yourself.

This Forbes article also offers a few tips on what to do if you recognize these symptoms in yourself:

  • Take Relaxation Seriously – this may seem like an oxymoron since relaxation is meant to be relaxing (duh), but it’s important to designate an actual time for it.
  • Cultivate a Rich Non-Work Life – find something that you like to do strictly because you enjoy doing it. Not because it helps someone else, not because it could help with work. Just because it’s something YOU like.
  • Unplug – In today’s world, this may be the hardest one to do. Technology can be so helpful for productivity, but it can get pretty obnoxious too. Try to set boundaries, like no cell phones at dinner. If you go out with friends or family, leave your phone in the car or put it on silent. Enjoy the moment that you’re in.unplug-quote-700x700
  • GET ENOUGH SLEEP!!! – I don’t care if you say you only need 4 hours of sleep a night to properly function. You need to get an adequate amount of sleep for a myriad of reasons, really. Not only can lack of sleep have negative effects on your job performance, but it can also lead to decreased motivation and leave you more sensitive to stressful events.
  • Get Organized – Make a to-do list, and prioritize. A lot of work-related stress might be the fear that you will forget to do something or something important will slip through the cracks. By making a list, you are actively putting a system in place to combat the worrying.
  • Stay Attuned – Pay attention to your body. Are you getting headaches more frequently? Are your shoulders and neck stiff? Do you feel depressed or like you’re in a funk? These types of things are not random (unless you’re accident prone like I am). Your body is trying to tell you something.
  • Know When It’s You and When It’s Them – Sometimes burnout is a result of internal factors, but sometimes it really is a result of external ones. Ask yourself, “Where is this coming from?” and figure out what is causing you stress.
  • Figure Out When Enough is Enough – consider talking to your manager or HR about mental health services or stress management training. What would help make your work environment more positive and motivating?

I touched on this a little in You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup. Whether you want to improve your job performance or boost your grades, you can’t do that if you don’t take care of yourself. No one can expect you to do well if you’re falling asleep at your desk or constantly coming down with a cold. Take the time to evaluate yourself and listen to your body. It usually knows what it needs. Don’t be afraid to take a day off once in a while. Everyone needs a mental health day at one time or another.

My favorite piece of advice from all of this, is to find something to do that you enjoy simply because you enjoy it. Running, painting, cooking, knitting, skydiving, whatever. Find that thing you love and use it as an outlet. Take the time you need to take care of yourself. There is only one of you.

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Don’t be afraid to show up

Greetings, and Happy Summer!!

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Coming off my first round of college orientations, I wanted to write something about the concept of orientations in general. Anyone who recently graduated from college will remember their freshmen orientation, I’m sure. There was tons of information being thrown your way, corny games and icebreakers; maybe you met your roommate, got your student ID, and the like. At the time, you probably thought it was boring, the activities were silly, etc. Looking back on it now, do you still feel that way? Probably not, I know I don’t. My orientation was especially silly, since we all had to wear beanies for three days. freshmen_beanie-400x327

And if you’re also a Springfield College alum, I know exactly what song pops into your head when you see this:big-red-classic-atw-model-1800_1_1

I wanted to touch on this because orientation experiences are really important, not just at the college level, but in the work place too.

At the college level, there is so much information being thrown at you, sometimes it’s hard to enjoy the experience. One thing is certain, if you are present, you will learn a lot, meet new people, get to explore the campus, and connect with the resources that are available to you at your institution. It can make the transition to college a lot easier and a little less stressful. Offices like Financial Aid and Student Accounts might have open office hours during orientation, giving you opportunities to settle all the business stuff and ask any questions you might have. Take advantage of this time. You will of course have other opportunities, but why not get your answers while the questions are fresh in your mind?

At a new job, you might not get an actual orientation. But you will have a first day. First days at a new job are always exciting, but again, it’s a lot of information to process in one day. Always, always, always ask questions. It shows you’re excited to get started, and that you’re interested in your new work. If you’re so overwhelmed with information you can’t think of things to ask in the moment, don’t worry about it. Write them down when your mind finally stops spinning and have them to ask the next day.

Take these experiences as opportunities to learn about your new surroundings. Be involved. Be present. Starting something new can be stressful, but also exciting! Don’t be afraid to ask questions, but most importantly, don’t be afraid to show up.

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It always seems impossible until it’s done

To recent graduates:

Congratulations! You did it! You should be very proud of your accomplishments, whether you graduated with your Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, or your Doctorate. Not everyone makes it through college, so you should be proud, and I’m sure relieved to have finally achieved this goal.

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What’s next? As a responsible person, and as someone who has been through this already, I would have told you to start applying for jobs even before you graduated. However, I also know the amount of hard work it takes to get through college, no matter what degree you have been working towards, so I also encourage you to take time to relax. Enjoy the feeling of being done with school. Enjoy not having to go to class, enjoy being home (if you lived in a dorm). Take time to celebrate yourself!

If you’re one of the lucky ones who already nailed down a job, it might seem a little harder to take time to breathe. It’s a big transition, especially for the traditional college grad. One piece of advice for entering real adulthood, especially for the traditional graduate group: Don’t be afraid to ask questions. This is not only job related, this goes for anything. Questions about your new apartment? Ask your landlord. About health insurance? Don’t be afraid to call your customer service line. About 401ks or new bank accounts? Stop in your bank and talk to someone! Never be afraid to ask questions.

As far as the new job is concerned, questions can show a lot about you as a new employee. It shows you care and want to make a good impression, and that you want to learn as much as you can so you can be successful.  I’m keeping this post short today, but those are the two pieces of advice I would give to any recent grad. One, take time to bask in the glory of all your hard work paying off, and two, never ever be afraid to ask questions.

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There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind

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If I have any semi-regular readers, I apologize for the hiatus I unofficially took. I was working hard in my own job search, and I was at the point that I really needed to focus on it. And it worked out! I’m very happy to say that I have accepted a full-time position at another college. My previous position was part-time, so I worked two jobs for a little over a year, which as some of you probably know, sucks. Once I get settled in my new position in the coming weeks, I definitely want to start posting regularly again.

Today, I wanted to touch on the idea of relocating for a new job. Before I landed my new job, I started applying to jobs in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire…basically the  rest of New England and a little bit beyond (I’m in MA, for anyone’s reference).  My general rule for applying to jobs is to apply to everything and anything you’re qualified for, and see what sticks. For local stuff, this is fine, but when you’re widening your net, you have to be more selective.

One of the issues I came across was a lack of salary information. A number of jobs had salaries posted, but an equal number of them didn’t.  This makes budgeting for a move and future expenses a lot more difficult. I did a lot of research on various areas that I applied to; rent costs, what grocery stores were around if it was out  of state, gas prices, etc.  That stuff is easy to figure out, but when you don’t know what you would be making, you can’t really estimate on your living expenses.  There are a couple ways to go about getting this information. Generally, if I don’t get called for a phone interview, I don’t ask unless it’s a job I want more than any of the others. First, I would recommend calling or e-mailing HR. Make sure you have the job code or title handy so you’re not making them search for it. Ask for a range not an exact number. They are more apt to tell you if you’re not as pointed with your question.  In my experience, if they are aware you are applying from another state, they will let you know right out of the gate.  Using my own example, there was one job I applied to out in Ohio (I know, super random). They called me for a phone interview, and noted that I would have to relocate within the first few minutes, and gave me a general salary range for the position. I’m glad they did, because it ended up being much too low for me to move across several states. And if they don’t tell you, simply say something like: “This is a great opportunity and I appreciate the chance to speak to you about it. As you can see from my resume, I live in xyz, and I would obviously have to move in order to work in this position. I was hoping before the process moves further, you could give me a general salary range.” It doesn’t hurt to ask, especially when it means moving.

A second tip: if you’re living at home, save as much money as humanly possible! Assuming your parents aren’t making you pay rent, throw money into your savings like there’s no tomorrow! Even if you’re not planning to move too far way or out of state, moving is still costly. First month’s rent, security deposit, moving truck, furniture, first grocery shopping trip, cleaning supplies…do I need to go on? If you’re moving locally, it’s less of a concern, but if you’re moving out state or more than an hour away, it’s something that should be a top priority. If you’re not prepared financially to move across the state or out of state, I encourage you to start saving before you make a move. Yes, I understand spur of the moment opportunities and taking leaps of faith, but the truth of the matter is, you need a place to live. You need food. I’m all for taking chances, but don’t be thoughtless in your spontaneity.

If I still have any readers, thanks for sticking with me! I’m so happy to start this new adventure, and I wish you all luck in reaching  yours!

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