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Not what we imagined.

I, like many of my generation, believed that upon graduation from college I would land a well paying job, move into my own apartment, enjoy the single life for a while , meet someone special, marry, settle down and raise a family. 

Reality has come upon us as shown in this atlantic article. Most of us are not getting that well paying job or any of the other events that follow. We are living at our parents house. If we do have a job, it’s not what we want and we are painfully underpaid. Others enjoy thriving careers at this time and feel nothing of this, but that is few and far between.

I have recently come into the job search category because the contract with my company for our client is not being renewed. So what does one do in this situation when the economy is so bleak and you feel helpless because you know you’re doing everything correctly, but no one seems to be biting. I’ve only been at this for the past week or so and this is what I’ve learned:

Make use of your contacts only when you know exactly what you want – Don’t just say ” I’m looking for a job, know of anything?” give specifics , ” I’m looking for mid-level communications positions, know of anything?” or better yet say ” I found _____ position with your company. Do you know of anyone who directly deals with hiring for that position?Or could you recommend me to this position?” or something along those lines. Keep asking until you find someone who knows who’s hiring for the position or can recommend you.

Be a resource person not a job beggar – I learned this from the book What Color Is Your Parachute?  it’s a practical manual for job hunters and career changers. You want to show how you could help an organization with their problems, not go in with the ” please give me a job!! I’ll do anything!!” attitude. Desperate is not a good look.

Network, Network,  Network – Doesn’t matter how smart you are , it’s who you know to get you in the door for an interview.

I haven’t been on the job hunt long, but I hope following these things will make my job hunt time very short.

What are some other things you have learned from the job-hunt?


The benefits of benefits

Most 20-somethings have a super hero syndrome. We think that we are untouchable — nothing can possibly happen to us. Ailments and disabilities are something that we will have to worry about 30-40 years from now. Why worry about getting the best insurance or add-ons our companies have to  offer?

While it is true most twenty-somethings will dodge major illness during this life period. Some will unexpectedly hear the news that we are not superman or woman.

We don’t really think about it because it isn’t really prevalent in our day-to-day life. Mostly, what we see on T.V. are happy, healthy millenials that don’t seem to be plagued with anything serious.

The truth is we are not invincible. We are susceptible to the same unfortunateness as those older than us. In light of this, what should we do to make sure we are protected?

Go to the HR department in your company and get your insurance stuff straightened out or look into some private companies and get some individual health insurance. Find any free clinics in your area that could help you with your dental ,mental, and physical health needs.

Don’t skimp on this and find yourself in this ( link embedded ) situation. The link goes to a story about a 24-year-old who dies from having a simple dental infection. He was unemployed and didn’t have employer backed insurance, although, there are still ways to ensure getting some type of healthcare in the form of government assistance.

For those who are employed and have group healthcare from your employer, make sure you sign up for  short-term and long-term disability. My company pays for long-term disability so I just have to get short-term disability. It only cost most people around 100 bucks a year and you usually get 60% of your income each week when you are unable to work. For those who don’t have 3-6 months of savings to buffer lost wages and those that do for that matter, this money could be used to cover some expenses to make sure you don’t go into the “red” with your finances and cause added stress and anxiety.

Be sure to sign up for coverage that doesn’t require referrals. When something really bad happens it’s nice to be able to go to any specialist you want that is covered by your insurance rather than only going to the specialist that your  Primary Care Physician refers you to. Also, getting referrals could take a long  time to obtain. Time that you may not have.Cut out the middle man and don’t sign up for HMO, but try to get something where you don’t have to get a referral from your PCP to go to a specialist. I have a form of HMO called open access that is cheaper than a PPO , and doesn’t require referrals to see a specialist from my PCP. These other plans may cost a little more, but if life to you isn’t worth more than a few extra bucks coming out of your paycheck each month then…

Just make sure you have optimum coverage. You’ll thank me later.

Inspiration in the form of song

With the current state of the economy: 9.2% unemployment and  most of us being underemployed and/or underpaid. I thought we could use some inspiration. Here are some of my current faves in no particular order:( Please excuse my love for Disney movies, musicals, and teen pop sensations.)

What song gets you pumped?

Life is beautiful. Period.

Check out this post by a blogger I just read on the Interwebs of WordPress. The title says it all. Life is beautiful. Period..

Laugh for today

In case you haven’t had your laugh for today check this out!

Song for your Sunday

This song makes me feel like I’m sailing on a boat in 75 degree weather. It’s a nice chill song. Give it a listen!

What’s your lazy Sunday song?

Let’s restore and protect!

Found this video on another blog I frequent, and I thought I’d share it on here. It’s an inspirational video aimed at us millennials.  I was dismayed to find out some of the health statistics quoted here, but I know we can make a change for the better! Take a look!