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Tomorrow I’m Quitting My Job

You know it’s bad when those 5 words have become your mantra. I, like many 20-somethings, 30-somethings, 40-somethings, etc, was stuck in a major career rut. I had a flexible schedule, I was good at my job, I was getting paid enough to live a comfortable life, and I loved my co-workers. I was thankful to have my job..

BUT.. the catch? Wrong industry, wrong job, wrong fit. I wanted to work in the tech industry and wanted an entirely different role. In short, I grew to hate my job because it was not what I wanted to be doing at all. Logic dictated, that it was time to find a new job. Prior to prepping for this, I scoured endless blogs on the topic and realized there was a very skewed perception on how to properly quit a job and the steps to attain a new one.

So here is my gift and advice to those of you who are similarly in my situation: I’m going to help you quit your job tomorrow.

 

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1) Figure out your passion, fast.

 

“I hate my job, I hate working here! ARGHHH I WANT A NEW JOB!”

“What do you want to do?”

“I don’t know.. I just want a new job.”

 

Um, no. That’s not how it works. In order to take on your ideal career, you have to focus on what makes you happy and what your strongest skill set is. Then focus on a field that fits your interests and start researching potential jobs for you. Read through job descriptions to see if you genuinely could do the tasks listed. Once you find a good job description – use that as your standard to what jobs you will be hunting for.

 

2. Make time for your job hunt. 

But you probably have no time to work on it, huh? You probably also don’t have time to apply to jobs every day. After work you must be so burnt out from your day job, you just want to go to the gym and cue your netflix. Okay look, I get it. It took me months to make myself actually muster the courage to start working on my resume. Then I abandoned that because I needed 2 weeks to watch the every season of Lost. Then I worked on my resume again after a few months.

My point, is if you have a day job, you are going to be exhausted and disgruntled when you come home. The last thing you want to do is to apply for a new job. However, thats exactly what you need to do if you ever intend on finding a new gig. Make yourself devote 2 hours a night to applying for jobs. I started off applying to 1-2 jobs per night for a month, then slowly it became easier and I was able to apply to many at a time. Point being, man up and make time.

 

3. Work on your resume. And then work on it again. And again. And again. And again. 

Your resume is your bait. A shark doesn’t want  boring, monotonous, bland, generic bait. A shark wants the BEST, most appealing, and attractive bait out there.

The first time you work on your resume, you’re going to feel so proud of yourself. Then you’re going to send it out a few times, and get good feedback and bad feedback. Incorporate all of this feedback and keep working on it, until it becomes a cycle. Review listing, adjust resume, apply to job, and repeat. Also save and label all of your resumes and cover letters. I used Google Drive to organize all of my various versions, which was nice because I could access it from my phone or any computer at any time to job hunt.



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4. Do not quit your day job.

Growing up, I was raised to value financial independence. I’d been financially independent since college, and didn’t want that to change. I didn’t have parents that would support me and my habits while I sat at home “figuring it out” on their dime. One thing I read a lot of while my initial job hunt started was “I was risky, I quit my job, and have never been happier” – that idea scared me. Though I knew finding a new job in a new industry yielded its risk, I didn’t want to deplete my savings by quitting without any other options.

At the same time, I understand the desperation of disliking your job so much that you want out – however, don’t let your emotions get the best of you. Channel all of that energy to job hunting even more rigorously. Also, make a list of your current and impending finances so you can make a budget, this will aid you once you determine the salary range you are seeking in your next job.

 

5. Interview^3

Once you start flooding the market with your resume, you’re going to get calls. Phone interviews, in-person interviews, 6th round interviews, Skype interviews. My advice: Do them all. The more practice, the better. Chances are if you’ve been in a steady job, it has been a while since you’ve interviewed. Practice explaining your skill set, and how you can apply them to the job you are seeking. If an interview prolongs itself to several rounds, so be it – do every round with the same focus and preparation as the last. Job seekers have the upper hand in today’s market, but don’t forget your talent and worth – so learn how to market it well!



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6. Don’t be afraid to make adjustments.

Whether this means opening up your job search to similar, if not identical roles, as part of getting your foot in the door to a desired company, or if this means taking a pay cut to get that ideal role – don’t be afraid to give a little. You have your focus set on  your ultimate goal, and so long as these adjustments are in align with that, you will fine.

 

7. Give Proper & Respectful Notice 

Trust me, I wanted to go out like a G. I wanted to walk in to my managements office, have a poster board of me in a paradise-like background, throw up a peace sign, and say “I’m out this b-oardroom”.

But I didn’t. Instead, I reflected on all of the good things I learned at my job, and wrote a thoughtful resignation letter, and provided the appropriate notice to my employer. Main point here: Don’t burn bridges. Even if you will never go back to this job, do the right thing and remain respectful.



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8. Dont Expect Your World to Change

Congrats, you did it. You busted your behind and put in relentless effort to making sure you found the right fit. BUT, it’s just the beginning. Be prepared to start from the ground up, establish yourself as a hard worker, and under promise & over deliver. Have faith, work hard, and utilize your passion to the fullest! Put in enough effort and I am sure you’ll be uttering those 5 words in no time at all.

 

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Spring is almost here and we can’t wait to rock maxi skirts

I’m so happy that I bought some (on sale!) from Zara at the end of summer last year and I’m ready to wear them ASAP :)



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What item of clothing are you ready to rock as soon as the weather gets warmer? Tell us!

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DIY: Chambray White Dress

Saw this on Pinterest and fell in LOVE! An easy and super cute way to wear a white slip and chambray shirt!



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Yet another reason why we’re addicted to Pinterest! It teaches busy fashionistas like ourselves fun and new ways to wear some things that are laying around our rooms!

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Grammys 2013 – Our picks for the BEST & the WORST dressed celebs of the night

Lets go with the worst dressed first. Our pick: Jennifer Lopez. This entire looks makes us think that she just got out of the shower, didn’t have time to do her hair and put on a silky robe so she could make it in time for the Grammy’s. Love don’t cost a thing, but a good stylists ARE EXPENSIVE. Stop being stingy when hiring a stylist next time around, k?



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2013 Pantone Color of the Year is..



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That’s RIGHT! It’s Emerald Green, PANTONE® 17-5641 Emerald, to be EXACT!

(Read more on Pantone’s official site!)

We’re in LOVE with this fun, sparkly, and stand out color. Next year will be filled with this plush color from fashion to cosmetics to design to weddings, watch out for this amazing hue!

“The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other colour in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute.



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Want to sport the color of the year on your iPhone case? Pick it up at Bloomingdales or Urban Outfitters!

Here are some more amazing ways to incorporate Emerald into your upcoming new year via BurnettsBoards!



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What Was She Wearing: Festive Holiday Party Time!!

Tissssssss’ the season to be trendy FA LA LA LA LAA LAAAA LA LA LAAAA

Joy to the world, and to our lovely readers! We know you all are bustling around to complete your Christmas shopping lists and errands! In the midst of this busy season is a few Christmas, Hanukkah (here’s looking at you Maricel), and other Holiday parties! Here’s a snippet of one of my favorite current outfits and looks!



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As you all know, I’m OBSESSED with lace! My current obsession is tights, tights, TIGHTS. I’m pretty tall (5’9) to be exact, and wearing tights allows me to wear my miniskirts with ease and class throughout winter!



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High Heel Diva’s, Here’s Looking At You

So ladies, here’s the deal: We know one of your guilty pleasures, and we’re not going to judge you for it. Why? Because we suffer from it ourselves: SHOE SHOPPING RULES. Shopping for heels specifically is one of our favorite past times, and when we changed upon this little guide it peaked our interest. Check out this nifty guide before your next shoe shopping spree:

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Additionally, we’d like to apologize for the previous post that some of you might have seen. Our blog account was hacked and a spam post was published without our knowledge. The problem has been fixed! Thank you for your patience and again, we’re very sorry for any inconvenience that may have caused you. <3

DIY Holloween Costume: How to Make The Best Loofah Costume

I’m so excited to share my Martha Stewart moment with you guys. My Halloween costume for this year was a total DIY experiment and it turned out great! Dressing up as a loofah was not only super fun, it was also ridiculously comfortable! We were stopped multiple times and asked to pose for photos, and obviously we happily obliged (helloooo 5 minutes of fame!)



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Since a bunch of friends asked, I am going to share how I created the Loofah/bath puff/bath sponge (wtv you call it!) costume. Don’t be afraid of the instructions, it took me 30 minutes to make the entire thing!

MATERIALS YOU NEED:

I got all of the material at Joann Fabrics. I’m sure any fabric store in your area will carry these items.

  • 25 yards of Matte Tulle (I went with the color cranberry)
  • 1.5 yards of elastic (I got 3/4 inch width but you could go with 1/2 inch as well)
  • 1.5 yard of braided rope

Other stuff:

Step 1:

Start by cutting your 25 yards of tulle into 10 equal length pieces. That means each piece will be 2.5 yards in length. 1 Yard is 3 feet so each individual piece will be 7.5 feet long. (FYI The tulle should come folded in half already, DO NOT unfold it.)



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Step 2:

Take each 2.5 yard piece and fold it into half, then another half. Each piece will now be 0.625 yards in length.



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Step 3:

Take the elastic and cut 1 piece out to fit your waist and another piece out to fit you right below your bust line. Measure these pieces, cut them out and then just tie a tight knot at the end of each piece.



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Refreshing Sunday Thought



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