Job hunting advice is the thing I get asked about most often, so I’m going to focus on that for a while and see where that takes us. You may be asking, “what makes you qualified to give job hunting advice, Kerry?” There are a few things actually… First, I’ve done a LOT of it for a multitude of reasons and second, I’ve been pretty successful at finding amazing opportunities.
I graduated from college in 1999 and started doing something I knew I was going to hate before I spent one minute actually doing it. Did I ever dream I’d have the career path I’ve taken at that point? Of course not!
I quit teaching high school English after one semester without a new job to go to or any kind of a plan. After laying on the couch wondering how I’ll ever find meaning in life again, my husband came home from work one day and said, “I don’t care what you’re doing as long as you get paid for it.” I got the message loud and clear and the next day, I set out in my car looking for temp agencies (remember, this was back in the day). The first one I walked in to had me take a basic Word and Excel test and they told me, “Charlie is looking for someone.” I didn’t know who Charlie was, but I was game. The next day, I went to an office building in the industrial park where my parents had their business all my life and I walked inside a building that all but had tumbleweeds rolling through the halls it was so deserted. Three days later, I started what would be a six year journey with a cocktail mix manufacturing company where I would find one of my callings in operations.
That company still has the record for my longest tenure, and it laid the foundation for my ability to take risks and see the world differently when things just aren’t working for me. Sometimes you can change your circumstances within a company and sometimes you have to look elsewhere. The main takeaway here is that you DO have the power to change your situation when your job isn’t serving you or your needs anymore.
Since the glory days of the cocktail industry, I’ve worked in insurance, education technology, big philanthropy, higher education, and now I find myself in international law. I have a lot of strategies, tools and tips that have been key in the moves I’ve made over the years, so stay tuned as I dive in to those in my next post.