The season is upon us. The time of year when many freshly or soon to be minted graduate students find themselves in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the job search. Many graduate students and new professionals will do as they have been taught:
- Seek out mentors
- Review your resume
- Have many, many people review your resume
- Tighten up your cover-letter
- Have many, many people review your cover-letter
- Choose the best interview outfit
- Participate in mock interviews
- Talk search strategy with close friends and mentors
What many often wind up forgetting amidst all the noise is what needs to be remembered every moment of every day of the search process:
Don’t Forget Your Perfect!
Yes. Your. It’s not a typo. You each bring your own perfect to the table. Your own unique set of skills and experiences. Your own values and work philosophy. Own it. Keep in the forefront of your search. Let it shine! The cost of not doing so is winding up in a workplace that does not align with your perfect and that can lead to you burning out long before your time is up in this work (trust me, I wrote a dissertation about this stuff).
Write on the mirror, on post-it notes, or tattoo it on your arms. We will all benefit if you are able to stay true to your perfect, including and most importantly, the students we serve.