The Job Search Started in… Kindergarten?

The Job Search Started in… Kindergarten?

Everyone has seen those posters with little kids on it and it reads “Everything I ever needed to know, I learned in Kindergarten.”  Meant to be affirming and lighthearted, they do make you take a step back and get some perspective.  Although you may not realize it, many of those things you learned in kindergarten also apply to the job search- whether you’re looking for a summer job, an entry level position, or vying for a CEO position.  Careerealism does a wonderful job giving details about what you’ve learned and why they’re essential to keep in mind. What other things did you learn in kindergarten that are important to the job search today?

  1. Say “Please” and “Thank You” from the point you send a cover letter to the time you accept the job
  2. Don’t give up, even when the process seems overwhelming. Learning your letters and math seemed hard, but you had your teacher and other classmates to help you.  Now, as you job search, don’t forget your friends, family, and college services ready to be a support system
  3. Be Respectful to everyone, not just the interviewer
  4. Take a nap (or another form of mental health break) so the process doesn’t become boring or overwhelming
  5. Balance your day and give yourself some variety. Take time to work on your resume, polish your interview skills, and search for new connections on LinkedIn to give yourself a change of pace from just reading job postings online.
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  • Island Traveler  On February 12, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Priceless lessons we need to embrace heart…and yes, starts in Kindergarten. My son’s in second grade now Kindergarten will and always be special.

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