Things that are slightly scary about job searching…

Firstly, job searching in general is borderline terrifying. I am not going to take the opportunity (yet) to expound on the various stresses of finding employment. I would like to be more reflective about that and I’m not quite at that point yet.

However, here are some things that I do know about job searching. When completing online applications, hitting that “send” or “submit” button comes with a whole slew of stresses.

For example:

“Oh my god, did I upload that as a .doc? Or did I convert it to a .pdf? Let me check 12 times before submitting it”

“Did I attach all of my documents? (If using an HR system) Did I fill in all of the necessary fields?”

“Did I send the cover letter for the right position? I didn’t write that I have experience advising hall councils for the position with no hall council, right? Did I address the appropriate person? I will check the posting again another 4 times”

With that in mind, I’d like all of you fine people who have already been through this to share what the biggest challenge in your first job search was. If it was document upload anxiety, I might be in trouble.

About Me

I am a graduate student Higher Education and Assistant Community Coordinator for Residence Life at the University of Maine. I am interested in orientation and new student programs, residential education, first year student development, and diversity and social justice on college campuses, specifically related to social justice ally development, access to higher education, and transition and retention of traditionally underrepresented students.

I am also an active member of the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), as a Graduate Associate, Region I Conference intern, and member of the Maine Association for Student Affairs Professionals.  I enjoy sharing my love of the profession with aspiring undergraduates, increasing awareness of professional opportunities, and sharing knowledge with my peers.

I am a native Rhode Islander and adopted Mainer with a love for cooking, college hockey, and the outdoors. I am a proud Gamma Sigma Sigma alumna and a Black Bear at heart. My philosophy in life is to ask myself every day if I have helped someone.

This blog is the next step in my goal to use the online world to the best of my abilities in my work. I have gained incredibly from the online Student Affairs Communities on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, and I am excited to take the next step with an official website of my own.

So, should you choose to follow my adventures here, what will you find? I can promise lots of insights about change and transition, loosely detailed chronicles of my job searching, musings on social justice, privilege, and oppression, the trials and tribulations of residence life and working with first year students, and anything else higher ed that crosses my path. A bit of a grab bag, isn’t it? You can’t blame me, though, because I’m the new kid. I’m still figuring this all out!