For some people, they never have to think about what they're going to wear to work. These fortunates souls have uniforms (police officers or letter carriers, for instance, or the people serving you at most chain restuarants). Others (the extremely fortunate), work from home, so they don't even have to get out of their pyjamas if they don't want to. The rest of us have some decisions to make.
You've done everything right. You targeted your job search, you tailored your resume to the positions you applied for, you did the networking, you proofread your cover letter, and you made sure that your voicemail message (and your email address) were not weird. You've done everything right, and it has paid off.
You've got an interview.
Congratulations. However, you're not done yet. Here are some tips on how to get through this unscathed.
Stress is a constant in life. There are ways you can reduce it, but I don’t think that anyone has been able to eliminate it completely. Maybe the Dalai Lama has. But even though we can’t eliminate it, we can reduce it, even though exceptionally stressful times like a career change. There are obvious quick fixes, like take a short walk (preferably somewhere green and leafy), playing with a stress ball, and listening to soothing music, but here are a few less obvious ways you might be able to handle this stressful situation.
The labour market and the economy have always had an uneasy relationship with technology. On the one hand, technology has allowed us to do things that had never before been possible, and to do the already possible in a much more efficient manner. Construction is a very good example. New techniques, materials, and technologies allowed us to progress from small huts to wood structures to castles and cathedrals and skyscrapers. We’ve gone from heating with wood fires to coal to natural gas and electricity.
“I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” – Thomas Edison
You’ve been told since you were small that if you worked and studied, you could do or be whatever you wanted. I’m sorry, but it’s just not true.
You will try many, many things in your life, and especially in your career. And you’re not going to succeed at all of them. This doesn’t mean you won’t succeed, but it does mean that you won’t succeed every time, and you won’t succeed at everything.
Perhaps a long time ago, when your biggest concerns were what to do after school or how you were going to make it to basketball practice after your part-time job, an email address of "email@example.com" or "firstname.lastname@example.org" seemed innocuous. Fun, even. My best friend in high school had email@example.com. Which was pretty great. (Please don't spam my old friend. I anonymised it, but still.)
There are a lot of ways to get a job: online posting, traditional classifieds, the proverbial "getting out there and knocking on doors", but the most successful strategy in terms of effort and return on investment is relying on your network. It's going to be someone who heard something about an opening and thought of you that is likely to land you your next job.
As the calendar page turns over to January, people take stock of their lives and make plans to make changes. Lose weight. Exercise more. Read more. If a new job is in your plans for 2017, you might benefit from these resolutions.
I am a student of English, and I love it in all its forms. Language is powerful, adaptable, and one of the few things that separates us from our hairier cousins. The ability to communicate complex ideas and to transmit knowledge and experience is incredibly useful and really quite amazing. And when you add the complexity that arises within a language: like regional dialects (regiolects), or ethnic or societal dialects (ethnolects and sociolects, respectively), things get really amazing. Language adapts and evolves to suit the needs of its speakers, and it's a really incredible thing.
You are working hard on your job search; many of us treat it like a job. It takes time, and effort, and a little luck, and some skill. It also takes help. It's your career, your job, but you're not doing this on your own.