Thursday, October 13, 2016

Everything is Temporary

I think (one of) the keys to happiness is understanding that nothing lasts forever and that everything is temporary.
If you understand that, you won't be upset over change because you expect it. You won't be upset when you lose an expensive water bottle, or your favorite necklace. You won't be upset when you have a fight and lose a friend. And it's okay for that to happen, because it does, and it's meant to. I had one of the most fun summers of my life this summer, and I didn't want to let it go. I met new people, I did fun things, I took risks, and I also spent time with kids, because I love working with kids, and it was exactly as fulfilling as I expected it to be. At the end of the summer, the camper I had been working on to come out of her shell did, and she thanked me for it. She gave me a card. I spent the last three weeks of camp playing hand games with her and other kids, trying to get them to talk to her. I invited her over to play games with other campers. I found her a seat at the table she wanted to sit at during lunch. And that card was more than I ever wanted. Helping her was reward enough for me, but her card gave me even more joy. I miss another camper who gave me a hard time. She sat in my lap sometimes when she was in a good mood, and I miss that. I miss being one of two counselors who could get her to stop crying. But now I got a new job, and I can't work with kids anymore. I just need to understand that this is a new beginning in my life. The hustle and bustle of swim season is temporary, my job as a summer camp counselor was temporary, and this new job is also temporary. But that's not a bad thing. All I'm doing is living life, gaining a variety of experiences and putting myself out there. That's a key to happiness.
So live life, understanding that, and don't get attached to any one thing, one person, or one experience. These will come and go, and all you have to do is allow them to.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

How to Do a Job Interview As a Teen

I've had three job interviews so far in my life, two of which ended in getting a job. One of which ended in a scheduling conflict, but she said she would've hired me if it had worked out! Allow me to give you some tips on how to approach this situation, and some experiences I've had.

  1. Know your answers to basic interview questions. Such as...
    1. Tell me about yourself. - this is a big one, have a response prepared in advance.
    2. What experience do you have in this field?
    3. Do you have any questions for me? - always say yes! Ask something like, "how do you manage - do you text or email?"
    4. When can you start?
    5. What days of the week do you prefer to work?
    6. Why do you think you would be a good candidate for this job?
    7. Tell me more about x that I saw on your resumé.
    8. Why should we hire you?
  2. It won't be like a real, adult interview. They might ask you a few questions, but nothing should throw you off too much.
  3. Be talkative. Don't just answer the question, elaborate on it. If they say, "we don't allow cell phones here," don't smile and nod. Say, "Of course! That won't be a problem since we had the same policy at my previous job. I know a lot of teenagers are addicted to their phones."
  4. Look confident. A big part of your first impression is how you carry yourself. Do you have a firm handshake? Do you speak loudly and audibly? Do you walk with confidence? Do you smile warmly?
  5. Dress appropriately. They say, "dress for the job you want, not the job you have," but for a lot of minimum wage, teen-friendly jobs, you're not gonna walk into McDonald's decked out in orange and red complete with a chef's hat. Just dress nicely. Wear a nice pair of jeans and a blouse.
  6. Don't let your phone ring mid-interview! Set it to silent or turn it off before you walk in. Letting your potential boss know how many friends you have is a great way to let him or her know you are not committed to this interview and that you will be texting under the table at work.
  7. Be friendly and just sound like someone you'd like to be friends with. Many employers go with their gut instinct on a person, and you want their gut to say "hire this person right now!"
  8. You may or may not need a resumé. A lot of places won't ask for one because they don't expect you to have one, but they might ask for your employment history. But some places will, and it's nice to have one anyway.
Feel free to contact me if you need more tips!