Hard Workin’ Gals: 3 Tips for Finding a Job (Part 3)

Hey girls! I am super excited to share with you 3 Tips for Finding a Job.

Sometimes it’s hard to know what you should be doing. I hope these ideas and some personal stories from my life will be an encouragement to you. Maybe after reading you will have a fresh perspective on how to find work you will thrive in!

Also, if you’ve missed the other parts of this series, find them here:

Part 1: “Hard Workin’ Gals: Should Christian Girls Have Jobs?”

Part 2: “Hard Workin Gals: How to Find Your Work”

1. Think Creatively

You don’t have to be highly skilled or have years of experience to enter your dream field of work. Sometimes you just have to be willing to stick your neck out. Other times, you have to think outside the box.

I have loved violin ever since I was a toddler. When I was 13, a mother asked me to “assistant teach” her daughters violin. Although I wasn’t really ready for the responsibility of being a solo violin teacher, having these sisters come to my house every week for me to give them input during a practice/teaching session was the perfect way for me to get my feet wet in a job that I knew I wanted to pursue. Within a few years I had my own small business teaching violin students.

Specifically if you are young or very inexperienced in a field you know you want to pursue, think creatively and find ways to learn.

If you are interested in business, take some business courses, intern with a businessperson, or start reading lots of business books.

My brother loved mechanics but didn’t want to got to 4 years of school to learn the trade. He volunteered to help an older and very experienced mechanic friend work on buses many a winter evening. In his spare time, he read mechanic books (getting suggestions from good mechanics, and picking up other titles at Goodwill), and joined online forums to learn from a whole community of mechanics.

Before he was 20, he was offered a job at a large farm implement dealership, which he ended up turning down. He started buying broken four wheelers to fix and resell, and soon his name got out and farmers started asking him to do complicated mechanic work on their farm equipment. He now has a growing business doing what he loves most.

“Never despise small beginnings.”

Apprenticeships can be a great thing. When I was 14 years old, my mother (knowing I had a passion for flowers) encouraged me to meet our neighbor lady, a professional landscaper who had stunning flower gardens. “You should ask her if you can come work in her flower beds in exchange for her giving you some landscaping tips for our flower beds” my mother said. Mostly to honor my mother, I did as she suggested. After an afternoon of working with my neighbor, she came to my house, gave me landscaping suggestions, and proceeded to offer me a job. It was an incredible opportunity, made possible because my mother encouraged me to learn from someone who was a professional in the field I was interested in. I absolutely loved that job, which I held for the next four years. My boss was an incredible person to work for, she was a really good teacher and I basically got a free mini-education in landscaping, while getting paid to do something I loved!

2. Face Your Fears

I am a third born. I have two older siblings that are both really great leaders, and I was always content to follow them. I actually grew up preferring for someone else to be in charge, and to get to come alongside them and join in.

Leadership wasn’t my thing. I didn’t think I was good at it, and I didn’t like it.

It was literally a fear thing for me- being in high responsibility leadership positions made me panic!

I think God has a sense of humor, because four years ago, I exchanged my landscaping job for a completely different kind of work at our small town hotel. When I started the position, it was mostly secretary, advertising, and marketing related work.Β It’s probably a good thing I didn’t know what I was getting into, because I might have been tempted to run in the other direction if I would have realized I would need to become a much more assertive and confident leader as I became responsible for finding, building, and leading a team of employees, troubleshooting problems, planning team meetings, and making countless decisions.

In the end, sometimes we need to face our fears and do the very things we think we are least gifted at. If it’s truly a weakness and something you continue to really not enjoy doing, then it’s probably not a good idea to make it your life work. But be willing to give it a shot, because you just might end up thriving where you thought you’d miserably fail!

Our greatest passions and talents are often formed by doing the very things that scare us the most.

3. Pursue Your Gifts

If you are trying to find the right job, a really good place to start may be just sitting down and making a list of things you enjoy, would like to learn more about, or have dreamed of doing. A few of them may scare you a little (like we talked about above), but really, you should just go out and do them anyways!

While it can actually be a really good experience to do something you don’t particularly enjoy, there is nothing wrong with pursuing a job in a field that really excites you! After you’ve made that list, start brainstorming! It can be a good idea to find a main job/source of income, and then work at developing another one of your passions on the side.

Maybe you love people, and can get a waitressing job that allows you to interact with customers 24/7. If you are an artist, you might work at making that into a small business by selling art or teaching art classes on the side.

If there’s something you would really like to pursue, but isn’t a viable money making venture or job opportunity yet, use your spare time to work on it! Your hobby could possibly be your work down the road! The key here is to be diligent and patient. Don’t quit your job just because there’s a hobby you want to turn into a business. It would be smarter to continue your work while researching and working towards whatever business venture you might want to start. Then, once it is actually a viable, revenue producing proposition, you can decide where to go with it.

Questions? Thoughts? Comment above- I’d love to hear from you!

-Allison

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8 Comments

  1. Thanks Allison! All three of those points are so true. I’ve always loved working with the cows on the farm and other animals, I always knew that I wanted to work with them. First I wanted to be a vet, but when I was around 14 I changed my mind because I knew that it would be 8 long years of studying and then I would be working outside of the home basically all the time, and probably paying off student loans for several years. So then my parents suggested that I could just work and earn some money for now, so that is what I did, from berry picking/gardening , to bed and breakfast cooking/cleaning, to dishwashing/waitressing at a local restaurant, I learned many different skills, but never lost interest in what I could do on the farm/working with animals. So last year I decided to take an online program pursuing animal husbandry/nutrition that you can customize to your personal interests and some business courses that I am able to study on my own pace from home, and still be able to work on the side. There are so many options out there aside from the conventional way of going to a college or university to learn and become skilled in several areas.

  2. Great tips, Allison. Thanks for sharing! I absolutely love music — especially the piano — and I would eventually love to have my own piano studio and teach. Another one of my dreams is to publish hymn arrangements. However, the biggest thing I think I need to do right now is get out of my comfort zone. I really would rather have a job where I can stay in the comfort of home, away from tons of people, but like you said, sometimes we just have to face our fears πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the encouragement!

  3. This was good! One tip that I’d add is to watch for opportunities among family and friends. I now work for my aunt at county fairs in the summer and I work in the high school cafeteria where my friend works, and our employer is my friend’s aunt. Like you said, it can be somewhat scary to jump out and do something new. I was a third born too and my two older brothers who are twins are both leaders and so is my younger sister. I’ve always just preferred to follow their lead. But the first thing I did for fairs was bag checks and telling people what they could and couldn’t bring into the fair, and I was in charge. All these people had to do what I said and I had to make a lot of ‘leader’ decisions. But I found that I actually enjoyed it!
    And yeah, it took a lot of patience to find a job… But after waiting and praying, the right jobs practically fell into my lap! My suggestions are to have patience and pray… If God has something out there for you, He’ll bring it to you at the time that is practically perfect in every way!

  4. Wow thank u!! I needed this.. this has probably been the greatest so far although the others r very helpful too.. πŸ™‚

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