October 2014 Update

On my previous post titled 31 Life Tips, my last tip was "Never Give Up." This post is my October 2014 update. Something good finally happened.On my previous post titled 31 Life Tips, my last tip was “Never Give Up.” After seriously looking for full-time employment since February, I start a new job the 1st week of November. I never gave up looking even though I could have. Happy is an understatement.

I didn’t think that it would take nearly nine months to find another full-time gig. It did though. The process made me a better person. A few things happened during that time.

I didn’t work for a couple of months at the beginning of the year. I was waiting for the right opportunity to come along. When that didn’t happen (as well as The Price Is Right money running out), I started looking for any type of work. I eventually started working two part-time jobs in April. I was able to survive, but I had to pause my debt repayment plan.

I also actively started selling items on eBay and realized that I liked doing so. I had sold some things in the past and had decent success. I’ve noticed that shoes and sports-related items sell really well for me. The money from those sales continues to come in handy.

During the months I didn’t work, I went from being bored and watching useless TV to utilizing my time wisely. Instead of watching TV from 10 am until whenever I started to read more and put a lot more time into this website. I also realized that when I become a full-time entrepreneur and have the days to do whatever, I now know that I will be disciplined enough to get the work done.

I also learned that you should really tailor your resume and cover letter for EVERY position. For a while, I was sending generic resumes out. The only callbacks that I was getting were from companies like Vector Marketing smh. I also worked on my interview skills by using more eye contact and being confident, but not cocky while talking to the interviewers. I also made sure that I researched the companies and asked some outstanding questions at the end of the interviews.

October was also good because I found my first client. I am helping a small company with some social media projects.

How has your October been? Has anything unexpectedly well happen?

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  1. Congratulations on getting the full time job. Sometimes it takes a while. Sounds like you honed those very valuable job hunting, résumé building, interviewing skills and that’s what pushed you over the top. That’s what it takes nowadays. :). Good luck in your new position. S

  2. Thank you very much 🙂

  3. Jason I am SO happy for you! Congratulations and I just know you will do better than well:) Mostly, it’s very cool that you took that time to really learn some things, and hone your skills at others. Happy for you:)
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  4. Congrats Jason! I have a friend who took a year to find the right full-time gig. He’s now in an awesome job that he loves. I was interviewing this Summer and I learned quick that a custom cover letter and resume was necessary for each job “type” that I was applying to.
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  5. Congrats on landing the full time job! When I was doing my job search out of school, I agree with you that I learned you have to tailor your resume to the job description. Even if you just re-phrase some bullet points to make them more applicable to the job I think it goes a long way.
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  6. Hi Jason; so happy to hear about the new job and the new client. it sounds like you kept working and stayed positive and it is paying off. just a couple things for me. in addition to the ebook which you know about I have landed to radio show interviews a blog interview and a guest post for the month of november. I have also been asked to become a mentor to a blind college student who has hopes of starting his own business when he graduates or maybe before then. they are also talking about bringing me to the national federation for the blind convention in san antonio next month so people can get to meet me. thanks for sharing, max
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  7. It may have taken longer than you expected, but you’ve learned a lot along the way which will only pay off in the long run. Congrats.
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  8. CONGRATULATIONS! Not only is it great that you got the job, but that you took advantage of the time before the job to work on yourself. That’s worth celebrating.
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  9. Congratulations on the job and may it be onwards and upwards for you!
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