What Hurricane Sandy Teaches Us about Job Searching

Job searching throughout the storm

The stormy seas of job searching

While millions of Americans across the east coast wake up to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we’re also left with some lessons from the storm the average job seeker can apply to their search:

 Be Prepared

There’s no doubt that warnings of the storm were sent out by people far and wide.  From public figures to the regular media, east coasters were made clear that the storm was-a-brewing and that everyone in its path should take all necessary precautions to stay safe.  As a job seeker, you can NEVER be too prepared when it comes to applying for jobs and more importantly, when prepping for the big interview.  Double check the spelling on your resume.  Do plenty of research on the company you’re interviewing with and confirm the names of those at the company you may come in to contact with.  When it comes to the job search, first impressions count and like with any powerful weather system, you can’t afford to take any kind of hit when it comes to your livelihood.

 Dress Appropriately

Galoshes, raincoats, gloves and hats are all articles of clothing required when braving a storm system like Sandy.  Consider the dress code of your potential place of employment when preparing for the interview.  If you’re hoping to obtain the store manager position at a posh clothing boutique, your interview outfit should be professional, yet chic.  If it’s a booming new startup where jeans and ball caps are acceptable, perhaps you leave the 4 piece suit at home and opt for a biz casual look for the interview.  However, if the job you’re interviewing for is with a Fortune 500 where traditional corporate culture paves the way for business suits and closed toe pumps, you’ll want to make sure you appear polished and poised when walking in to the office.

 Always Have Extras on Hand

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from a hurricane like Sandy, it’s to have plenty of extra supplies.  Whether it is an extra flashlight, a few jugs of water, or some packs of peanut butter crackers, the last thing you want in the wake of a storm is to be in the dark without any food or water.  Don’t be left in the dark when it comes to the interview.  Always bring a pad and paper for notes and also bring extra copies of your resume.  If you have samples of your work you’d like to showcase, bring those in as well.  Employers want to know what makes YOU unique so anything you can do to present yourself as prepared and competent will make you standout.

 Don’t Drown, Turn Around.

Although finding a new job requires sacrifice and commitment, remember to be smart when dealing with good ol’ Mother Nature.  In the event of a natural disaster, don’t put yourself and others at risk trying to prove you are a super dependable individual.  If a state of emergency is declared by Governement Officials, give your interviewer a call and ask to reschedule.  Your common sense will be appreciated and make a lasting impression.


2 thoughts on “What Hurricane Sandy Teaches Us about Job Searching

  1. Greetings,

    Sandy gave us tragedy and opportunity in order to help us come together. I really enjoyed this blog post and it is well written and hits homes. Thank you for writing this post. I look forward to reading future posts from you.

    Many Blessings,
    Stacie Walker
    WomanInLeadership.com Founder

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