Dance First, Think Later

By: Amber McCraw, Career Advising Fellow

Today’s post title was inspired by a book titled “Dance First. Think Later: 618 Rules to Live By” by Kathryn and Ross Petras. Unfortunately, I have not yet had a chance to read the book, but it is on my “to do” list.

I really enjoy this mantra and think it is perfectly applicable to the job search.  Currently, I am in the job search since the fellowship ends in May, so this phrase is on my mind personally, but also in my advising appointments with students. In regards to the job search, we need to “Dance first and think later.”

What do I mean by this?

I hear so many students question whether a job will be the right fit for them in terms of qualifications, location, job responsibilities, etc before they even apply for a position. I’ll admit that I am also guilty of this. But, how do you know if a position will be right for you if you don’t apply and interview for it.  If you choose not to apply, then you’ve cut yourself off from the position without giving it a chance.  If you apply and it doesn’t work out, then at least you did everything possible on your end.  The same goes for your qualifications – you may think you are slightly under-qualified for a position, but you never know what mix of skills, characteristics, knowledge, and experience an employer is truly looking for.

That being said, if you absolutely know you don’t want to move to a certain location or you truly don’t have the qualifications for a position, then, remember that your time is valuable, so it should be spent applying to positions that are genuine possibilities.

So, “Dance First. Think Later.”


Author: Amber Moser

Amber Moser serves as a the Assistant Director of Career Services for the School of Communications. Previously, she served as a Career Advising fellow for the 2014-2015 academic year. Before arriving at Elon, she earned an M. Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia where she worked in Residence Life. Prior to UGA, Amber attended NC State, leaving with a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Psychology. As an advisor, she works with students in the School of Communications to help them set and reach their career goals. This includes working with students to update their resumes, practice their interviewing skills, develop their professional brand via LinkedIn, and provide them with resources for the internship and job search.

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