Newly engaged, and with her fiancé stationed halfway across the country in the Army, Sola wanted nothing more than to get out of Minnesota and get her life’s next chapter underway. She consulted me for some resume help and my strongest message fell on deaf ears: Don’t quit your job yet, I told her. She sent out her resume, interviewed twice and promptly gave two weeks’ notice to quit her job.
You’ve shot yourself in the foot, I told her. She gave notice on her apartment and started packing. Sometimes people make mistakes. Sometimes, so do I. Sola was confident. She knew there was a demand for her skills and she knew where she wanted to be. My experience says that finding a job is easier when you have a job, and negotiating a better salary is easier when you have a salary. Sola didn’t follow my direction, but she didn’t let me down, either.