We were thrilled to hear from our friend Sarah Walsh about how she channeled her inner Kate while going through a major life change and searching for a new job in her new city. Sarah shares her excellent tips below so hopefully you can find a great position for you.
For those of you who don’t know Sarah, she’s a very talented writer who is all about living well and authentically. Be sure to check out her blog, where she shares the ways she has learned to live well. From good manners to capsule wardrobes and everything in between, Sarah is continuously improving her well-lived life. Here is Sarah’s story – and her tips – on finding a job with Kate in mind.
After becoming engaged to my own prince a few months ago, I realized that it was time to leave the safety of Berkshire and start a new chapter in a palace we could share together (which in reality is a rented, 2-bedroom townhome). Because we’re moving over an hour away, I decided I would need to leave my job at a marketing agency to find something new. To anyone who is looking for a job or has been on the job market recently, you know how stressful the job hunting process can be. I’ve spent weeks biting my nails and losing sleep trying to figure how to find a job, continue working at my existing position, pack our belongings, and have time for family and friends.
I woke up one morning, looking ragged yet again, and logged onto Twitter to check out the latest royal tweets on my feed. It was then I had one of those lightning bolt moments and asked myself, “How would Kate find a new job?” I looked down at wrinkly clothes and messy hair and cringed. Definitely not very Kate-like, but I decided that this was something I could change. Thinking back on all the lessons Kate has taught me through the years, I developed a new approach to my job hunt.
Take a day (or two)
Kate is a pro at self care. She knows the value of taking time for yourself, even if it leads to scrutiny. After she had her children, Kate took time for herself and her family, pausing her charity work and appearances. If you’ve saved up any vacation time, consider using it now instead of waiting for your company to pay you for the time after you leave. After all, time is your most valuable resource when it comes to applying for jobs because cover letters and online forms require a lot of attention.
Take a day or two off to develop a list of jobs you’re interested in and then apply. When you don’t have to cram them in after a long day at work, you’re more likely to write a compelling letter that will earn you an interview. While you might feel guilty for being out of the office that you’ll be leaving soon, remember that sometimes you need to put yourself and your needs first.
Look presentable when you’re applying
Very few photos exist of Kate looking less than her best–most likely because she consistently tends to her appearance. While it may be comfy to apply to jobs in your pajamas, this outfit choice won’t put you in a professional state-of-mind and make you feel like the royal you are.
Consider looking your best even if you’re sitting at home at your desk. While a suit certainly isn’t necessary, take the time to put on clothing that makes you feel confident, apply a little makeup, and give yourself a Kate-worthy blowout. These little tweaks will help you envision yourself in the position.
Consider a different direction
Kate devotes her time to causes she’s passionate about, but they aren’t directly related to her degree in Art History. While her job at Jigsaw did relate to art, her duties since becoming a duchess have broadened her professional scope. Now she focuses her attention on subjects like mental health and the Scouts in addition to her love for art.
When searching for jobs to apply to, think outside of the industry you’re currently in or the degree you have. For example, my background is in writing and marketing, but I’m also looking into positions that are related to my passions, such as animals and philanthropy. By not limiting myself to what I’ve known lately, I’m opening myself up to new possibilities to pursue.
If you’re running out of time to find your ideal job and will need an income sooner rather than later, apply for part-time positions that will help you earn money but still give you time to apply for a full-time job. Be inspired by the work Kate does.
Maybe you find a retailer to work for to embrace your love for fashion or offer your services to a charitable organization that needs extra assistance. Even if the pay is minimal, it’s still money coming in and keeping you afloat. By thinking of Kate-approved jobs, you’re likely to enjoy the work you and feel good about doing it.
Find someone to guide you
In order to become the Duchess she is today, Kate needed someone to guide her and support her as her role changed from commoner to royal. She undoubtedly sought out advice from etiquette experts and role models such as Camilla or the Queen herself.
When searching for a new job, you’re likely to become a bit lost as to where your career is taking you next. Find your own mentor who can support you during your transition and give you direction when needed.
Prep your interview outfit
While it may not seem like it at the moment, you will eventually be asked in for an interview. This is the perfect time to draw extra inspiration from Kate. The Duchess has a knack for dressing professionally while still adding her own unique touches to an outfit. Recreate some of her looks and exude a regal confidence in your interview.
While I wait for a long lost relative to tell me I’m actually a duchess (there are family rumors we’re related to King Henry II and Eleanor of Provence!), these Kate-inspired ideas are helping the job hunt process seem much more tolerable. Hopefully, I’ll soon be pursuing a new career, and you will, too!
We love seeing how Kate has impacted people in their daily lives, and Sarah’s great coverage of thinking about what Kate would do in a situation many of us have faced is only one great example of that. Thanks for sharing with us, Sarah!
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