There comes a time when one has to leave one's parents' house and lead an independent life. This change may bring its own joy because you have the freedom to do the things you like, choose the decorations as you wish, and can make your own decisions as an adult. However, you need to know a few things before taking on the new responsibility of choosing to live independently. This article provides guidance to get you ready for big changes.
Part 1 of 3: Looking for a Job
Step 1. Create a bio
You need to prepare a bio to explain the skills you have. However, writing biodata without work experience is not easy. Apart from these obstacles, you need to provide information about yourself, for example: skills, work experience, educational background, and others. If you've never worked, read the wikiHow article “How to Get a Job Even Without Experience” to learn how to write a good_Resume_Functional_sub bio.
- Choose the right format and appearance of the biodata. Don't use overly creative fonts and flashy colors so as not to distract. Prepare a one-page bio, it doesn't need to be too long.
- Describe relevant skills and background. Recruiters need to determine if your skills can support the company's success. If you don't have work experience, explain that you are able to complete work within deadlines, serve customers well, have work professionalism, and organizational skills. Also share your success in completing projects with the team, holding charities, hobby activities, and achievements that you have achieved through contests or competitions. Do not forget to include the value of the study results.
Step 2. Write a quality cover letter
Since you don't have any work experience, use your cover letter as a means of convincing recruiters to get you an interview. Adjust the contents of the letter with the job qualifications you want. Explain why you want to work and are able to provide the best work performance.
If you want to apply as an assistant document administration supervisor and are accustomed to arranging assignment files on the study desk using an orderr labeled in alphabetical order of the courses, take advantage of this "hobby" as a selling point
Step 3. Find a job
You have no money if you don't work. As a result, you will return to your parents' house to stay and eat. Be prepared for the first job application to be rejected, but if you keep trying, you will get hired.
- If you really want to be independent, look for work in earnest, for example via Monster.com, Linkedin, or Indeed.com. Choose the right job then send your bio. Fill in the application form provided to apply for the job you want. Do this every day until you get an interview call.
- Get in touch with people on your contact list, friends, family members, neighbors, teachers, or anyone else who might be recruiting. Networking and letting people know you're looking for work makes it easier for you to get a job.
- Look for work that you are capable of doing or are already good at. Don't wait until you find the most suitable job vacancy. You can use your phone calls and communication skills to work as a receptionist.
Step 4. Get in touch by calling
After submitting your bio or filling out an application form, increase your chances of being accepted for work by contacting the company by telephone. Introduce yourself to your supervisor or hiring manager and explain that you have applied for the job. Thus, your application will be prioritized when recruiters make selections.
Step 5. Prepare for the interview
Use the interview as an opportunity to convince the recruiter that you can do better than other applicants and have a good personality. Remember that your goal is to get a call to work.
- Think about why you are the best candidate for this job? If you've never worked, think about the personal qualities you can contribute to the company. Share experiences that show that you are capable of achieving success, especially those that are relevant to the job you want.
- Show confidence and humility. Convince the recruiter that you are capable of performing well, but are willing to keep learning. Recognize your strengths and weaknesses, but present them in a positive way. For example: “After realizing the importance of interacting with other people, I tried to overcome my shyness so that now I am used to greeting new people, making new friends, and having more discussions.”
Step 6. Start working to earn money
You can live independently if you can earn money. In addition to developing useful new skills, it helps you determine long-term activities that you enjoy based on everyday experiences. So, do whatever it takes to make money from now on. For now, don't wait for the right job because you can look for another better job.
- Work as a reading tutor, newspaper deliveryman, or pizza delivery boy while trying to find a job after you finish your assignment.
- Do a service job, for example: being a freelance translator, being an online taxi driver, or babysitting and doing this profession regularly so that you can earn money to support yourself.
- Explore the possibilities of working in advertising, film, theatre, radio and TV. Actors and presenters usually get a decent fee and can receive royalties.
- Consider working as a contract employee. Some companies recruit contract employees in various fields to work within a certain time span. Make sure in advance how long you will be working so that you know when to start looking for work again. Temporary work is an opportunity to gain skills and build networks.
Step 7. Be positive
Do various ways to get a job so that you can take care of yourself. Finding a job can be stressful at times, but keep trying until it works. Rest assured that you will get the job you want.
- Apart from lack of work experience, frustration can arise for other reasons. Your abilities may still be limited, but you can contribute in other ways. So focus on what you can give.
- If you're constantly worried because you've never worked, think about ways to gain experience, for example by doing a part-time internship or volunteering. For a while, you may be short on cash from working unpaid, but everyone has to take the first step.
Step 8. Take the lecture
If you haven't been accepted for a job or want to find a particular job that requires a bachelor's degree, it's best if you need to attend college. While earning a bachelor's degree or certificate takes a lot of time and effort, you will find a more fulfilling job. Look for information on tuition programs that are affordable on the internet.
- Many universities provide dormitories so you can learn to live independently. The hostel usually provides food. If you or your family can't afford the dorm fees, seek financial support or consult with the hostel administrator to find out how to fix it.
- Universities usually provide learning opportunities while working. Working part-time on campus is an opportunity to gain experience and useful references so that you can work in a higher position after graduation. Learning by doing is usually part of the grant agreement. Ask for detailed information from the funding department.
Step 9. Consider the possibility of pursuing a military education or community service program
Military education trains and guides young people to be able to live independently. Plus, you'll find out different ways to get a job after graduation. Discuss the field of work that is right for you with a recruiter or search the internet for information on community service programs.
Part 2 of 3: Creating a Financial Budget
Step 1. Find a roommate
One way to save money and start living independently is to share the cost of boarding. Find out if there are friends who are willing to share a room and pay half the cost of the accommodation. In addition, you can look for cottages that can accommodate more than two people to reduce costs.
- Find roommates by asking friends and relatives or via craigslist.org. However, you should get references and do some background research before sharing a boarding room with someone you don't know.
- Some apartments allow each tenant to pay their own housing costs directly.
- Boarding costs may be lower in certain locations. You don't have to look for friends to share a room with if you've found accommodation within your budget.
Step 2. Find a place to live
If you've found a friend willing to share a room, just skip this step. If not, invite a friend to find a lodge with the best offer. Usually, both of you will be asked to sign a rental agreement or contract.
- Look for information through friends or websites. How much does it cost to rent? Is the utility fee included? Is there furniture already? Make a decision once you are informed by answering the questions above.
- Be aware that there are lodges that require you to pay a registration fee, security deposit, and/or the first and last month's rent. There are also those that require tenants to pay insurance premiums. Make sure you have enough money to pay for the additional fees.
- Pay the requested fee and sign the rental agreement. The rental period is usually 12 months, but some offer 6 months or monthly options. If you are still looking for the most appropriate location or looking for a suitable roommate, choose the rental period according to your needs.
- After deciding where to live, take photos of the conditions outside and inside the room and/or building before you occupy it as evidence if there is any damage. Save the photos carefully according to the date they were taken in anticipation if they are needed later.
- Learn the rules that apply so that you are free from trouble. Is it okay to keep animals? If so, do you have to pay a deposit for the pet?
Step 3. Make a decision
If you decide you want to share a room with friends, determine the division of tasks and other costs. Decisions agreed upon from the outset will prevent problems from arising in the future.
Make a mutual agreement by discussing the following: noise in the house/room, daily chores, sharing utility costs, smoking, hosting guests, and the consequences of not following the rules. It's a good idea for both of you to sign an agreement as roommates to share your views, understand what to do, and prevent conflicts in the future
Step 4. Provide utilities
If the rental agreement does not include utilities, contact the utility service company you need. Look for information on companies that install plumbing, electricity, telephone, internet, and trash removal at your location and then contact them to find out how to install it. If necessary, prepare a photocopy of the rental agreement.
- Use utility tools in the form of packages. Telephone and internet companies usually combine several services at a discount.
- Try to save energy because now you have to pay for the utilities yourself. Use energy efficient light bulbs and turn off lights when not needed. Do not sleep too late. Prepare blankets, instead of turning on the air heater if the weather is cold.
Step 5. Create a financial budget
Determine your spending plan by calculating all your expenses (rent, utilities, meals, etc.) and your income. Financial management is usually the most important aspect after you live independently because you have to manage so that the money you have is enough to pay for all living expenses.
- Don't spend money on fun (bowling, watching movies, eating out, etc.) over budget so you don't run out of money to pay bills.
- Don't forget to budget for other costs, for example: the cost of gasoline, transport, insurance, furniture, clothes, repairs, etc. Make an effort to save every time you receive a paycheck just in case.
Step 6. Pay bills on time
Make sure you know the due dates for all bills and make notes. Determine what bills you must pay each month each time you receive a salary. Make payments on time consistently so as not to adversely affect the results of your credit assessment.
Part 3 of 3: Developing the Ability to Live Independently
Step 1. Prepare your own food
Don't wait for someone to provide you with nutritious food, because from now on you have to buy food with your own money every day. At first it may be a bit difficult, especially to adopt a healthy diet, but over time it will get easier.
- Don't just warm frozen food and cook instant noodles for dinner. A nutritionally deficient body makes it easier for you to get sick, have trouble concentrating, and lack energy so you can't take care of yourself.
- Learn to cook. Look for recipes on the internet to determine which menus can be cooked using existing ingredients. Apart from that, you can also plan your daily menu and find practical recipes. Cook rice, steamed chicken, and boiled spinach as a healthy, easy to make, and economical menu.
- Cook enough. Get used to cooking meals with portions of more than one day. It's not that hard because you only need to cook for yourself and maybe for one or two more people. Cook two or three recipes and then store them in the fridge if they have excess.
- Don't often buy fast food or eat out. Although it is more practical than cooking at home, it is more expensive and is a waste.
- Take advantage of a meal invitation if a friend or family member invites you to eat out or at their home. This is an opportunity to enjoy delicious and free food.
Step 2. Do the homework
Parents no longer tell you to take out the trash or tidy up the bedroom. It's time you realized why they've been asking you to do this. You should clean your house regularly to prevent unpleasant odors and disturbing animals, such as cockroaches, mice and ants.
- Clean the room every day, especially if there are food crumbs. Get in the habit of sweeping floors, vacuuming carpets, cleaning tables and stove tops. Also clean toilets, bathrooms, showers, and mop floors at least a few times a week.
- Wash clothes regularly so that dirty clothes do not accumulate. To keep your clothes clean, make it a habit to wash them at least once a week. There are lodges that provide laundry services. Otherwise, you will have to do the laundry yourself. So, make sure you know how to wash clothes properly according to the instructions on the label.
- Wash the dishes every day. Dirty dishes that are left to pile up will smell bad. Wash dirty dishes by hand or in the dishwasher then dry and store.
- Take out the trash when the bin is full. Garbage that is left to pile up will not only smell bad, but will invite rats and cockroaches.
Step 3. Learn to do repairs
Repair costs are usually very expensive. If you rent a cottage, it is the owner who is obligated to pay the repair costs. However, you also need to know how to replace the electric switch when the light goes out, replace a broken light bulb, and fix clogged toilet drains.
Step 4. Shop wisely
In order to live independently, you have to pay for your own food, socks, tissues, and other necessities. Choose items that are relatively cheap with brands that are not yet well known so you can save money. Don't forget to buy fruits and vegetables, but they must be consumed while they are still fresh. Before shopping, write down everything you need for the next week on a budget. Don't get distracted so you buy things you don't need.
Step 5. Choose the most economical transportation
Use public transportation, taxi, bicycle, or walk. Private cars require a very high investment so that the price of the car will be increasingly expensive, for example: insurance premiums, maintenance, and gasoline costs. If you are just starting to live independently, it is not time to buy a car, especially if you are not ready to pay the installments.
Step 6. Make new friends
When you start living independently, it's a good idea to make new friends and socialize. Look for opportunities to meet new people, such as when you are taking classes, attending parties, attending concerts, working, and doing other activities. Introduce yourself to the people you meet and chat with them.
- Build a relationship through things that you both enjoy. Try to find common interests, experiences, or life goals. Start by noticing if your new friend is wearing a shirt with the logo of your favorite team? Does he ride the motorbike you dream of? Did he study the anthropology that you are interested in?
- The best way to get to know people is to ask. Invite him to chat. Show genuine interest when he talks. During the conversation, also talk about yourself to build mutual trust.
Step 7. Face the fear
If you don't like crowds, trouble, or living alone, get over those worries right away to make your life easier. Most likely, there is no one who is always ready to help you or comfort you all the time. After all, you have to be in a crowd at the store, at school, or at work. So learn to adapt.