That's because I GOT A NEW JOB!!!!
Me on my third day :)
So exciting. I finished up in my previous job (a 1 year contract at WLU) on April 31st and had started moderately job searching back in March when I knew I wouldn't be continuing with the part-time role (which has now been commissioned to students for P.D. opportunities). Having completed a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies, I figured it would take me noooo time to find a job…..ya, wrongooo! That righteous ill-prepared self of me got a rude awakening.
Although I didn't heavily start searching (like it was my job…ha) until early May, I did not suspect I would encounter the hardships of job searching I was negligent to consider. It is a tough TOUGH market out there my friends and simply applying to jobs with that same old resume format that auto-populates in Word will not cut it. I spent hours upon hours researching, attending webinars, watching videos, visiting with career consultants to literally perfect my CV so that I could stand out. Needless to say, my resume is pretty damn fine. I'm not kidding. Check it out here.
So now feeling more confident with my prior work history, education, and finest assets compiled in a fancy-dancy package, I figured I would land the job in a couple weeks. Easy peasy. Wrong again. I had 9……9……NINE, interviews and no job offers. I felt confident with my performance and even booked mock-interviews with the career consultants at my university to ensure I was as prepared as I could have been.
"On average, it takes 10 interviews before a job seeker lands the position he/she desires" - J.T. O'Donnell
Employers were impressed. Too impressed. I'm not trying to brag (ok maybe a bit), but the feedback I was given was along the lines of "You have a solid background. Why do you want to work in such a junior role?" OR "Your portfolio is quite impressive but we feel you don't have enough work experience"……well, ya…it might have something to do with the fact that I was a students for 100 years. #Duh
But I get it….I felt overqualified, but with not enough work experience and trying to find that middle-level job was tough. I was getting so frustrated with the interviewers asking me why I wasn't applying for high-end jobs, but those higher-end jobs were telling me I needed more work experience. I could keep going but I want to get to the GOOD news!
I wanted to share my experience prior to sharing the exciting part because I feel like the time that I did have off was a blessing in disguise and I also learned a lot of great job search methods and career tips that I would eventually like to share with you all!
I have now been hired on as the Social Media and Content Marketing Coordinator for Greybrook capital and I am SO thankful! I have to commute an hour each way to get to and from the office, but knowing that my hard work has paid off, I am not bothered. I just feel for the people who are still struggling, and stressing over something that once they have maximized all career planning efforts, is in the hands of fate. I guess J.T. was right because the exact 10th interview I had, I got the job! Keep your chin up job seekers!!
Stay tuned for some more stories, tips, and strategies I have learned along the way :)
Until next time,