It has been difficult to stay positive during this whole process of job hunting. The news is bleak all over. Some are hiring, most are not. Of those that are, one is expected to assume a role that encompasses the duties of multiple positions. Make lattes and do payroll? Devise strategic marketing plans and clip your toenails? Balance the budgets and re-plumb the entire building? All this splendor for $15k a year?!
Where do I sign?
On top of that, competition is stiff. I’ve read stories of high-level professionals taking a 50% pay cut in order to get by. Of course, something is better than nothing, but with so many overqualified applicants vying for the same position, I hardly stand a chance.
However, my luck changed as of last Tuesday. That’s right! You’re reading the meaningless blog of someone who is now employed (technically as of February 23rd). How was I able to snare one of these evasive jobs and avoid having to navigate the dreaded unemployment benefits system? **I also wrote a blog about THAT little gem which I have yet to post**
It wasn’t the temp agency. It wasn’t Monster.com. It wasn’t Craigslist (ahem, Mr. Scammer, you have been reported and justice will be mine assuming Craig, himself, hasn’t been laid off). It wasn’t even a friend of a friend of a friend. My new employer happens to be my former agency’s client.
Alas, the toil and trouble of perusing the help wanted sections, creating dazzling cover letters, and spending hours on applications turned up completely fruitless. I’m in no way complaining though. I was able to land a job which still fulfills my chosen career path, plus I’m familiar with the company’s inner workings.
I was excited, however, at the possibility of partaking in my very own Ralphie dream sequence moment straight from “A Christmas Story”. Some hapless employer would stumble across my resume after hours of a grueling and exhaustive selection process. It would be the perfect moment to prove myself a shining beacon of light to illuminate the weary HR department. “Poetry! Sheer Poetry, Trish! A + + + + +…”
Also, had I known I would muddle through so many dead ends during my search, I could have spent more time coming up with a better list of “25 Random Facts” for my Facebook page. Not that I would have, mind you, but I could have. Come to think of it, even if I had all the time in the world on my side, I probably still couldn’t come up with 25 facts to entertain you with.
So now I have a new chapter to embark upon and I have to admit, I’m pretty stoked. Not only do I have something to keep me busy during the day, but I’ll have the ability to pay my electric bill as well (by the way, it’s friggin’ cold in the house!). This bodes well for you too. Now that I’m working, there will no doubt be less Twitter updates about cheesy tots. Sorry ’bout those….
Most importantly, throughout this entire process, I’ve received unconditional support from my family, friends, and loved ones…but I didn’t receive any jobs. So get out there and network!!
Random fact #1: I am left handed.