After tirelessly applying for jobs since graduating with my Bachelors six months ago, I have finally and thankfully been offered a life changing career change that I have been waiting for. I have to thank Jamie, a mutual friend of ours for recommending me to apply for the job over a month ago after reading my last job search related post . Without her I don’t think I would have gotten an interview. Thank you also to all of those who have given your advice, well wishes and sent positive vibes my way. I truly appreciate it and believe it helped me through a very long, emotional, tiresome journey.
Since last July I had applied to over two hundred different positions in and around the Portland metro area which I had only gone on about ten or so interviews. Through that time I wrestled with my self confidence and belief in my ability to be useful, questioned my going to school for years to achieve a degree and felt like I would be stuck where I was for eternity. I read books and articles to help me rewrite my resume countless times until I came upon a version that highlighted only important, positive achievements and attributes to my character and skills. I put my pride aside and emailed several past employers asking for letters of recommendation. I received one reply back which turned out to be the only one I needed. It was positive, poignant, and personal. I had to work on my cover letter writing skills, which one might think would be flawless after getting a degree with an emphasis in communications and professional writing… but no. There is always much more to learn when perfecting any form of writing.
The whole process made me think. It made me think really, really hard about what I wanted, where I wanted to be and what was most important to me in my next job. A lot of people I know are looking for a job because of money; they aren’t making enough of it or they are unemployed and have literally none and are depending on family. Though I was not unemployed (thank God) I was still in a place where I felt like I couldn’t properly provide for my family. I knew my earning more was an important factor to my next position but I couldn’t let it be the ruling factor in my job search. If money was the all important governor of my life I wouldn’t have gotten a liberal arts degree. I would have been a business major and become a lawyer or a stock trader.
I started narrowing my job search to positions that I believed would make me happy. I know that sounds a tad ridiculous to some people. I know one cannot bank all expectations of happiness on finding a job. I simply wanted a job that would challenge me mentally. One that would be relatively close to home so I didn’t have to commute an hour or more to and from work every single day (which is what I was doing in my last job.) One that would allow me to use my education and experience to help others, make someone else’s life easier, provide a service and basically make me feel like a useful human being. Compared to my last job, I believe this new one will help me do all of those things and so much more. And though it wasn’t most important on my list of factors for the right new job, I will be making almost double what I was before and the benefits are pretty great too. I got the offer last Friday and was absolutely thrilled to find out my life is moving forward in such a positive direction. I feel very thankful and ultimately humbled by this whole job search experience. It took months, but really it took years for me to grow into the person I am today. Examining one’s own life, abilities and flaws is an incredibly difficult experience especially if you are working on bettering yourself. I know that this job is just one step in the right direction in my ultimate career goals, which I am still figuring out. I move forward from here with a willingness to learn, accept my short comings, and work harder and smarter for the things I want in life.
So I just wanted to say to everyone today, don’t give up. Keep fighting for what you want.