the job search

Good news: I found a job!

Well, I already have two jobs, but this is a “real” job if you will. Being a recent college grad, I’ve spent the summer looking for full-time opportunities. Okay, if I’m being honest, my summer job search consisted mostly of applying to a position here and there online. I kind of took a break and just tried to enjoy my time off, which I definitely did. Last month was when I really started cracking down and applying to places.

I have to say, looking for a full-time job right now is a very humbling experience. I thought it was going to much easier than it turned out to be. Applying to positions on companies’ websites proved to be almost useless. It wasn’t until I started applying to smaller, local companies that I got any kind of response back. Getting interviews was one of the toughest parts of the process. Everyone faces the same challenge of trying to differentiate themselves on a piece of paper. And that can be tough when you’re a recent grad without a ton of experience. I think you have to use everything you have at your disposal; whether you were part of a team, volunteered, had a seemingly unimportant part-time summer job, or whatever it is, you have to draw from whatever past experiences you have and define the skills you have gained from those experiences. It can be tricky. Be creative.

One of the things I didn’t realize was just how time consuming writing cover letters and tailoring resumes is. If I’m being honest, it’s horrible. I don’t even know how many different resumes I have saved. I don’t even know how many companies I’ve applied to. When I started getting calls to interview, I had to go back and figure out what company it was and what position I applied to because I eventually applied to everything in my area of interest, even if it required more experience than I had.

I also thought that once I had an interview, it would be relatively easy to get an offer. Boy, was I WRONG. I thought this because it’s much easier to convey the type of person you are, what you’re capable of, your personality, and so on in person and over a conversation than on a piece of paper or two. Also, I had never not gotten a job after interviewing before. The positions I was applying to now were obviously much more competitive, but I still didn’t think it would be so difficult. After being told no so many times, it’s hard not to get discouraged. But you can’t. There were a few times that I thought I was going to get an offer but didn’t. It was disappointing, but I told myself it just wasn’t the right position and kept applying. It also helped that my parents and boyfriend were always encouraging me and telling me that I would find the right job. They were right. I was made an offer last week for a receptionist/administration assistant position. I start tomorrow and am very excited! I have to figure out what to wear.

My goal is to someday work in fashion, preferably fashion marketing. It’s a tough business though. I have a lot to learn still and am just starting to navigate my career so we’ll see how it goes. But I’m excited for what the future holds. For those of you looking for jobs, keep looking and don’t stop. It’s a really tough market, but if you are persistent, you will find something. And keep your options open, you never know where something may lead in the future. Good luck to any other job hunters out there! I know there are a lot of you. Remember not to doubt yourself even when you don’t get a response back or are told no over and over. You can do it. :)