Social media? Networking? I guess I am supposed to know these things since I’m a said “Millennial”. Well the truth is, up until about 2 months ago, I didn’t. But let me back up a few years and start from the start.
I have been used to the good old system of create a resume, submit the resume, get an interview, get the job. It’s how I’ve gotten every job I’ve ever had, starting with my first job as a cashier. Followed by receptionist, receptionist again, waitress, financial analyst, etc. My last job was a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica. Best job I’ve ever had. But I digress.
Around my final 6 months as a volunteer I knew that my service was coming to an end and I needed to start thinking about my career. I started to think seriously about the projects I had done, the work I enjoyed, and what I was truly passionate about. Reflecting on all of these things I was able to come up with a loose idea of what I wanted to do; be a community development, marketer, fundraiser, event planner, person. Sort of. Ok, I didn’t really have it figured out but I knew what interested me and started looking at companies and positions that spoke to my career goals.
Move home. Start applying. No calls. Oh, crap. After about 1 month of applying to places with little response I realized that I needed to change my game plan. I quickly realized that I would have to start networking and get active on some social media platforms to get results.
During my past 2 months of job hunting I have had failures and successes. Not getting a job yet: fail. Learning about job hunting, networking, and social media: success. Attending networking groups, setting up informational interviews with professionals in the career industries that I am interested in, and learning to use social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest has not only helped me to get closer to getting my dream job, but it has helped me to grow both personally and professionally. I know that I will be bringing new skills and knowledge to my future job that I didn’t have before I began my job hunt.
The truth is that job hunting is a process. Especially when you are young professional still trying to figure out your career goals. But it’s a good process. Every day that I research companies, send out resumes, write cover letters, and go to interviews, I get closer to understanding what I want in my career and how to achieve it. While being out of work isn’t ideal, it’s a time to learn, grow, and come out better than you were before. And that is just what I’ll be documenting on this blog. I hope you will follow my experiences, share your own, and that we can learn from each other.