In order to prevent my family from falling into destitution, I had to forfeit my bum ways and seek employment pronto after my long-ass trip to London.
It took me three weeks to find a position that was a good fit for me, which isn’t a long time compared to what most other people have to endure.
So I’ll say this from the outset: THIS IS ALL GOD’S BLESSING. IT DOESN’T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH MY SKILLS OR STRENGTH BECAUSE I TOTALLY SUCK. HE PUT ME IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME.
But for readers who want some of my observations of this aggravating period, listen up so that you won’t have to make the same mistakes I did.
– Have friends who work in Human Resources vet your CV. My mother is an employer, so I had lots of pointers from her about the things they typically look for.
– Humblebrag your ass off. When making your pitch to a company, resist the urge to go on the “look at how great I am” route, because the last thing HR wants to deal with is another young punk with a chip on her shoulder. Paint them an alluring picture of what you can potentially bring to the table.
– Don’t take the first offer based on salary alone. Many jobs, like modeling or cabin crew staff, have a very low ceiling for advancement. If you take it solely on pay, it’ll be a stain on your resume no matter how long you choose to stay at that job. If you quit after half a year, you’ll look like a quitter with ADD. If you stay for several years, you could be wasting your talent and energy (and possibly qualifications) that could’ve been channeled into a better job.
– Remember: Recruiters make money off your employment. So they are gonna do they darndest best to make sure you take the job they offer you, whether or not it’s a good fit.
I literally had a recruiter tell me, “I don’t care”, when I expressed my reservations about a position she had thrown my way. Later when I went to the interview, the interviewer and I both agreed that it wasn’t something I was looking for. Can’t say I was entirely remorseful about telling the recruiter the outcome when she called the next day.
– If you find that you’re not having any luck getting a job you want, it won’t hurt to call a recruiter and ask about possible pitfalls. This was a screw-up that cost me a week of job hunting.
I spent the whole time applying for a position at multiple companies to no avail. One of them emailed to offer me an alternative position, which I declined. So I emailed her, asking what was wrong with my CV. She told me I wasn’t qualified for that position, so there was no way they could consider me. After doing the math, I hit my forehead on my desk and went to apply for the proper position. While doing so I was yelling at my friend over Facebook Messenger that I was a bloody idiot.
– Consider jobs abroad, and tailor your CV accordingly. There’s little wisdom in fishing in a dry pond. We’re fortunate enough to live in an era when we’re much more connected to different cities. Exploit the hell out of that.
– Whatever you do, keep your focus! Half the battle is taking the hits without losing hope or enthusiasm. In the working world which school never prepares us for, rejection is the norm. There are a million reasons why you might not have gotten a job you were eyeing, some of which might have nothing to do with you. And believe me, you don’t want to carry a crappy mood into subsequent pitches or interviews.
Now, go out and carve your empire, one small bite at a time.