I’ve been absent from the blogosphere lately… mostly because life is moving forward faster than expected and, when I finally catch my breath, the last thing I want to do is process things by writing.
Over the past few weeks, I have learned a great deal about job hunting. When I started this journey, all I wanted was employment. “Dear magical job fairy,” I prayed, “just give me work!” I now realize how naive and arrogant that appears.
Yes, scrolling through job forums is boring. There are so many jobs that just don’t strike me as very interesting. Sure, I could do well as an administrative assistant and would succeed doing marketing via social media. But would my heart be in my work? I’ve learned that I need to identify what I want in a job and be ready to fight for that.
Since the last time I blogged, I have had two interviews with the same company–a resort in Northern Minnesota–for a management position. The first happened via Skype. The second took place in person this week when I did a site visit. I’ve asked the tough questions: What are the benefits worth monetarily? Is there a timeline for promotion? What does your on-site housing look like? What is the culture like in your business and in your area?
Right now, I’m in the awkward waiting-to-hear-back phase to see if they want to hire me… which is a tense place to be.
One thing I’m learning, though, is that not every job is a good fit for every person. Just because I’m offered a job does not mean I should take it. There are other questions to be asked: Is this job in line with where I want to go long-term? Would I be happy here? Do I want to live five hours from my family? Does it pay enough to save up for graduate school?
I’m not sure if I will take the job if it’s offered to me. In my heart of hearts, I’m not convinced it is the best choice. It’s a gamble, though. What if I say no and then don’t get another offer for months?
This past week, I found a library job that hits all the sweet spots on my checklist. Just reading the description got me so excited that it kept me up at night. It’s directly in the line of work I want to pursue, pays well, is relatively close to home, and would enable me to finally be independent. I poured hours into my application and am praying for a call in the next couple of weeks.
The fact of the matter is, job hunting is really tricky. As they say, beggars can’t be choosers. But am I willing to accept just any job? What if I say yes to the North Shore position only to be offered my dream entry-level position by this other organization? What if I decline the North Shore job and never get a call about the library job? Am I willing to be stuck at home pulling weeds and attempting to piece together a plan for an undetermined amount of time?
The thing is, though, even if I don’t take the North Shore job, I’ve learned so much. I’ve learned what kind of questions one needs to ask. I have a few interviews under my belt. Best of all, though, I am able to identify what I really WANT in a position. I know where I want to go, what that looks like, and feel prepared to fight for that.
Growing up is hard, but I finally have a clear picture of the future I want to have and am ready to fight for it.
If you’ve got any job hunting advice for me, feel free to leave it in the comments!