There has never been a more difficult time in my quest for a full-time job. I guess a part of me can’t complain because I have a part-time job for the time being. Plus, I’m being pretty picky about where I see myself working.
It’s been eleven months since I walked at my graduation ceremonies, nine months since I’ve been free and looking for a job, and five months since I officially graduated and landed a part-time job at Banana Republic. I have lost track of the number of jobs I’ve applied to in the last several months, and up until last Tuesday, everything seemed so bleak.
I was asked to come in for an initial screening with a recruiter for an executive assistant position. Needless to say, since it was a significant position at a well-known studio company, I spent hours upon hours doing research and prepping answers to potential questions. When it boiled down to the 25-minute meeting, not everything went according to plan – my mind drew a bit of a blank, I rambled a bit, and I lost focus. After the interview, I sat in my car for at least 15 minutes reflecting on it and decided to cancel all of my plans for the rest of the day. It’s been a week since that day, and I see it as a prime example of what I shouldn’t do at interviews. On the bright side (and there is always a brighter side), I took the interview as practice, as I haven’t gone in for a meeting as such in a really long time.
With my birthday in two days, I can only hope that something, anything will come up for me. I made a tweet at the beginning of the month joking about my ultimate birthday present being a full-time job I can love. I don’t think it’s going to happen — at least, not yet.
It’s my hope that a new year will open new doors and allow me not so much to expect the unexpected, but to embrace it. It’s true what they say — even the brightest and most positive people were once at low point in their lives.