I’ve been job searching off and on for the past four months. I’ve done the daily rounds of checking various job boards, applying to a few jobs here and there through annoying online systems, and emailing cover letters and resumes into what seems like a black hole.
Enough is enough.
Everyone says that when you’re job searching, you need to make it a full-time job, and spend eight hours a day working on your job search. You need to carry business cards and find a way to “get in the back door” of companies. You need to work your networks as much as possible, and find ways around typical job application procedures. Network, network, network, right?
I haven’t really been doing any of that- until recently. Why, you ask? Because I am painfully introverted. I don’t like to bother people, and I feel like people will be annoyed if I call them. I LOVE email; and since that’s my preferred method of contact, that’s how I tend to contact other people. I haven’t spent my entire days job searching, because (at least, with the online-only approach I was taking) it was too depressing and draining. I have enjoyed splitting my days between job searching, doing things around the house, and working on various personal projects.
But, again, enough is enough.
I’m the first one to admit it: I’ve been using social media/the internet as a crutch in my job search. It’s easy to sit around in my pajamas while job searching online, blaming the economy and crazy companies for why I’m still unemployed. But (warning! cliche job search quote alert!), as they say, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein
And my job search has definitely been driving me insane. I thought I had been handling it well emotionally, and I was until Thursday night. I had a bit of a meltdown that was fortunately only witnessed by Andy. It was cathartic (I’m many things, but I am NOT a crier- except for Thursday night), and made me realize that I need to change.
So today I met with a recruiter who I had connected with on Twitter, Steve Levy. And he gave me some excellent advice about how I should be approaching my job search. I can still do most of it online, but I now know better ways to target my search and find the right people to contact. I feel like I have much better direction than I had before. I need to get over my fears of talking to people I don’t know, and I need to take much more initiative than I have been.
After I met with him, I spent a few hours at Union Square park with my computer and a big cup of tea. Even the simple act of having a change of scenery did wonders for my mood. Andy’s been working from home a lot lately, and our apartment is not big enough for both of us to work in. We both get distracted by each other too easily, and we share a desk/desk chair. I’ll need to start spending more time working on things outside of my apartment, because this was just lovely. It wasn’t too hot out, and there was a live jazz band playing. And free wi-fi!
I also met with my friend Alisha from KickApps to talk about doing some email marketing for her new startup, taptank (which you should totally check out. It’s a way to use your social networks to achieve your goals, and it’s going to be huge!) I’m excited to have an email marketing project to work on again, because I really do miss it. I’m especially excited to be able to build it from the ground up. I don’t even mind doing a little pro-bono work for it at first until the company gets more funding; I just want to work.
You hear that, New York? I JUST WANT TO WORK.