Like many, when I graduated from university, I did not have a job lined up – at least not a career job. I donned my traditional and symbolic robe, I walked the stage, I shook the Chancellor’s hand and accepted my diploma, and I went back to my retail, hourly-rate job.
At first I wasn’t stressed. After hearing others around me worrying about not yet having started their careers fresh out of school, I was determined not to let the same anxiety take hold of me. Luckily I loved my retail team and enjoyed work for the most part, but eventually it got tiring, and I became impatient. I wanted to activate another part of my brain and use skills that were necessary for tasks other than customer service.
So I began applying to positions, never hearing back from any of them. Now I understood the gnawing sense of disappointment and mounting concern for finding a job. I sent so much energy, manifested into PDFs, out there, and didn’t receive any back. I was feeling disheartened, scouring the vast expanse of potential, just out of reach, that is LinkedIn. I saved many jobs to apply to later, I kept tabs on my connections and congratulated a past manager on her promotion in her company, and then, feeling that the negative impact of The Job Hunt was not productive, I took a deep breath. Things will happen, I told myself, in their own time.
A week or two later, an email popped into my inbox. It was from a PR firm, inviting me to meet in regard to an editorial assistant position, here. She told me she had gotten my name from a contact at a magazine, the same magazine for which my past manager, whom I had only recently congratulated, had worked.
Well, whaddya know.
This would lead to two interviews, being hired on my birthday, and a creative role with Coco & Cowe and Halo PR Group. Just like that, things had fallen into place.
I realize that this doesn’t translate into practical tips for landing a job that aren’t already made available by other sites, but what I can tell you from my experience is this: stay in touch and keep your head up. I wasn’t keeping in touch to the point of exchanging weekly emails with my past manager, but my taking the time to congratulate her and acknowledge her hard work had brought me back to top of mind. And then, to top it all off, this happened just after I had decided to level with and remind myself to be patient. I do credit my hard work at my previous positions for ensuring my good referral, but I can’t ignore that the universe works in mysterious ways and rewards you when you put the work in.
So keep trucking; you’re working hard and it will show.
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