Yesterday Boy and I were talking about the whole looking for a new gig thing and he mentioned to me that his boss received a resume from someone who stated in their cover letter that they never took time off and could work at maximum efficiency for 18 hours at a time without consuming any food. This just goes to show you how totally messed up the employment system is right now if people are so desperate to get a job they are willing to forsake food*.
So, since I hadn’t updated in a while about what was up with my own hunt, I figured I would write a little bit about how things were going for me.
Being honest, I’ve got to say it’s hard, especially with economy right now and because I am in a specialized field (publishing). My parents have, at least in the past, tried to convince me to just take whatever, but I’ve gotten to the point now where that is no longer an option for me. I worked really hard in school, I graduated with honours and I’ve finally got a job that is in the field (or at least adjacent to the field) I want to be in, so I just don’t feel like pissing away the last three years of experience to answer phones for a better paycheque**.
That said, I know no one is just going to pop out of the blue and give me a job in children’s publishing, so I’m expanding my application field into things that I think might be lateral steps that will help boost my marketability. So in the last couple of days, I’ve applied to jobs doing communications for theatre groups, I’ve applied to jobs doing fundraising for museums, I’ve applied to jobs helping edit and create psychological tests and I’ve applied to jobs clearing rights for local publishers. None of these are my dream job per se, but most require skills that I already have and are in environments that sound fun to work in. Besides, I didn’t necessarily think I was going to love doing what I do now, and what do you know? I actually kind of do (and I’m good at it).
In any case, as I make progress (and hopefully I will soon), I’ll update again, but for now I just thought it might be good to put some of my own struggles and frustration about things out there since I know a tonne of people are in similar situations right now and it helps sometimes to hear that you’re not alone.
Good luck to other the other searchers out there! Hopefully we’ll make it through to the other side soon!
*Plus it totally reminds me of something Dwight Shrute would say, and I think, in general, that’s kind of bad.
** And unfortunately, with how little I get paid, I could pretty much count on $7,000 more a year taking that kind of work.