I’m very happy with where I’m at, thanks for asking! The road to employment was a long and bumpy one for me. For other people I know, it was easier, for others, they’re still looking for a decent job. They may be employed, but not the type of employed they envisioned while in school. I like to hear about where are and how they got there. I am happily and gainfully employed now, but it took a very long time to get there.
So let’s start at the beginning:
Graduating from Nova in ’09, I frantically looked for jobs on monster.com, careerbuilder, craigslist, NCAA job boards, Experience (the Villanova job search engine), indeed.com…I looked everywhere! My mother scoured the Classified like a fiend, she didn’t understand why all the jobs have to be found on the internet nowadays. When I wasn’t searching for jobs, I worked at VIllanova’s basketball camps. Decent money, but this was no career–camps only happen over the summer. Basketball camp season quickly drew to a close, and finding a job became a full time job–> (It has to be a full time job if you want to find something). Some people stay at it for about 8 hours a day, keeping multiple search engines open and constantly refreshing their emails to see if that one recruiter got back to them about their application. I only spent about 3-4 hours a day, because I figured once I got all my resumes out for that day, there’s not much more I can do. But there is always something you can do. I admit, I could have been much more proactive about finding a job, but it was exhausting.
Note: You need get involved in as much as you can and do as much as you can while you’re in school. Employers love to see all the activities you were involved with. They like to see that you were actually participating in things rather than in your dorm looking at every one’s Facebook profiles all night. Do an internship during the summer, or even during the school year. Just do something. The problem with my resume was my lack of experience in anything. All my work experience consisted of was basketball camps or the equipment room at Villanova, and I was applying to jobs in the editorial and communication fields. Do something that is relevant to what you think you want to do with your life.
In October, after two months of being without a job, I caught a little bit of a break when this lady from AmeriCorps called me up. I had applied to many different AmeriCorps opportunities but not very many got back to me, one of the ones that did I completely blew the interview (phone interviews suck!). So, this lady calls and tells me to come interview at this K-8 school in Philly. So I go, and I get the job on the spot. Problem is, it was only a 10 hours/week type job (I worked a little more than that, but still), and I got paid by a minimal monthly stipend.
Around the same time, I had interviewed at this school in Bryn Mawr for a JV basketball coaching job. That same day I was driving up for the interview at AmeriCorps I got a call from the Athletic Director saying I had the coaching job.
I went from having no job to two jobs. It was exciting for me, for a little.
After the basketball season wound down I quickly got frustrated with the AmeriCorps job because I wasn’t being paid that much at all. I was just ready to move on to the next stage of my life. I finished up my hours in May 2010 and then I went back on the grind. I thought that my resume was much better off now with an impressive thing like AmeriCorps on it, but I still was coming up short in my job search.
One of my dad’s coworkers saw an opportunity at a sports website and gave me the guy’s email address. It was an internship for sportswriters. I was discouraged that it was just an internship, but still, it would’ve been something. I thought I did a fantastic job at the interview. Writing is one of my passions and becoming a sportswriter (albeit an Intern) would’ve been a dream. While I anxiously awaited his call throughout that week, I got a call from this headhunter guy asking me if I wanted to interview at this company that had an opening.
To backtrack: I had set up my own website where I was writing fiction, and since I had a writing background, I set up a resume strictly geared towards my writing interest. I had the website, my senior thesis, and my writing experience at the Villanovan to speak of. I put the resume up on Monster and made it live, so anyone could see it. This headhunter had seen this resume and figured I was good for this job.
Anyway, I interviewed the next day, and I thought I did pretty well. I got a call that same day from the website saying that the guy thought I did really well in my interview, but I didn’t get the job. I was bummed, but something about that interview felt great. Two days later I got a call saying I got the job.
Ain’t it funny how stuff works out sometimes? I had spent all this time searching all over the place for a job and a headhunter calls to say he got me an interview at a really amazing company! Awesome!
It’s different for everybody, just don’t get too discouraged. All you need is one person to say yes. And then you live happily ever after for 8 hours a day in a cubicle.