On the Job Hunt: Part 2 [Confessions of a Twenty-Something]

So, when I last filled you guys in on my post-grad life, I had finally graduated from college. I was taking it pretty easy and doing my best to be sufficiently lazy after working my ass off for an entire term. Those lazy days quickly began to bore me, and I was looking to have more of a purpose. I was itching to get a job so that I could, y’know, make money to pay bills and buy things. I hear that’s why people get jobs anyway. You can only watch daytime TV for so long before you start talking to your TV and yelling at Maury to read the paternity results already!

Anyway, this is the second installment in my journey to getting a job. I have been applying for many jobs that I’ve stumbled upon through various job-posting sites (which are very helpful and I highly recommend them!) and actually have had some nibbles after weeks of applying and hoping and praying! As you may have read a few weeks ago, I recently had a phone interview with a really cool company that I truly did have my eye on as a potential employer. When they contacted me and asked if I would be interested in talking with them a little bit more, I was terrified but excited!

So about that interview…I thought I did pretty well. I felt like I nailed most of the questions and asked some really interesting ones for them too. Even with all that confidence and hope, it’s a bummer to tell you guys that I did not get the job.

And thus began my brief, but significant, pity party.

I felt bad for myself. I let out some very large and dramatic sighs. I sullenly broke the news to my friends and family like my dog had just died. I then rehashed the interview in my head, wondering where I went wrong. I was grieving like I had just gotten dumped or something. I allowed myself to be sad for a bit because as you know, I am a big advocate of letting yourself be bummed once in awhile, but I was getting pathetic. Thankfully this portion of the program didn’t last very long because I quickly snapped out of it. I took my head out of the dark hole I’d buried it in and realized that I was being silly and childish.

Things like this are going to happen when you’re looking for a job. They’re going to happen often. Rejection is not only a part of the job-hunting process but a part of life. And accepting that rejection is a part of growing up.

I needed to keep a stiff upper lip, pull myself up by my bootstraps, and get on with my life. I need to try, try again. And I will!  Yes, the rejection stung a bit, and truth be told, I didn’t fully understand how they could just brush me off so easily. My thought process was like that of a bitter and semi-crazy ex-girlfriend.

A person with more news writing experience? What does that even mean? WHO IS SHE? I could have news writing experience if you wanted me to. I could be that person for you! Let me love you!

I didn’t want to be that girl, so after I let my bruised ego heal, I got back up on that proverbial horse and applied for more jobs. This time, I paid more attention to the job descriptions and if it really was a job that I was qualified for. Could my skills really shine here? Would I excel at this job? Instead of just applying willy-nilly for any company with an opening, I’m really narrowing down my prospects. Not only will this help me feel less stressed when the interview offers/rejection letters start rolling in, but it will also help me narrow down what I want to do, what career path I want to trot down (yup, I’m trotting down my paths these days), and what kind of job would fit best for me. Obviously, I want to keep my options open and feel the freedom to take my talents (to South Beach loljk) to different fields, but I feel that narrowing down my pursuits a bit will be beneficial in the end.

Sure, rejection sucks, but it’s something that’s unavoidable in life. All we can do is take whatever hardships come our way and make them into something that will help fuel our pursuits and encourage us to strive for more. Now that I’ve looked the job interview process right in the face and dealt with someone telling me that I wasn’t the right fit for the job (which can really feel like you’re not fit for any job), I believe I can take their criticism, heal from this, and move on. This transition period has definitely been a struggle but also a great learning experience. While I’m still not where I would ideally like to be, I can feel myself getting closer to a life that will fit. Stay tuned in the next few weeks for Part 3 of this job-hunting saga, which by the way is way better than the Twilight saga, right? Right.

For more Confessions of a Twenty-Something, check the archives!

Katie recently finished her undergrad at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. She enjoys wasting hours on Facebook and tweeting things no one cares about. When asked the question, “Do you do marathons?” She promptly responds, “Of course! Which show?” Follow her @KatieGarrity! Or read her personal blog where she talks incessantly about Ryan Gosling and hummus here! 

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