Jessica Goldman



Figuring out the adult world

It is tough. I took my car for a routine check-up. I just had to get a physical for the first time on my own as an adult, and didn't faint when I got my blood taken. If that isn't being an adult than I don't know what is.

I seem to have a lot of bad luck with jobs. After getting laid off twice in one year, all due to circumstances out of my control (company changes, what can you do?) I feel like I am in an awkward place in my life. How do you explain to employers what on earth is going on?

And getting laid off sucks. When companies go through changes and can no longer can afford to keep you on, you feel a little lost. You know it wasn't you and your work ethic, but it also has you doubting yourself, your skills and what you can bring to the table.

After going through the job hunt process twice last year, I am beginning to pick it up again. I know the drill, so it isn't difficult. But, it is time-consuming, mentally exhausting, and worrisome. You never know what will happen when you click submit. Sometimes you submit an application and it gets lost in the mass pile of resumes. Sometimes you email someone personally and there is nothing available. Sometimes you blankly submit your resume and someone requests an interview.

Everyone tries to give you advice on what you should or shouldn't do when job hunting, and while advice is great, I've learned the best you can do is to just trust your gut. They tell you how to write a cover letter, how to present yourself, how to talk about yourself, etc. It is tough, overwhelming and often scary. 

But the best thing that I could tell myself, and all of my friends hunting for work or wanting a career change, is to be yourself. It sounds cliche, but I believe it 100%. If someone doesn't like you for whatever reason, doubting who you are as a person is just going to bring you down. But remembering that someone will like you and will hire you (it is all about timing) will keep you going.

Some simple advice I can give, however, is to work to present yourself in the best light possible. In your cover letter, talk about your accomplishments and improvements you made to companies you worked at. Numbers are great. Don't regurgitate your resume. Look up common interview questions, like your biggest weakness, and practice your answers a bit so you aren't stumbled. Always talk about how you learned from mistakes and improved. Always research the company you are interviewing for and learn their clients/projects. If the company isn't exactly in the industry you want, learn to tailor your past experiences to this new industry and why you want to try it out.

At the end of the day, however, you are who you are and your experience is what it is. And timing is everything. Being out of work isn't fun, (because what on earth are you supposed to do all day?) but knowing that all it takes is that one employer to see something in you makes it all worth it. Hopefully.

Maybe now I can really strive for that career in music I've been wanting since I graduated... Only time will tell.


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