Do you have any advice on job hunting while working a full-time job?
I do! A few of my tips are below:
1) Try to apply every day if you can. This is tough because not every day is full of great job openings so some days will definitely be more lax than others. And you will probably be tired after a full day of work too. But the way I see it, if you put off applying, that’s another day that goes by where the possibility of someone reaching out to you for an interview or phone chat just doesn’t happen. Looking for a new job is a full-time job. It’s exhausting and filled with rejections and no replies back and tears. And it’s really easy to admit defeat before you get started, or take a break when things are getting really discouraging, but remember this is your life, your career, and your future. You can’t let them go or give up on them before they’ve had a chance to take off! Keep your head up high, stay positive, and power nap before diving into those job applications.
2) Tailor each cover letter a little differently depending on the position you’re applying for and what would make you a good fit there and what you can bring to the company.
3) Include your contact information on both the cover letter and resume. Try to make sure your email address veers on the professional side too - time to bury email@example.com if you haven’t already.
4) Don’t get married to any job you apply to or interview at before you get an offer made to you. Nobody will tell you this either and we all know what I mean by the marriage scenario - when you start fantasizing about moving to a neighborhood near the office, walking in there every day and hanging out in the break room, and what your paycheck will look like. I’ve had several places that I thought were sure things not work out on me and it crushed me so much because I had proverbially walked down the aisle to be with them. Dress professionally, ask questions, be polite and courteous, ask for business cards and follow up with a thank you email and let that be the extent of how much you envision yourself working there. Nothing is a sure thing until an offer is made to you and you sign off on it.
5) Don’t advertise it via social media, especially if your employer follows you. If you do reach out to headhunters on Twitter, be discrete and tweet them that you have some questions for them and if it would be possible to DM them over.
6) Don’t be snobby about where you apply to. This is mostly advice for anyone unemployed and applies to the school of thought that because you have a college degree, you’re automatically “too good” to work at a Starbucks. That’s total bullshit. Life doesn’t owe you your dream job upfront just because you think you’re entitled to it. If you really need a job to make the rent on time or pay off debts, apply anywhere and everywhere and work hard while you’re in that job while seeking out other options on the side.
7) Check out college board listings!! These are incredibly valuable resources and alumni from the school will post here first before a generic job board looking for graduates to come and join them.
Instead of writing about how I feel to be moving onto a new job and waxing poetic about closing/opening doors/windows/chapters in life, I thought I’d take everyone on a slightly different journey today.
Let’s tumble down the rabbit hole of shitty interviews I went on in the last year!
Meet my top seven most memorable potential suitors, each one more problematic than the last. This post will also serve as a guessing game, as there are no company names included, but the only major hint you get is that they’re all located in the state of California.
1) Magazine. Very small. Editorial role. Offered me $28,000 to start. Let me repeat that: $28,000 to start. Hell to the no.
2) Extremely well known and universally beloved global corporation. Social media role. I was interviewing at one branch within their overall setup, which as a whole is extremely extensive. I did my homework before this one and uncovered some unsavory stuff that I debated on whether or not to bring up during the interview. I went with my gut and did, because it mattered to me, the prospective job applicant, and also to me, the girl who naturally can’t help but want to get the shit pot nice and stirred up from curiosity.
When the hiring manager asked me if I had any questions, I asked her why this branch was interviewing and attempting to hire anyone on full-time when Variety had reported a month earlier they were closing all of the other branch offices beyond a specific California location and letting go of more than 700 employees. I’ll never forget the look on her face when I asked her that. If looks could kill, I would have been dead and buried on the spot. But my death would have been done in a very G-rated way. Maybe with a song and dance included. Those are the only additional clues I can give you about what company this was.
3) Ad agency. Not an especially great one either. Copywriter role. Owner who ran it kept humblebragging about her former glory days working at Google.
4) Private religious university. Not my alma mater. Social media role. I went on three interviews for this one and was rejected via email. This particular rejection really hurt too. I had an entire strategy mapped out for them to get students involved on blogging throughout their four years at this institution and I thought it was really cool and could help prospective and current students find their niche and major a lot faster and care about what they studied. Their version of social media, incidentally, is less focused on engagement and more about crowdfunding and driving money into the already inflated pockets of the school.
5) Public university. Extremely well known in Southern California. Social media role. Marketing team run by a series of old white men who told me outright during the interview that the pay for this role was crap. I pity the person who did get hired here (if anyone got the job at all) because none of the departments at this school are willing to collaborate together and all view social media as a race to the most followers.
6) Another ad agency. Offshoot of a well respected internationally known agency. Social media role. One of the interviewers got very, very close to getting an earful of Heather rage with a particularly offensive comment he made that dealt with religion. Oh yes, he brought up religion during a job interview with a candidate whose religious background he knew nothing about. Class. Act. They wound up posting a photo of the person who got the job on their Facebook page a few months later and apparently one of the first things they made her do was go on some weird competitive run down in Santa Monica on her first day. Running on your first day at work? Ew. EWWWW.
7) PR firm in San Francisco. PR position. Three interviews later, they did make me a job offer. Mailed me the paperwork to sign and everything. The problem was the dollar amount and for SF especially it was nothing I could comfortably live on. Even without student loans or my credit card bill, I still wouldn’t be able to live there like I dreamed I could. I declined. It was a bittersweet decline, but a practical one because money talks, baby, and I’m now at the age where I’m through with doing anything that falls beneath a certain price tag.
As told by the point of view of a single and (moderately) selfish person, here’s a list of things I’ve noticed brides-to-be doing and/or complaining about that for the life of me I cannot get my head around.
1) The date. Why is this even important? We’re the only species that places so much emphasis into arbitrary calendar dates. Do you really think turtles, birds, and leopards know or care what day is an anniversary, Christmas, or the first day of summer? Stepping aside from the animal kingdom for a minute though, I’d like to address the whole area of stress and increased expectations. Why even set a date if you know every day leading up to it is going to feature you stressed out of your mind to ensure some sort of perfect day? Dude. Spontaneous serendipity is so much hotter.
2) Why every bachelorette party means the bride to be wears a sash and tiara. It’s like that thing I remember hearing once about how prom night is a rehearsal for future weddings. Why a sash and tiara when you could be rocking an ironic ball and chain accessory set instead? I don’t understand it I DON’T.
3) Guest lists. Specifically deciding ahead of time for your single friends that they’re not allowed a plus one.
4) Meal planning and catering. Yeah, like I’m really going to sit down and map out a chart of alternative eating options for vegetarians or people who don’t drink. I’m not down with any of that. Figure out how to feed yourselves and don’t expect me to do it for you - isn’t this supposed to be the bride’s day or something?
5) Venues and venue renting. I don’t love any one place in the world enough to slap a reservation deposit down on it a year in advance.
6) Saying yes to the dress. How about no. How about that’s a horrific extravagance on an impractical article of clothing you will only wear once and never again. And in white of all colors? White? Why don’t we just wheel me off to the morgue now.
7) Something old, new, borrowed, and blue. This sounds as moldy a concept as the aforementioned white dress - no thank you!
8) Expensive cakes. You’re gonna eat it with your fingers when you’re drunk anyway so nobody will notice if you use Funfetti.
9) HORRIBLE RECEPTION MUSIC. If you go to a wedding where the majority of the songs sound like a watered down 8th grade mixer you did it wrong.
I must be the only person I know for whom the ideal reception would be to sit in a hookah lounge with like 10 other people tops, smoke, drink, and listen to Massive Attack’s Mezzanine album.
10) Engagement photos. Namely the ones that take place in a field, at a barn, on railroad tracks, or anything involving holding up mini chalkboards or mason jars. These are so boring. Why doesn’t any engaged couple do a (GOOD) photoshoot at a bar, draped across a piano, channeling Tony Montana and Elvira Hancock in Scarface, etc.
Things I DO get about weddings include:
1) That rock on your finger needs to be the size of a small house or else no dice. Tiny stones = NAH. #PRIORITIES
2) Lots of booze.
3) Really excellent lingerie.
4) No registry but put all the money you’d give me in useless household gifts to my student loans. That will take me much further in life than a crock pot ever will, I assure you.
5) The honeymoon. And it should be a month long, ideally. And you should probably not come back home and begin a new life with whatever you brought along on whatever island you end up on, ideally.