Over the past week I have been posting for jobs like a crazy woman! I have my new and improved ‘this season’s latest style’ résumé and I’m taking it out on the town and finally getting some hits!
Next week I have several phone interviews lined up (step 1), all with pluses and minuses.
Two jobs are at a company in Atlanta, where my dear friend Lacey lives, and she seems determined to get me to move down there! I must say, at this time of the year, and with the warm winter we’ve had, it will be hard to leave the Southeast….. so Atlanta is tempting for several reasons! The issue? I am not so crazy about the product this company makes. There is nothing wrong with it, I just can’t relate. I happen to know a VP there, though, and he has already put in a good reference for me, so we’ll just see how it shakes out. There are a few other jobs in Atlanta that I have applied for, and Lacey is working her networking magic (thanks, Lace!)
There is also a company in Denver interested in me, the product isn’t too exciting, but I like Denver and the company is part of Berkshire Hathaway (i.e. Warren Buffet) so that intrigues me.
Lastly, the chief competitor of my last employer has finally woken up to the fact that I have posted for a position! The job is extremely similar to my last position so I am well suited. It is in the greater Los Angeles area. I don’t mind going out to Cali and the corporate culture is very cool, but for some reason I have heard Neil Diamond’s “I am…I said” two times over the last few days which is weird (more on that below).
I have also reposted for a few jobs at the country’s two major cosmetics companies, both located in NYC. Between these two companies, they own pretty much every major brand in the market. I have worked for one of the brands in the past (before they were acquired) so I am surprised I haven’t had a hit yet. I assume it is like the L.A. company and they just haven’t found me yet!
FYI…my trick on reposting is to use a different e-mail address. As everything is on-line now, your e-mail address is part of your identification so they know if you have already posted. So, I just use another address (@yahoo, @gmail, etc.).
Searching for a job is hard, boring, boring, boring work! It takes forever! I get up every morning and make myself a latte and then head to the computer to review all the e-mail alerts I have received. For instance, today is Saturday and I had 11 alerts, one of them had 34 postings associated with it, so you can see how it adds up and you really need to stay on top of it as some jobs disappear quickly!
Once I have decided which jobs I like/suit my qualifications, I save off the job description, tweak my résumé (if necessary), replace all the company names/job descriptions, etc., in my cover letter and only then am I actually ready to apply!
The on-line part is so annoying to me! You can upload your résumé to most sites and then the application tries to populate all your information into various cells but about 1/2 of them end up wrong or you need to type in yourself anyway so you need to straighten all that out. Then attach/upload the cover letter, too. Boring, boring, boring! Once this is done, you get a confirmation from the employer almost immediately, so I save that off, too.
I have a directory on my computer where I store all this stuff. Each company has its own sub-folder with typically four documents (job description, cover letter, résumé, confirmation). I save this directory to a jump drive and in the afternoon I go over to the outplacement office and print everything out, hole punch it, and then come home and file it all in a big binder I call my “Look Book” (that’s what happens when you spend too much time with marketers!). Then if/as I research he company I add that to the Look Book, too.
I actually have two “Look Book” volumes at this stage due to my flurry of activity! To date I have posted for about 60 jobs, no lie, most of them in the last week/week and a half.
It is hard enough looking for a job and wondering what it is I want to be when I grow up, but added to my dilemma is not knowing where I want to live. As my mother would say, it is likely not my decision to make…I need to see what offer(s) I get and then decide if I want the job and want to live wherever the job is, so no need to fret over that just now, but having too many doors/possibilities in some ways makes things more difficult.
So, back to “I am…I said”. I like the idea of the job in L.A. because the culture sounds great. I haven’t explored the West Coast much, either, nor Asia (and L.A. would be ideal for traveling to Asia). I also know someone pretty senior at their corporate office here in NC so can get a good reference for that job. The cosmetics companies in NY are very appealing to me as I absolutely loved working on those products, but NYC is sooooo expensive. Then, in the midst of it, I have heard “I am…I said” two times this week so I wonder if it is a message of sorts? It sums up a lot of things for me right now! Here is the stanza and chorus that strike me most:
“Well, I’m New York City born and raised
But nowadays, I’m lost between two shores
LA’s fine, but it ain’t home
New York’s home but it ain’t mine no more
I am, I said
To no one there
And no one heard at all
Not even the chair
I am, I cried
I am, said I
And I am lost, and I can’t even say why
Leavin’ me lonely still”