The Problem with Job Hunting

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When I graduated college (a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away), I somehow was under the impression that all I needed to do wave my diploma in the air, and any number of companies would be vying for my talents. After all, a college degree practically guaranteed you a rich and fulfilling career in the field of your choice.

Alas, this turned out to be a fallacy. For most of us, a college degree only guarantees that you will start out your young adult life with a hefty amount of student loans. Here are a few other myths that I have debunked during my job hunting experiences.

  1. You need a degree to get a job: I studied Computer Science and found out that I don’t like programming. That makes my degree slightly more helpful than one in Underwater Basket Weaving. It can help, but the right experience can be much more helpful.

  2. You need a good resume: You actually need thirty-eight good resumes. I have rewritten my resume for pretty much every job I have applied for. Companies expect that now. Why? To make their job easier. After all, I have all this free time, right?

  3. It’s easy to apply for a job: UGH! I have applied for jobs where it took over an hour to get through all the preliminaries just so I could upload my (newly rewritten) resume. I had one company that wanted the phone number to my high school, which shut down twenty years ago. Are you really going to call up the principal and ask if I ever had detention? (Just once.) And will that really affect my ability to be a good Administrative Assistant?

  4. You need to sell yourself: I haven’t made it to an interview yet, but when I do, I’m not sure how good I’ll be at selling myself. I’m unemployed! I kind of feel like a failure right now. And no matter how well I sell myself, there are a ton of people out there competing for the same job.

  5. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer: Okay, so this might hit a nerve for some of you, but most companies that are hiring are looking for a specific type of person. I’m not talking about race or sex, necessarily. When I was looking for work in years past, I was regularly asked “sideways” questions that were obviously trying to ferret out my age, religious beliefs, marital status, plans to have children, shoe size, and favorite actor (Kiefer Sutherland – judge me if you will). Watch out for that!

  6. Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life: This sounds so dreamy but it’s just not true! Think of someone you know that really loves their job – they probably bust their tail every day doing it. Unless you are an official wine taster, no matter what you do, you have to really work hard at it to do it well. The world is full of people that go to work every day and earn a living doing something they are less than excited about. There’s no shame in that.

Needless to say, my spirits aren’t broken. I do get frustrated, but I know that things will work out the way that they are supposed to. There’s a plan for me which I can’t see yet (I’m keeping my fingers crossed for wine taster). Life has ups and downs, and my next “up” is coming. I have faith in that.

Ellie Floyd

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Who is Ellie Floyd?

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I’m a newly unemployed woman in my forties, living in Southwest Virginia. I’ve lived all over the country and I believe that the mountains are where I belong. Starting a blog is something I’ve often thought about but never really made happen, so now that I have all this free time, I figure what the heck?

I’m a Christian. I don’t make it to church every Sunday and I don’t go around hitting people over the head with the Bible, but I believe my faith has gotten me through a lot of hard times. I am country to the bone (especially my accent), but that doesn’t mean I have a limited vocabulary or a limited view on life. Whatever this blog becomes, it won’t be about narrow-mindedness or judging everybody in the world but myself.

I’m an animal lover, especially my Standard Poodle, my heart dog. That doesn’t mean I don’t eat meat or kill flies. I do both. But if something isn’t bothering me, I don’t bother it.

I’m a good wife, and I love my husband. I don’t think he’s perfect, but I think he’s cool and cute, and he treats me with respect and affection. I’ve learned that marriage can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it. We try to keep it simple – say I love you and be nice to each other. After all these years, it seems to be working.

So that’s me in a nutshell. I’ll be posting about my life and the things I have learned. If you want me to discuss a topic, I’m open to suggestion. If I can help someone with what I have learned, that would be awesome. If I can learn from someone else, that’s even better. My family and friends have taught me this: life is a roller coaster, but it’s much more fun if you have the right people to ride the it with you. I’m inviting you all along for the ride.

Ellie Floyd