September 5, 2014

Finding a Job is a Job

Now that's a mouthful, but I don't believe I've spoken truer words. Finding a job IS a job. And ladies, its a hard one.

When I first dabbled in applying back in April, I wasn't as productive as I probably could have been. I guess I was; and I say this with the least amount of drama as possible, in a complete and total state of shock. And at least for me, when I go into shock I do nothing, which is exactly what I did for months. I didn't take my GRE or apply for grad school and I wasn't busting my balls in typical Morgan fashion to make something happen with my life.

Now that I'm a few months into life as a post grad, I now see how silly all of this was. Do NOT do what I did. I know how scary it is to not have a direct step, but don't stop moving. Be proactive in some way and eventually things will fall into place. And even though I have yet to land the job of my dreams, I feel so much better about myself simply because I'm taking action and taking control of my destiny. I know that with a little hard work  lot of hard work I can have the life I always dreamed of and guess what girlfriend, so can you!

I know one thing that helped snap me out of my funk was making this job hunting process my own experience. I reached out to several people in the industry to pick their brains, I even met one for coffee, just to learn as much as I could from people who already had their dream jobs. And then I began applying to at least 3 jobs a week after giving my resume and cover letter a much needed face lift (expect a post on this very soon!).

I also dove head first back into blogging (hello new site design) and allowed myself to dream big and crazy; researching positions that I'd like to hold one day, even creating a few of my own. Doing these things helped make the process seem less scary and rushed. I guess like most women my age I felt, and sometimes still feel this urge to have everything figured out and tied together with a nice pretty bow. But that's honestly a bunch of crap, so don't you  buy into all those people who say that you have to know what you're doing. Take your time and figure things out at your own pace, in your own way. Realizing this is what saved me from total panic mode, but maybe something else will work for you. Figure out what gets you excited and motivated about the journey you're about to embark on and then roll up your sleeves and get going! I don't call this My Gorgeous Chaos for nothing!

Are you still looking for your big career break? How did you get over the initial "real world" shock?



Ashley said...

It sounds like you’re being very proactive on the hunt now! Keeping my fingers crossed that the perfect job comes your way soon!

Erin Oliver said...

I totally feel you on this. I graduated this past May and had applied to over 50 jobs between January and June and had a pretty solid resume, but it was seriously the worst process ever and required a lot of sweat and tears. It did eventually pan out though, and I have a job now.

Wishing you the best best of luck in finding a job you love -- it sounds like you're on the right track right now and will have something soon!

-E @

Morgan Paige said...

Thank you so much! I appreciate the support girlfriend :]

Morgan Paige said...

I'm so glad that you found something :] You've got some amazing persistence! And yeah it's definitely a process but I know eventually all the hard work will pay off! Thanks for stopping by!

Jana | One Drawing A Day said...

One of my friends decided he would go on as many job interviews as possible even for positions that barely interested him. It helped him get rid of the nervous feeling about interviewing and he landed a great job. His interview total was around 50 I think.

Morgan Paige said...

I think that's a great way to get practice and get more comfortable during the interview process! Thanks for sharing!

Morgan Paige

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