I’ve spent a lot of time over the past 3 years looking for a new job. Here’s what I’ve come up with as far as what that actually entails…and also as to how I don’t really understand what it takes to land a job…apparently.
Actually, before moving forward, I have to say that I find it amusing that this post is scheduled here. I come up with the topics for a given week all at once, this topic being determined several weeks ago. Right before coming to write this post (not having looked to see what it was supposed to be about) I had just begun my first attempts at looking for a new job since around this time last year.
Needless to say, this concept has been on the forefront of my mind lately.
And honestly, I don’t have much to talk about on this topic, causing me to wonder why in the world I actually decided this would be a good thing to place in the queue.
But here I am…guess I had better come up with something.
In my old(er) age, I’ve begun to realize something that I was aware of as a younger person, but not really considering in my occupational choices. The older you get, the more difficult it really is to change gears and work on a completely different kind of job.
For instance…when I began really truly looking for a new job a couple years back, we (meaning my family) were in a solid enough position for me to start at the ground level in any companies I might have interest in, making peanuts until I might be able to show them how much more I could do for them. I’m pretty talented like that…and even if it didn’t work out that way, I wasn’t too concerned.
But here’s the thing. No matter how much I told them I was willing to start at the entry level, they were all concerned about what my actual needs would be. It didn’t matter to them how much I expressed my need to move out of what I was currently doing and how much I loved what they were doing (as opposed to my initial and continuing hatred of what my current employer stands for (sorry employer…rest assured that I never call you out by name on here or anywhere else public)).
Meaning…I’m kind of stuck. Which is weird. I’ve never actually been stuck before. All my life I’ve kind of fallen into jobs…usually jobs with really great management that I really loved, until I didn’t anymore. Suddenly, I can’t get a job no matter how hard I try, no matter how well I kill the interview, no matter how much they make it seem like I am the only person they could possibly want for the job.
I’m old…at least when it comes to looking for a new job.
And that’s weird.
Even within my current company I seem to be finding roadblocks toward moving forward. Considering my history of more than satisfied management and cost savings projects, it really doesn’t make any sense.
SO, when I tell you that I shouldn’t be writing a post with ideas on how to perform a job hunt, I’m being quite serious, because for the first time in my life, I’m in an honest to goodness slump.
Luckily for me, I have a job, and it pays well…and I have my burgeoning career as an author.
SO I can’t complain.
But I really have no idea what I was going for with this post.
SO, with all that being said, I’m shutting this one down early. Hope you don’t mind.
Have fun out there! I’m going back to the job hunt.