What I Learned Looking For A Job
Life is hard. Let’s just be honest about it.
Finding a job is important. Think about it, you spend a third of every day at your job. This is if you work a traditional 9–5. However, we all know that the goal is to do something different. It’s 2020, no one wants to be stuck sitting at a desk. For a lot of people, Covid-19 has created an opportunity for a different work-life. However, this is not permanent.
I don’t want you to think I have all the answers. I’m 24-years-old and I don’t have a job right now. Partially because of Covid-19 and partially because I’m picky. That is my main point for this story. Everyone should be picky.
1. Know yourself
When you are looking for a job, you need to know yourself. Know who you are and what you like. Do you want the traditional 9–5? Do you want to go into an office and sit at a desk? Would you be happier working outside, maybe with your hands? These are just a few questions that you should be asking yourself before looking for a job.
I’m willing to bet that a lot of you reading this story went to college. If you didn’t, that isn’t a problem. The reason I said that is because a lot of people go to school to get a degree in a specific field. That degree ends up handcuffing them to a small number of possible careers. Don’t be scared if I’m talking about you. Just because you got a degree in a field it doesn't mean that you are stuck there. That’s why it’s important to know yourself. Know what is going to make you happy.
2. Be patient
This is one of my biggest problems. I’m not patient even when I know I have to be. Finding a job, and applying for it, requires patients.
I’ve been there. You find a “perfect,” job and apply for it. Then you constantly refresh your email because you are anxiously waiting to hear back. Next thing you know a day or two passes and you still haven’t heard anything. This is not a good feeling. You start to feel as if you’re not good enough. You think that you’ll never find a job. I’m here to tell you to RELAX.
Life is hard, and finding a job may even be harder. But if you don’t put yourself out there you’ll never find one. Applying for as many jobs as you can is the name of the game. But remember, know yourself and what makes you happy.
I don’t have all the answers
I just don’t. I’m not going to lie to you and tell you something different. I’m still trying to figure it out myself.
Everything in this story has been part of my experience. As I said, I’m 24-years-old and I don’t have a job. But I know myself. I don’t want to work the traditional 9–5 desk job. I don’t want to be stuck behind a desk and miserable every day of my life. Writing has allowed me to have an outlet to express my feelings and emotions. However, I haven’t made money from writing. I’m not the guy who makes $1000 every story I publish. I’m still trying to figure everything out. My point here is that it’s okay to not have everything figured out.
I’ve spent a lot of time talking about knowing yourself. Because I know myself, I’ve been looking for jobs that fit me best. Although I would love to make money from writing, I know that it’s a long journey. With that being said, I have to find something that will pay the bills. For me, I’ve decided to look into a job at the Post Office. Being a mailman is not a career that I thought I would ever do. But as I get older, I see the value in the field. Working outside every day, good hours, and great benefits. Not to mention the fact that this field will allow me to continue to do all the things I want to. Training and writing are important parts of my life, a job at the Post Office allows me to live my life the way I want to.
I cannot express the importance of knowing yourself and being patient. Finding a job is hard. But knowing yourself will allow you to find something that will make you happy. Trust me, being 24-years-old without a job sucks, but it could be worse. One last piece of advice, life is a lot better when you are optimistic. Believe good things will happen to you. Everything has a way of working out.