posted on Oct, 1 2010 @ 04:28 AM
Finding a job is difficult. I myself have just ended a long stretch of unemployment and here’s my story. I recently graduated last year and was
unemployed for 8 months (yes, I took time off to enjoy the NFL playoffs to the fullest during Jan as I though a four week break couldn’t hurt) and
have recently found a job in Venture Capital. It’s a 12 month contract but if the economy picks up or I show them how valuable I can be, they will
find a way to keep me on. After all, if Mike Vick can play himself back into a starting role after doing the despicable thing that he did then why
can’t I? During my time I have sent out no less than 150 resumes to multiple industries. I went on 20 in person interviews (both first, second,
and sometimes third) as well as 10 phone interviews. Is it depressing hearing a lot of no’s, yes of course it is but you can’t be discouraged you
have to stay positive no matter how bleak it may look, yes as other posters have said, attitude does matter. It’s hard, but you have to stay
One of the key things in any job search is to know your target industry. Is it a growth industry or is the industry dying? If it’s dying why are
you still in the industry and not looking for another? What does this industry value and how do I obtain it? Once target industry is identified you
have to make yourself valuable to the companies in that industry, that is, you have to make yourself standout from the crowd. What makes you
I want to work in finance and as I said I was lucky to find a job in Venture Capital. In 2008, seeing the market crashing and my chosen industry
crashing and burning, I realized I needed something else to help me in my job search as other than internships (they add up to a year of work
experience) I have no experience and I am competing not only with my fellow classmates but those who have 1-4 years of experience, I am even competing
with you, yes you who are reading this in whatever country or part of the nation you are in, if you’re in the financial industry. Capital and jobs
are mobile, always have been and always will be. So how was I to compete?
To make myself standout from the crowd a little bit, in addition to my degree, I took numerous professional certificates that apply directly and
indirectly to my industry while I was still in my end of 3rd/4th year back in late 2008/2009. What do I have: I have a business degree majoring in
finance from a good school, nothing special your average post secondary school, series 6, 7, 26, and 63, I have some Canadian financial certificates
as well (CSC, Legal Aspects of Commercial Financial services, because well, they are a large trading partner and we are living in a global world so
having knowledge of another market is always good to have because there could be Canadian companies in need of capital).
All that to be competitive for entry level employment. In some cases I was competitive primarily because of the extras that I have and in other cases
I was not competitive at all. Yes, the whole inexperienced thing was brought up a lot but I also was told more than a couple times while being told
no, that having those extra certificates was primarily why I was short listed for at least either a first or phone interview even though the companies
were short listing candidates with more experience.
One other thing to add, you see a lot on the news that the talking heads have said go out and get a degree. But the big thing is, is not all degrees
are equal. Industry values some more than others. As an example, I have two older brothers both with degrees as well. One has an engineering degree
majoring in Petroleum and Natural Resources. He’s employed and has great job security. The other, he has a fine arts degree majoring in history
which to be honest does not qualify him for a lot. As you probably guessed, he is a teacher, for how much longer we’ll see as there are threats of
cut backs and his job could be one of them and that is a worry because he doesn’t have much that makes him valuable to the private sector nor much
in the public sector. So yes, if/when he loses his job he’s going to have a very tough time. He’s already thinking of teaching English in Asia.
Yes I understand post secondary education isn’t for everyone but it is absolutely critical to have something that sets you apart from the crowd, it
could be a trade, but then you may think of obtaining multiple trades. No matter the field, there is something you can do that will help. You have
to ask yourself, would you hire yourself and why? Then as a follow up to that question you have to ask how many other people possess what I possess?
If the answer is a lot then, well you will have a difficult time, it sucks, and it’s not fair. In the end, keep your head up, be persistent and
always be thinking of how you can improve your skill set in whatever your chosen industry is.