Most people have heard the adage “job-hunting is a full-time job,” but what often goes unsaid is that it’s pretty much the worst full-time job. It’s tedious, you have to work weekends, there are no happy hours with coworkers, and to top it all off, it doesn’t even pay the bills (well, at least not right away). So if you’ve been searching for months and are nowhere near landing your dream job, it’s understandable that you sometimes feel like you want to throw up your hands, open a bottle of wine, and call it quits. But before you start looking for sturdy cardboard boxes to live in, try first to remember these 5 important things, here on Thought Catalog.
If you’ve gone on several job interviews in a row, you might feel like you’re getting asked the same boring questions over and over… but that doesn’t mean you get to give boring answers. My newest blog post for Fundamentum tells you how to keep your interviewer interested and engaged, even if for you it feels like Groundhog’s Day.
Update: This article is now also featured in the business section of the Huffington Post.
As someone who has written fairly extensively about his sexual mishaps, drunken adventures, and generally poor life decisions (all of which can be found by a quick googling of my name), I have often worried about what a prospective employer for a “real job” might think if they found it… but at least I’m not as big of a mess as the social media morons pictured here. In my newest post for Fundamentum, I give you all the tips you’ll need for burying the digital evidence of your college-shame, and help you to cultivate an online persona that will have potential employers trying to hire you left and right.
I know it’s hard to focus on writing a resume and applying for jobs when you could be marathoning “Scandal” on Netflix instead. Luckily for you, job hunting and dramatic television combine in my blog post for Fundamentum this week, as I imagine what Olivia Pope’s post-college resume might have looked like.
Today, Fundamentum introduced a new kind of post into its usual blog material: career profiles! This is an attempt to broaden people’s scopes when it comes to thinking about a career. Sure, everyone knows what’s entailed in being a teach, or a doctor, or a lawyer, or a fashion designer… but what does a Product Manger or Business Systems Consultant or Production Coordinator do? These are job titles that exist in hundreds of different, awesome, companies, but because they are more obscure and less talked about, you be overlooking them as options. What if one of those jobs was where you found your calling?
For the first profile, I had the pleasure of interviewing my friend Emily about her career as an SEO Account Manager. In the interview, she reflects on how she came to end up in that field, how she got her first job, and all of the duties it entails. Give it a read and see if her experience resonates with you!