Yup, I’m a Marketing Specialist looking for a new opportunity.
It sounds kind of like a personals ad, doesn’t it? You know, the kind where people like long walks on the beach, going out to dinner and want someone who will make them laugh…
Anyways, back to the point: I’m looking for a new job.
Actually, I’ve been looking for a new position since the beginning of August and it’s been a really frustrating process.
I’ll do the job search of a dozen different websites to come up with maybe two positions that seem like a great fit. Then, I spend an hour or so tweaking my resume and cover letter to highlight my skills that would be specific to that particular job opportunity. Next, I check in with a couple recruiters and LinkedIn to see if anyone has a contact at the hiring company. Then, I shoot off my information and wait.
I make a follow up call or send a follow up email.
Do you notice a pattern here?
Oh yeah, then I wait some more.
Maybe, if I’m lucky I’ll receive a generic email stating that they were overwhelmed in resumes and have hired another candidate. Most likely, I’ll just never hear anything back and assume that I didn’t get the job.
I’ve also reached out to my network of amazing business contacts and put the word out there that I’m looking for a position. Some have sent me job postings that they’ve heard about. Others have passed my information through to their friends who work for recruiting companies or who might know about job openings. I found out about one awesome position from a friend of a friend, and actually went in for an interview. Now I’m just waiting to hear if I’m invited back for a second interview.
Hmm…I should be pretty good at waiting by now, right?
Honestly, I’m starting to get a bit worried. Actually, strike that – if I’m being really honest let’s just go ahead and say I’m starting to get FREAKED out. I have friends who were laid off many months ago that are still looking for positions. I only have four more weeks in my current job before I get an itty bitty little severance package, then I get to survive on unemployment until I can find something else.
I’m working to pick up freelance work doing marketing consulting, desktop publishing, event planning or website updates. However, what I’d really like is another full-time job. I actually like working and I LOVE marketing, event planning and graphic design. Feel free to check out my LinkedIn to see my full background.
Here is where the audience participation part kicks in: Is there a better way?
Am I doing something wrong, or do I just need to be patient and resign myself to living on unemployment while I continue to look for a position?
Any suggestions are appreciated! Feel free to leave me a comment on my blog or Facebook page.
As always, if you hear of a position in Columbia/Baltimore/Annapolis area for someone with 10+ years of marketing experience let me know!