Saturday, 24 July 2010

On the hunt

Turns out it was a good thing that I didn't do any work the other day - I didn't get paid for it. Well, in the end, I did, but about a week late. Someday, I will share the WTFery that is my place of employment. For now, suffice it to say that I have no guarantee of being paid in a timely manner, nor that the bank won't show up in the midst of a tour to close us down and seize the building.

In the meantime, the job hunt is not going well. I've submitted applications to a number of places, for a variety of positions - library researcher, gallery director, assistant curator of things medieval at major NYC museum, curator of contemporary art, administrative coordinator at a museum school.... So far only one rejection, which I suppose is all I can hope for at the moment (unfortunately, it was the library researcher position, which would have been an absolute blast). I'm expecting the rejection from major NYC museum soon, as they just pulled the job listing.

I'm preaching to the choir here, but job searches are demoralizing. It seems like they shouldn't be - my résumé is much more impressive than it was last time I did this - but in the end, all you end up with is the fact that no one thinks you're qualified enough to do the only things you're qualified to do.

I'm trying to take things in stride. I'm not sure what my worst case strategy is yet. Most people say "well, I can always wait tables until I get something better," but I've actually applied for a lot of waitress positions, and was turned down for all of them. Where do you go when restaurants won't even hire you? Temp agency, I expect. Which, you know, there are worse things. I have experience bookkeeping, and a lot of experience in data entry. My out-of-practice typing is around 95 words/minute. I have experience with customer service, and in academia (obviously). Someone should want to hire me, right?

Feel free to share tales of successful or unsuccessful job hunting.

(amusing aside: when I went to paste the link to the previous entry above, I accidentally pasted this link instead. Worth sharing, but not quite what I was going for.)


1 comment:

Jeff said...

I once landed a great job seven months after sending the organization my resume. By the time they called, I'd completely forgotten about them--but I was relieved, because I'd been rejected from a long string of other jobs.

Now that I sometimes help with hiring at small business, all I can say is, don't despair if a job seems like a perfect fit but you don't hear from them right away. It may just mean that the office is moving or reorganizing, the person screening applications is swamped, or conflicting summer vacation schedules prevent decision-makers from having the five-minute meeting that leads to the Great Lurch Forward. Waiting to get that call will, I know, drive you crazy, but don't go crazier than you need to; the reasons for delays are often pretty mundane.