Isn’t it wonderful how many things there are to celebrate in life? Between Spencer and my 10-year dating anniversary (!), my first work anniversary, and Labor Day weekend, I feel like last week was filled with cupcakes, trifle, and cake pops! (Probably because I ate all of those things in excess…)
By the time you read this post, I’ll be on a plane for Boston. With my new, communications-oriented position, my company felt it was important that I get a little more experience, and what better way than through a week-long conference! You should be sure to keep an eye on my Instagram account because there’s about a 112% chance that I’ll be posting every picture that I take from Inbound, the marketing conference that HubSpot puts on every year. My goals for this week include learning tons about social media and content creation, meeting other YPs in this field, and taking a selfie with Aziz Ansari, perhaps not in that order.
This conference opportunity plus the fact that my boss bought surprise cupcakes for my workiversary (which is totally a word, btdubs) made me realize for the millionth time since taking the job: I am so blessed. When I consider how frustrated and hopeless I felt this time last year, it seems like an absolute miracle that I stumbled across the job that I have today. Getting back in that mindset makes me remember all over again how terrible the whole situation was, so I’ve written a little note to my unemployed self that I probably would have cheered me up significantly.
Fall is just around the corner, and although you secretly loved your summer of unemployment a few weeks ago, I know this whole “looking for a job” thing is starting to cause some major anxiety. Why do you continue to go through all the trouble of writing cover letters, formatting your resume, and answering asinine questionnaires when no one bothers to respond with a simple email? I’ll tell you why; because soon, someone will call you back, and you’ll have three great interviews and finally a job offer.
Until then, I hope you’ll take my word for it. I know you aren’t sure what you’re looking for in a job, but here are a few pieces of advice to try to steer you in the right direction:
Look for a mission-focused organization that you can fully get behind because you know you won’t be content unless you feel like you’re making a difference.
Look for a company that looks out for its employees, cares for its community, and strives to innovate its industry.
Look for a job that works on a cycle. You’ll never get bored, and there will always be new things to tackle.
Look for a boss who sees you as an employee and a person, and who selects opportunities for you to grow as both.
Look for a position that lets you travel every now and then because we both know life is meaningless without getting to see it from many different perspectives.
Look for coworkers who you respect, who you can learn from, and who you can laugh with. Being able to laugh until you cry on a daily basis is a blessing.
More than anything, look for something that pushes you outside of your comfort zone, gives you the ability to prove your worth, and rewards you for the time, effort, and passion that you put into it.
Don’t get too discouraged. The right job is out there for you, so go make us proud!
P.S. Are you looking for a dream job of your own? I know a little website that might help you find it!