Will work for food
It seems like one of the most popular questions I’ve received thus far from friends, family and faithful followers is: “How’s the job hunt coming along?”
I don’t want to say it has been back-burnered — working is far too important to me and will be a major topic on this blog — however, as of late, it has not been on the front burner.
Currently I am still fully employed and writing remotely for Starwood, just as I did in Orlando from the corporate office, and I’ll continue in this capacity for a couple more weeks. Knowing this, I made a loose mental agreement with myself that after we returned from our weekend trip to Florida, and once we unpacked our boxes and felt settled, I would jump in full force to find a great job. The time is nearing …
During the past few weeks, I’ve taken a look each day at the communication opportunities in San Francisco that are posted for all to see online. I was told that Craigslist is a hot spot for job postings in the Bay Area, and there are quite a few decent roles available there. However, as a savvy marketing and writing professional, I am well aware that your next great gig comes from a connection, and the most coveted jobs are not always publicly available. That is probably why I’ve delayed the active hunt, because I don’t have any connections yet and am hoping to make some.
I know I’m a good writer. I know I’m great with clients. I know I enjoy learning the ins and outs of brands and becoming a brand ambassador. And, I know have some pretty excellent presentation skills that can keep the attention of the conference room. However, I also know that there are tons of other Bay Area professionals who think the same things about themselves. So, if I find a job opportunity that I really want, how can I differentiate myself?
Perhaps I should pull a move from the arsenal of one of my husband’s previous coworkers and send a delivery of warm pizza along with my resume to the hiring manager. Perhaps I should visit the office and hand-deliver my portfolio of work on a DVD along with some Peet’s coffee and warm pumpkin bread.
Or, instead of planning my show-stopping application, perhaps I should step back for a minute to try to appreciate the free time I will have during my job hunt. This is free time that I have never had before as a busy working professional. It is time I need to get our home life in order, during which I can continue to write each day, continue to explore the city on foot, teach my group fitness classes (which have not started yet) and pray that a fabulous opportunity will jump right out and present itself to me when I least expect it.
Stranger things have happened.
Beware, if it doesn’t go my way, this little blog might soon ask for small donations to keep the lights on.
Definitely enjoy your time! I wish I had taken more advantage:)