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.