“Life is not a sprint; it’s a marathon.“
Last Monday, I wrote what should be the final exam of my undergrad career. It’s a great feeling to be finally done! My university journey has been a roller coaster ride, and it’s great to see my sacrifices pay off.
When I came back to school two years ago, it was partly motivated by the potential to earn more after earning my degree. I also wanted to go back to school to find myself. (Getting laid off for the first time was a confusing time.) Mostly though, I wanted to finish my BBA because I wanted options. A Business degree is still valuable, I think, and I knew that it should help me do the things that I enjoy.
Needless to say, I’m ecstatic to re-enter the workforce. A few weeks ago, I blogged about my job search, but more recently I’ve realized that I’ve been approaching the process the wrong way. To quote Arik C. Hanson, I was looking for a job, not for the job. There’s a difference between the two, you see. One implies that I’d settle for any job, while the other suggests that I’ll only go for roles that matter to me. I didn’t get my BBA to just settle!
So, I re-evaluated my strategy and decided to take some extra time to find the right position. I’m not talking years, maybe just an extra month or two, or maybe even less than that. I am determined to find the perfect organization to work for.
I’ve set up some informational interviews in the past few weeks, and I’m meeting more people in the next few weeks. Partly this is also because I’m interested in meeting my tweeps in real life, something I haven’t been very good at before because of my busy schedule. But mostly I just want to learn more. Information is power, and I think that the chances of me getting the perfect job increases if I have more information.
So what am I looking for? Right now, I think it’s a combination of the following:
- A position where I can use and expand on my experience in marketing, communications, graphic design, email marketing, and social media.
- A corporate culture that is both dynamic and very entrepreneurial.
- An organization that offers the potential to grow and learn more in the marketing communications field.
- A part-time, full-time, contract, freelance, etc. opportunity (This is quite low on my priority list.)
Let’s connect in person?
The one benefit of approaching my job search this way is that it takes some pressure off of me to apply for every single thing. It also gives me some free time in the next few weeks, so I’ll try to meet as many people as possible.
If you’re from Vancouver, I want to meet you! Shoot me an email if you’re interested in meeting up or just chatting.
I would also appreciate some other job leads. I know first-hand that not all openings are advertised. (I know this because neither of my part-time gigs with SFU Volunteer Services and Dunn PR were posted anywhere.) If you’re wondering if I might be a good fit, please view my portfolio below or check out my complete portfolio here.
Some resources for my fellow job seekers
Finally, I know a number of people seeking jobs at this time as well. The stock markets might be headed south these days, but as far as I can see, there are opportunities out there!
If you’re looking for more traditional ways of finding openings, here are some websites I would recommend:
- Job Sprout — a new Vancouver-based job board with a sleek design and minimalist user interface.
- Fresh Gigs — mostly Marketing jobs
- Talent Egg — featuring mostly Toronto jobs, but their Incubator is a great resource.
- @BestJobsInVan — Tweeting about Marketing & Communication jobs in Vancouver
- Dame Wallis — A great advertising/marketing blog, but check out her “Get to work!” series for great job leads
- SFU Business CMC — If you’re a Business student from SFU, you need to visit this website! Check out the documents, specifically the Book of Lists. I guarantee that it will blow your mind!
There’s also the more traditional websites like Craigslist, Workopolis, etc.
Photo: Nordea Riga Marathon | Flickr