The Job Search, Again

About a month ago, I was laid off (or fired, depending on who I speak with). It’s not the first time this has happened, but I’m seriously hoping this will be the last.

I was a recruiter, recruiting sales professionals for growing startups and I thought this was the “be all end all” in terms of occupations. The company had it all- a relaxed environment, free snacks, fun group of people, I didn’t have to work on a PC, office was downtown, etc.

Here’s the problem though: it was essentially the same job I had twice before, just in a different environment. I didn’t realize that until it was too late and I was walking back to my car on a Thursday in mid-October, dejected, even though I had a vacation coming two days later.

This time, I thought, I have to make it right. I have to get out of agency recruiting, and chart a new course for myself. Knowing I probably couldn’t sell coffee to an Eskimo, I charted a new course, which is where I am now. Rather than interview for straight sales positions, I broadened my horizons. Translating my “providing excellent candidate and client experiences”, I went for a Customer Success Manager role, and an Account Manager role with a smaller company. Taking people’s advice that I might be a halfway ok writer, I met with a CEO of a sports company and tried to parlay a passion for niche sports (it’s true, I do like off-the-beaten path sports) into a full-time job. Going even further off the beaten path, I set up an interview with some restaurant companies, working in catering, and even serving. Some may think “oh man, I’ve gone off the deep end now” but the truth is, you’ve gotta explore all options.

It’s a frustrating search, no doubt. Hiring managers see your resume and think “oh, this kid can’t hold it down for very long” or “he just has a bunch of buzzwords in his resume”. In Austin, the market’s even tougher, so I’ve even taken to looking outside the city.

I guess this is just a rant. While I’m three weeks in to a search that will hopefully land me something different, I know there’s an end in site. For all of you reading this who are on a job search, know that as well. Try something different. Jump outside your comfort zone.

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