So, this time I’m writing to you about my first job and how I got it.
Anyway, like most college graduates, there comes a time when you just have to push yourself to go out of your comfort zone and swim into the crazy world of business. Unfortunately, not many colleges prepare us for that step in our lives. Mine included. So you’re left with dozens of books and no experience to back that knowledge up. Oh the agony!
Most of my pears seemed to get their jobs easily, and I just didn’t get how. So I asked them. Do you know what they told me? They said, get an internship. And did you know what I found out on those internship ads? Believe it or not, on them, there was a well known sentece:
Previous experience of minimum one year, required.
For a freaking….internship…???
And no, I did not get any of the internships I signed up for…Four months past by, and I was sick of it. I didn’t ask any of my friends for any advice, and for once I decided to take myself out for a drink, in a beautiful restaurant by the river, and I started asking many questions. Like:
What is a job?
‘A job is something that requires a certain set of skills.’
Bare with me…I was young and naive, and this is what my answer looked like…BUT, look here…That answer, no matter how silly it sounds led me to take action in researching on the internet all the definitions of the word Job. If I wanted to get it – I needed to understand it – that was my way of thinking. And that internet research led me to the free ‘Business skills’ program that our Ministry of youth was organizing.
For a month I spend with 20 people (students and unemployed people over 30 years old) learning, doing case studies etc. Until I got to the end of the program where we all had a one on one simulation interview with an HR expert. I sucked at that interview, just so you know. I did so bad…that I was embarrassed with my inability to sell myself…
BUT, it led me to my other action plan and question:
Who is standing between me and my future Job?
Well, I’m glad you asked. An HR expert. And what do I need to do? Yeah, you guessed it – I needed to understand them.
So, I spend the next week searching private HR agencies and sending them my CV and motivational letter that I wish to volunteer for their organization etc. I think I send my first 5 e-mails when I got a reply from one of them, saying that she has an agency, but is not looking for anyone to hire at the moment…BUT, that I can assist her for the next week just so I can get a grasp of how an HR recruiter operates.
I cannot express my gratitude towards that woman enough! I thank her even today, because while I was ‘volunteering’ for her, I dared to send an e-mail to one company about a job offer.
And, a month latter – ladies and gentlemen – yeah….this chick got a job! 😀
One of the most interesting things that I remember from that time (and that was two years ago) is that people didn’t want to call me for an interview for an internship (NOT to pay me), but I applied for one job…and I got it…
The next thing I want to tell you is this :
Listen to your inner thoughts…Ask yourself questions…What do you need? What do you lack? What do you need to do to gain that?
Don’t let other people influence on what you should and should not be doing with YOUR life. 🙂
And, the reason I write to you about this is…Well, I hope that it inspires you a little bit to take action for yourself…No one will do it for you. 🙂
For me, that was two years ago, and now, when the State of emergency is abolished I plan to quit my job and take on a new adventure. Something that I’m, and I won’t lie, scared of. There are a lot of things that I don’t know yet – but I’m determined to learn them taking one step at the time. The path that I’m about to take requires a lot of courage, patience and investment…
And I’m looking forward to a day when I’ll be able to tell you all about it. With my mistakes and victories – ups and downs…. 🙂
How did my post made you feel? Did it provoke any questions? I would really like to hear all that you wish to share with me. 🙂
So, please, don’t be shy in letting your thoughts out. You can comment in the comment section below, or you can message me privately via firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m looking forward to hearing from you. 🙂
PS. Out of 20 people that were in that program I was the first that got a job and I’m still the one who is employed in the same company. Made it from an assistant to a Manager of the Belgrade office (Got the manager position 9 months after my first day). Do the work!
Others either are still unemployed or have changed many jobs through these years…
So, take action guys. Don’t get a job just because you want one – think about what you want to do. And most importantly : How can it serve you and your growth path? And How can you serve your company? 🙂
PPS. The featured image is a New Years Dinner with the Managers and their husbands/wives. They are very dear to me…Thought me many, many great things about business and life.
THANK YOU 🙂