Finally Back! Some Job Search Advice and a Look Ahead

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Hey, I’m back!  I know I fell off for awhile there but it was a necessary break to get my life back on track.  I actually wrote a post between now and the last time I’ve put up any new content but haven’t published it yet.  All I have left to do is put the finishing touches on it and it will be released shortly.  That particular article is on the topic of fear, how it’s irrational and prevents us from going after what we truly want in life.  It’s a good write up, you’ll have to check it out in the near future.

Anyways, allow me to explain my absence over the past few months.  As I’ve mentioned before my current job hasn’t exactly been the most positive experience.  I did get to travel and do some cool things in this position, but overall that didn’t balance out the negatives.  To sum it up without going into too much depth, I was working for a global bank in operations (the last place you want to be).  Operations does not produce much revenue for the bank but it is necessary for the front office to function.  Because what we do is all about efficiency and minimizing cost, there really isn’t much money set aside for department budgets and consequently, there isn’t much room to advance.

That being said I took on responsibilities much greater than anything else happening in my department from someone who was likely being paid almost double to do the same job before.  The work was tedious.  I’m always up for challenging work that will help me grow but this was just tedious account reconciliation, producing a triple balance as the end result.  Throw in some poor management, being overworked and underpaid, and you’ve got just the right mix to drive me out of that position.

Unfortunately for me, the job market in general is pretty terrible these days, and even more so where I live.  So my job search began towards the end of January.  I’ve mentioned my dissatisfaction at my current position and the start of my job search in past articles, but it was getting to the point where I couldn’t take much more.  I was overwhelmed and after a handful of interviews that resulted in low offers or rejection, things were starting to wear on me.

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I was forced to make some sacrifices in order to stay on top of a demanding work schedule and keeping the job search going strong.  It was definitely a challenge for me to remain positive throughout this time.  There were moments where I’d hit lows and it would take everything I had to keep moving forward, and continue to believe that something better was just a few more applications away.  Sure enough, just when I felt like I was at my breaking point I got the call that lead to an interview and an excellent offer just in time for me to give my notice and move on before having to work the 4th of July.  I’ve worked most US holidays this year because I was supporting Canada and a lot of our holidays aren’t Canadian holidays.  The offer comes with a significant pay increase, plus bonus, plus more vacation, another increase in December, and room to advance.  I couldn’t be happier about it.

I have a ton of empathy for anyone facing today’s job market, especially younger kid’s fresh out of school.  My advice would be to keep having faith that eventually something is going to come your way and you’ll catch a break.  Until then stay persistent, constantly improve your resume, cover letters, references, find ways to market yourself, and continue gaining certifications, professional credential (CFA, CPA).  Work on your interviewing skills and your ability to associate your experience directly to the positions you’re applying for.  Most importantly, NETWORK.  Talk to EVERYONE you know about where they work, what they do, what opportunities they’re aware of, who they can refer you too, etc, etc.  If you do these things, in time you will find what you’re looking for.

And once you land a decent gig you won’t have to worry about any of this for quite some time, hopefully.  Also, be sure to find a place with a positive company culture and room for advancement.  These things are invaluable.  A final word on the job search.  Sometimes you have to start out lower than where you’d like to be, get some experience and then use that as a stepping stone.  This is for you to figure out with your best judgment but it’s definitely something to keep in mind.  Make sure the experience is related to where you want to be, or within the company you want to work for.  All experience is good experience.  The skills you acquire and the people you meet along the way may prove to help you advance even further in the long run.

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This post doesn’t have a particular subject.  From the looks of it, you can say job search and professional advancement would be a good title.  But I wanted to firstly, explain where I’ve been and why I’ve disappeared for so long.  Secondly, I want to get into where I envision this blog going in the near future.  When I started out, I figured I would have an endless amount of content.  There was just so much to say and so much to talk about.  I’m beginning to feel like I’ve covered a lot of the core principles I was originally concerned with.  I still have a lot more to say, but I would like to take things to the next level and go deeper.  My intentions are to dive into some more advanced concepts, more thought provoking subjects, maybe even some esoteric discussions taking on bigger issues.

Throughout my time away from writing, I had these moments where my mind was just flooded with ideas that I really wanted to get down on paper but I just didn’t have the time or energy with all the other demands I was facing.  Now that the job search is over and my stress levels should hopefully be much lower, I’d like to get back into writing and sorting out these different ideas to share with you all.  I have to be in a certain mood when it comes to writing.  When I’m in that mood ideas just flood my mind and I start making all sorts of connections at a rapid speed.  This is when my best content comes together and I’m able to really put something out that I feel is my best.

I think I’m going to wrap this up since it was meant to be a brief update.  I’m glad to see that my blog is still generating regular traffic in spite of my absence.  Thanks to those who have continued to visit.

Expect more content soon and be ready for some though provoking concepts.

As always, thanks for reading.

Note: For more my more recent come back check out SoLongMediocrity.   If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read here please connect with me on both facebook, and twitter if you haven’t already.

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Andy RandonFinally Back! Some Job Search Advice and a Look Ahead

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