The Job Search

Monday, June 18, 2012

I've reached the dreaded point in my year where I have to start getting serious about finding a job.  I've given myself until July 1st before I have to start applying, however I have a small problem in that I still don't know what it is I want to apply to.

Most people go into a Masters program to increase their skills in a specific area.  My program was basically the opposite.  I've gained a very broad knowledge of a lot of different skills, but I don't know if I could call myself a "master" of any of them.  I'm in a much better position than I was two years ago with my history degree but I again have made the mistake of not setting myself up for a specific job.

While my lack of direction is making this process very difficult, it also is helpful in that I can apply to a multitude of jobs.  There are, in fact, almost too many for me to sort through. I could start in so many different entry level positions, but I need to keep in mind that I'm not just looking for a job for the next year.   I may, dare I say it, be looking for a career. I really need to focus on narrowing down what I would like to do before I start applying to all these random postings.

I can handle writing, numbers, people, computers... I'm really pretty versatile.

There are also only a few requirements that I'm looking for in my future job:

  1. There is room for me to grow.  I want to have something to work towards.  At my previous job I was working as a paralegal.  Unless I intended on becoming a lawyer (which I didn't) there was no where else for me to go and, while that was ok for a year, I couldn't see myself lasting longer than that.
  2. There is a positive atmosphere in the office. I have worked in (unnamed) places in which every day walking into the office filled you with fear and dread.  I hope to work in an office where there are good relationships between employer and employees.  I could handle doing any type of work as long as I enjoy the company of those around me while I do it.  I don't think this is an outrageous request but I've found that it's surprisingly hard to find. 
See?  Look how easy that was.  I guess it's easier blogging about it than it is to actually do it though. 

 So... anyone want to employ me? Yes, I'm looking at you, too... people sneaking over here from facebook! 

Even the roads of Dublin are telling me to get my act together...


  1. Good luck in your job hunt! I feel like I'm in a similar spot as you. Jill of all trades, master of none. I keep hoping one day I'll find that job that really speaks to me.

    1. Thanks! I know it will happen at some point... I just wish it would happen sooner rather than later!