Job Hunting: The Life of a Twenty Something

Hello friends!

It’s been a long time, we know, and don’t worry we missed you too! Life has been a little weird and very distracting for the both of us recently, and this post isn’t about travel but stay with me.

Warning: NSFW language, bad grammar, and lots of feels ahead.

“Sometimes the career you choose doesn’t choose you.”

It almost sounds inspirational, right? Or maybe it’s saying that piece of paper you spent $50,000 on doesn’t mean shit? Or is it saying the 4 internships and countless amount of hours spent to get good grades, were wasted? Maybe, maybe not. I don’t pretend to have answers, because I most certainly do not. With that being said I’d love to tell you about the things I’ve learned in the past two-ish months attempting to search for a job:

  1. Entry level does not mean what you think it does.
    • Maybe I’m just stuck on stupid but when someone says “entry-level” I think little to no experience. Right? Wrong. Dead wrong. Apparently in the job world entry-level means 3-5 years of experience. Right now I bet you’re thinking, “well Meghan, you can still apply for those jobs and see what happens!” and you’re totally right. Only problem is they send you an automated email back saying “Thank you for applying, but you don’t have enough experience”. My favorite is when people say, “it’s SO EASY to get an entry-level job”. My reaction to that person:
  2. Get some patience and get it quick.
    • It’s safe to say I am not a patient person by any stretch of the imagination. It’s a virtue I have yet to acquire. Working for Disney with children all day I thought I had gained some patience….I thought wrong. Everything takes (what seems like) forever. It’s kind of hilarious to me because you’ll apply for a job and get an initial bounce back email, and think “cool they got it”. Then in a day or two they might send you something for extra paperwork, references, whatever have you. Then you might not hear from them for 2 weeks. By that time you’re just obsessing over your email thinking, “did the recruiter die”, “is the job closed”, “am I the worst candidate”, “did I forget to submit something”. It’s never ending.
  3. It was easier for me to apply for government/civilian jobs, than some local businesses.
    • I kid you not when I say that I have taken more personality tests in the past 2 months, than I have in my entire existence. I get it. I’m a communications major, I understand wanting to know about a person and how they’ll mesh within an organization but W O W. On two separate occasions I’ve had to take tests that lasted 90-120 minutes. That’s right 90-120 minutes. One of which even included a logic exam. ALL TO APPLY FOR AN ENTRY LEVEL JOB. It’s mind blowing to me, but unfortunately it’s a sign of the times. Me when I read that test would take me 90-120 minutes:
  4. If you want to apply for a job in another state, you have to be in that state.
    • This is something that really really bums me out. To an extent I understand, and on the other hand I truly don’t. I applied for a job a while back and they said “you’re a great candidate but we’re not looking to relocate anyone”. I didn’t ask you to?? I’m under no illusions that when I apply for a job in another state that I will be the one paying to move. I’ve found some amazing jobs with even more amazing companies in cities I don’t live in, and because I don’t live there my resume gets tossed. In some ways it’s disheartening, and in others I just find it straight up dumb. It’s jumping to conclusions of what I’m expecting without actually asking what I expect.
  5. Great companies are out there, they’re just very hard to find.
    • I am on so many job related sites and apps it’s ridiculous. My mom is always asking me “what are you always looking at on that phone?” I’M LOOKING FOR JOBS CONNIE. Between Glassdoor, LinkedIn, Monster, Indeed, and ZipRecruiter it’s very easy to get overwhelmed by all the companies and job opportunities. Personally, I have a list of things that are important to me when I’m looking at a company. For example my top 3 things are: corporate culture, social responsibility, and good benefits. I know it sounds very “millennial” but I’m more willing to work for a company that aligns with my personal values, than a company that pays more. That’s one of the reasons I am constantly on Glassdoor. I am always reading reviews, and seeing what people have to say. I always take those reviews with a grain of salt, but they still hold value to me. I’ve found jobs that I thought were amazing be ruined by reviews of a company. Why? Because what the job ad said and what the employee review said were two very different things.
  6. Rejection sucks, but you’ll get over it (eventually).
    • I’m not going to lie, I’m a very lucky person. I’ve had a lot of things really work out for me in the past 5 years. In the past month and a half I’ve applied for around 50 jobs and I’ve only been offered one. I wish I could say that it doesn’t affect me but I’d be lying. It has truly taken a toll on my mental state, and on my confidence. The only thing I can say is that it gets easier over time, and it’s completely okay to be upset about it. Just don’t dwell on it because then you’ll get stuck in this weird bitter mood that doesn’t come across well…or so I hear…
  7. You have to do what’s best for you. Even if that means turning down a job. 
    • Seems kind of ass backwards doesn’t it? I just told you I was job searching so why would I be turning down jobs? Great question! You see I’m a very fortunate person and my parents are letting me stay with them while I job search. I have (read: had) some money saved up, but really  they are supporting me during this time. I understand that not everyone can have this situation or the luxury to turn down a job. My mom was a career woman who worked for the post office for almost 40 years, and she is constantly telling me not to apply for jobs where I know I’ll be miserable. The reason I turned down that job is because at the end of the day I knew I was not a good fit, and would not perform well in that environment. It’s really that simple. I went through 4 rounds of interviews/assessments and made the decision that it wasn’t for me. 
  8.  Lastly, be kind to those who help and support you.
    • This kind of seems like a given but sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the day to day, or the disappointment, and forget to thank the people helping. Connie is my number 1 supporter. She looks over my resume (even though neither of us can spell worth a damn), she helps me find interview clothes, she gives me advice, and most importantly she’s just there when I need to vent. This goes for Morgan too. She is constantly listening to me freak out about finding a job and finding my way in life. Plus I’m able to go to people in my family and talk through situations with them. My uncle and brother are especially good at asking me tough questions, that sometimes I don’t want to answer. My support system is everything, and even though I may not have a job, I at least have all of them.

I know this was long, wordy, and ranting but I needed to get it out there. I’m still on the hunt for my starting place, but I refuse to give up, and I refuse to settle.

Also in case the company of my dreams ends up reading this please connect with me on LinkedIn.

Until next time friends, all my love.


2 thoughts on “Job Hunting: The Life of a Twenty Something

  1. Ruthelia Dreams says:

    I’m in the same boat as you, graduated in July and still haven’t found a career! I’ve luckily got myself a part time job as a sales assistant though, but finding a full time graduate career that will provide me with enough money to live off is so hard. Your post has reassured me that I’m not alone. These things take time and you absolutely need to make sure not to accept a job that isn’t right for you.

    • luggageandlemons says:

      You’re so not alone! But damn there are days where I feel like I’m the only person struggling. It’s all too easy for me to get caught up in social media and see everyone’s “perfect” life and think what the hell am I doing wrong?

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