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Let’s get the bad news out of the way first.

I didn’t get the job in Charlotte that I so desperately wanted. I got the rejection email at the beginning of the week. It was a major blow to my confidence and self-esteem. I thought I nailed the initial interview and all but had my bags packed and a house picked out.

I’ve been trying to remain positive throughout the job-seeking process, but this really affected me in a big way. For the first time, I let the constant rejection of the past four months get the best of me and I started to get down on myself. I was starting to think negatively and took personally their decision to go with someone else.

Honestly, I don’t care who they decided to hire or how many years of experience the person who they chose has. They should’ve hired me because I would have been better. Their loss.

This past Wednesday, I took part in the Virginia Career Network’s (@VaCN) discussion on using social media to grow your professional network. I was a panel speaker, along with 3 others (@rickwhittington @MightyCasey @jasonlinas) who have much more experience in the professional networking field than I do, having only been unemployed for four months. However, I think it was great that we each had different viewpoints and could offer advice from the perspectives of those who are doing the hiring to those who are looking to be hired. All in all, I think the topics that we touched on – including how to engage potential employers and influential people online – will help the jobseekers as they dip their toes into the pool of social media for professional purposes.

I was a nervous wreck, not having done any public speaking since college. But I didn’t faint. So, you know,  there’s that.

Then came the big news.

My wife got a job! She is now a kindergarten teacher in Chesterfield County – at a great school out in Midlothian. After working so hard to get her teaching license for the past howevermany years, and then finally being eligible to become a teacher when the economy is sliding and the Virginia education budget is slashed to reduce the amount of teachers on the payroll, she just didn’t think it was going to happen anytime soon. Luckily for us, the one school that is actually adding classrooms hired her. I’m so proud of her. She goes in tomorrow to start decorating her classroom. She’s going to be a great kindergarten teacher – one that the kids will remember for the rest of their lives.

This put the Charlotte rejection into perspective for me. It some cosmic way, I didn’t get that job so we wouldn’t be in the predicament of figuring out where we were going to live. Now that I know that we’re staying in Richmond, I can focus finding work here. I can begin to make a name for myself (whether by freelancing or whatever) in this city. This is a great thing for us. I’m happy to stay in Richmond. I’m going to be king of this city. As soon as I get some more money coming in.

Speaking of money…

Screw this whole unemployment thing. I mean, yeah, I’ll continue to feverishly look for regular 9-5 work, but this freelance writing thing is amazingly fun and I’ve never been happier in the work I create. I’ve met tons of people and can be extremely productive before I finish my coffee. All I need is another 2 or 3 clients and I think I’ll be alright.

That panel I participated in on Wednesday? Because of that, I have a meeting with someone this coming week about some social marketing work I can do for them. So I’ll be alright. I’m making unemployment work for me by doing what I love to do and getting paid for it. I guess since it’s not the traditional type of job, I still think of myself as an unemployed dude. But that’s starting to change.

If I keep getting work, I may just become my own business. That’s the direction I’m heading. We’ll see what happens. Until then:

This is Day 130, folks. 130 days of not having a traditional job. But I’m making a little bit of money – legally. So proud of Wifey. The kids in her class will be lucky to have her. No one can teach a kid to make macaroni art like her.

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Unemployed, Day 63

I would totally move to Atlanta, just so you know. I mean, I know nothing about Atlanta. I don’t like the Falcons or the Braves. I’m really scared of anything more “southern” than Virginia. But I would still move there.

There are a lot of job opportunities in this sprawling urban mecca of business and media. I’m talkin’ real jobs that are modern and seem profitable. Social Media Coordinator? Duh. I could totally do that. What I’m doing right now? This blog? It’s called coordinating my social media-ness. Communications Journalist? Again – what do you think I do all day long? I communicate and I jounalisticate. Lead Online Marketing Manager? Puh-leeze. With. My. Eyes. Closed.

Digital Media Director? Web Content Editor? Viral Marketing Manager? Yes, yes and yes. All these and more, in the fine city of Atlanta.

So why aren’t these companies calling me back? Is there a certain keyword I’m missing on my résumé? Are they put off by the Virginia address? I guess I just don’t know what else I can do to make my résumé stand out, other than include a cover sheet of a shirtless Carrot Top lifting weights.

The main point I’m trying to make here is that I will move to Atlanta for the right job. I have no qualms about packing up my life and moving across the country. Not just Atlanta, either. I’m talking to you, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, New York, Tampa, Phoenix and Denver. I’m talking to all of you. Offer me a great job, and you’ll receive a great employee. My wife, on the other hand, may take some time to get used to the new surroundings. But she’ll be fine. Don’t worry about her.

In the meantime, I’m off to the mall job to sling cargo shorts and polos down the throat of well-to-do shoppers who have real jobs and can afford them. True story: the other day I had a male customer say to me, “Aren’t you a little old to be working here?” I replied by explaining to him how I need extra money and am doing whatever I can to get by until I find a job. Mid-sentence, he cuts me off and shoves a pair of chinos at my chest and says, “Whatever. I need to try these on.”

This is Day 63, folks. Also just updated my iPhone to 3.0. Should come in handy for the next few weeks before it gets disconnected because I can’t afford to pay the bill. Already digging the Voice Memos app – great for logging twitter ideas while driving. Copy and paste will be useful, too.

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