Friday, June 16, 2006

Candidate #0000 - The END

Wow, I can't believe this will be my last entry in this blog. I feel like I have to say something really smart...monumental...one of those amazing "final thoughts" that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Ummmmm....


Yeah, that's just not gonna happen.

So let me just say this:
I really enjoyed writing this blog. It helped being able to reflect on what was going on in my life...putting my thoughts out there...sharing the highs and the lows...and just putting into words what was going on in my head and my heart. I'm honestly going to miss this blog. :(

I'm not going to miss the job search though. Let me tell you, it's definitely been an emotional rollercoaster and I'm glad it's over!!!

Job searching...

...is one of those "once-in-a-lifetime" experiences (just that you know you'll have to go through it again some day...but hopefully it won't be as bad because you'll have more experience and usually won't be as pressured to find a job)

...means that your self-confidence will take a beating. There's just no way around it. Keep your head up and remember: there's a light at the end of the tunnel (as cheesy as that sounds, but seriously, you'll make it through). And remember, you only need one offer - the right offer.

...is not a competition, even though some people will try to make it one. Don't let them drag you into this comparing who has more interviews at conference, who had more on-campus interviews, etc. Job searching is one third luck, one third experience and qualifications and one third coincidence. Some people will find a job early; others won't. It doesn't mean that one of them is more qualified. It also doesn't mean that one of them will get the better job. It just means that one of them was in the right place at the right time.

...is about finding A job, not necessarily the perfect job. Don't get stuck on what you think your dream job, dream location, dream institution is...this will be your first job. You'll have many more chances to get to that "ideal position and institution." Keep re-evaluating your priorities...and maybe you'll end up somewhere totally different and be much happier about it.


Last but not least, THANK YOU to everyone who has been reading this blog. Thank you for all the supportive comments. It has meant a lot more to me than you'll ever know. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Good luck to all of those out there, who are still going through the job search. You can do it! Believe in yourself!


Okay, this is really it...
THE END

Candidate #0000 signing off. ;)

2 Comments:

Anonymous JobSearchNinja said...

In order to win the best jobs and ultimately your dream job in today's world, you have to work like a ninja. Your job search must be different than everyone else's. You have to search where others don't search. You must have a strategic plan of attack.

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you..you make me feel a lot better than yesterday

8:20 PM  

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