Job hunting is just a pain.
If your over around the age of 15, you will have experienced the pain of trying to find the perfect job. Whether you are at school, uni or college and need a casual job to LIVE, while you eat mi goreng and survive on next to no sleep. (This is me.) Whether you’ve been previously injured in a job career and have to start all over again. Whether you previous job employers were shmucks and made you redundant. Whether you just want a job that you love and not have to endure.
The many rejections, the constant web and street searching, the weeks with no response, no matter how many jobs you may have applied for… job hunting is hard work.
On the odd occasion a job may come easy. This happened to me for my first ever job as a hairdressing apprenticeship. A recent new friend at uni, came across a job as soon as she finished school that gives her almost everything she needs.
SOMETIMES, job hunting is not difficult.
But I think the general consensus on job hunting is that it is painful, frustrating and can make you feel giving up on ever finding a job and just living on the doll for the rest of your life.
Melbourne, gave me a false expectation of job hunting. Before I arrived in Melbourne, I had already used popular web sites to pursue my dream casual job! (Steady, flexible hours, for a high rate… I’m dreaming right!) Anyway predominately, I was applying for hospitality jobs.
I had already received TWO call backs whilst in Perth for job interviews, both which were nice but turned down due to various reasons. So I arrived in Melbourne with a positive outlook, assuming that I would be making income fairly quickly.
Well played Melbourne.
The joke was on me. Days started going past with nothing but silence. Not even any courteous “We had many better applicants, so unfortunately you did not get short listed” emails were sent my way. (Which pretty much means, “We don’t know why you applied, stupid.”)
After two weeks of web searching, street walking, stress making, job hunting, I was out to breakfast with my dad and mum. My dad was shouting me (as remember, I am still jobless at this point) and he came back and said that apparently they said that a certain free advertising website was the way to go for applying for jobs. The male employee at the cafe said he had put his resume up on gumtree and got 3 calls back within the same day!
Great, I thought. I went home, jumped onto the popular website and uploaded my resume with the heading, “Your Next Best Employee.” (Not pretentious, just confident :P)
Now I did get many emails back. Unfortunately, even with the ending note on my advert of “PLEASE NOTE: Professional work only.” 98% of these emails I received from my advert, were seemingly professional, until it came right down to it and such words as “I pay very well for a companion” and “What do you look like?” came into play. YUCK.
The other 2% were from recruitment agencies, which are fine, but I really was wanting something more stable.
So I took down my advert, disappointed.
SIDE NOTE: I also realised that most hospitality places in Perth were made up of students (like me!) working casual, that would then move onto their careers in 3 or 4 years. In Melbourne, being a city that is very hospitality orientated, the people that work in hospitality, are working there because it IS their career!
Anyway, so all the sudden, all the rejection emails came in. Yay, for my self esteem! But I did get a call back from a hospitality agency that did big functions. I met with them and they wanted to take me on, but informed me that the RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) Certificate is different in every state. So my Perth RSA was not valid in VIC. (How ridiculous!) So I had to pay again to sit through a day course, (with all the same information) just to be able to work again.
I finished my course that day, and received a call from a restaurant ( that to be honest I couldn’t even remember applying for) asking me to come for a trial! I did the trial, with my success and in the space of 3 days (Day 1 being the call, Day 3 being the trial) I had received a job! Of course after that I received a few other job offers, isn’t that always the way!
So, to sum up my looking for work experience, I currently work in a restaurant, with an interview coming up for a hairstylist position (fingers crossed) and I’m finally working in Melbourne.
I came, I saw, I CONQUERED!
P.s. Sorry for the uber long post, I haven’t written in awhile, so I’m cramming it all in.