I spoke at our recent session about the stress I have been feeling about finding gainful employment post-graduation. I was feeling very frustrated at putting in applications and going to interviews and not getting called or getting rejections.
During this time it’s been valuable to know that a lot of excellent Skokie employees I look up to dealt with a large amount of rejection before ending up here. My father, who is a several times published author, used to keep a wall of his office covered in rejection letters. It’s been helpful to think of all of the people I respect who have not gotten to where they are without facing consistent rejection as well as success.
As much as the career day highlighted my lack of control over the job market, it did give me a lot of tools to work with. I have already had a mentor at Evanston give me feedback about my resume and will now have the opportunity to have others from Skokie look at it as well.
In the past few days I’ve gotten a lot of good feedback on the job front, however. One library, at which I had applied and interviewed for a summer position, called and told me my interview was excellent and instead asked me to apply for a permanent position they are posting. I received an incredibly complimentary rejection email from a full time position for which I had interviewed but which was highly competitive. Yesterday I interviewed for a promotion at one of my current libraries. And today I received a call to schedule an interview at another library.
As stressful as the last several months have been with finishing up school, working at two other libraries, working my internship, and applying and interviewing for jobs I know that if I just keep a positive attitude and keep working hard I will find a great job. My experience here in the internship program has made it much easier for me to confront my concerns about my job search head on.
As a side note: we all know I loved seeing the results of my strengthsfinder test. In general I don’t tend to buy into personality tests unless I’ve done some research on them and deemed them worthwhile. I heard Gretchen Rubin on a marathon running podcast I enjoy and was really intrigued with her book The Four Tendencies. I was able to get it from the library and took the test to find that I am a Questioner. This was not at all surprising to me, but it gives me even more insight into how I can motivate myself. Questioners are internally motivated and not externally motivated. This can become tricky when I need to complete tasks in which I see no value. Knowing this about myself can help me develop techniques to reframe external requests in a way that makes sense to me internally.