Job seeking has some bleak moments.
When I started blogging in early September I wasn’t so much worried about the content I’d produce for you as someone seeking a job, but what I would call myself after I got a job right out of school and what I’d blog about then.
Yet nothing really goes the way you expect, or want.
The job opportunity I thought was locked up at the turn of the year turned out to be anything but. Another opportunity came and ended with a kick in the teeth (with a positive spin!).
Yet you persevere. There is more than one way to skin a cat.
I think I’ve posted this before in a comment to another post, but I’m sharing it again here.
Earlier this year Robert Krulwich, who is a science correspondent for National Public Radio in the US, gave the commencement speeches of commencement speeches. It’s one every single wannabe hack should hear.
The gist is:
Don’t wait for the job that gets you in the war zone, the press box at Wembley, the Guardian newsroom or the New York Times.
Sometimes you need a Trojan horse to break into journalism. We have to find our own way some times.
You can pour coffee, be orthodox and wait for job offers. Or you can blaze your own trail, and do what you love to do on your own terms.
By yourself. With your friends.
Starting right now.
Here’s my favorite quote from the commencement address.
- “I want you to think about not waiting your turn. Instead think about getting together with friends you admire, people you envy. Think about entrepreneuring. Think about not waiting for a company to call you up. Think about not giving your heart to a bunch of adults you don’t know. Think about horizontal loyalty. Think about turning to people you already know who are your friends, or friends of their friends and think about making something that makes sense to you together that is as beautiful and true as you can make it.”
All of the new hacks had a discussion yesterday on Skype and talked about how we could better improve content.
Our honeymoon period is long-over and now that we’re firmly grounded and have a bit of a routine hammered out, we are hoping to up the ante a bit.
We have some exciting things planned and we’re excited to share them with you, but for now we all have to work on the day-to-day blogging and the content we’ve offered up.
So this is me personally asking you, whoever you are, to help me figure out what you’d most like to see from me, the Jobseeker.
This is an entirely new role that Hacks has introduced this time around and I want to make the most of it. It is an extremely tough market out there regardless of how much experience you have, where you got your MA and how many stories you’ve published.
I’m going through it now, and some of you will too soon enough.
The rejection and misfortune of the past month were the worst, then best things that could have happened. The vast possibility of whatever comes next is both terrifying and exciting.
When I set out doing this at the start of September I was torn on how I’d approach this topic. I could whine and rage about not finding jobs – but that’s no real fun and no one likes a narcissist.
So what would you like to hear about?
This topic is mine to undertake and I’m excited to keep doing it for presumably another 10 months or so – but I want to know what people want to read about the job seeking process. I’ll be extremely corny and sappy here, but I feel like we all have to learn from each other at this stage – whether we’re still in school or recently graduated. We’re the next generation of journalists and the future is ours to do whatever we please with.
So please, tell me what you’d like to see more of. I’ve got a lot of time, trust me.
There’s another line of that Robert Krulwich speech that I like.
- “This is the era of Friends in Low Places. The ones you meet now, who will notice you, challenge you, work with you, and watch your back. Maybe they will be your strength.”
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After finishing my stint in student media, I couldn’t help but look