How to get a job (In Chicago)
July 1, 2014 Leave a comment
I got a job!!!! WOooot!!
Actually I got a job like a month ago (ha! One day before my arbitrary and unrealistic -May 30-deadline that I gave myself to feel some sort of self worth that obviously backfired because it resulted in 2 months of self-loathing before I got the offer).
But that’s in the past now! And through this sorted process of job finding I learned a few things about how you get jobs.
You see, for the past 9 years I have been in the stressful, but protective bubble of school. Scholarships, work study, student loans, practica, etc all protected me from the real world. I had jobs, bartending, serving, tutoring, I was Sauerkraut Girl for one glorious winter break. But I never felt bad about these temporary and low paying jobs because I convinced myself, well, deluded myself into thinking that I would be better on the other side. I would be big fancy doctor pants and it would all be worth it. Not getting a serving job that I didn’t care about didn’t matter because there were 100 bars all over the place that always needed someone.
Enter impending graduation and forced entry into the real world.
It turns out when you work really hard on something, a degree, you want really hard to prove that you deserve it and that you’re good at it. The first step to that is finding a job that utilizes said degree. Every single time you get rejected it provides a little proof that you do not deserve that degree. No matter how hard you worked, you still suck. Every single time a cohort member gets a job, you hate them and yourself more.
You polish and polish and polish your resume. You realize you are polishing a turd. You cry. You eat feelings. This goes on for months.
But Bowie explained all of that.
Anyway, I actually got two fellowship offers. And you know what I realized through these offers? There are only two ways to get a job in Chicago. Nepotism or amazingly cute shoes.
I know right? I mean, nepotism doesn’t surprise anyone. This is Chicago. We can quit pretending like this surprises us. My first job offer came from a friend of a friend. Friend passed CV to her friend, kablam! Offer. Legit, like no interview until after offer was made.
Shoes? I wish I was making that up. I wear different shoes all the time. I love shoes. But I have one pair of shoes that I have worn to pretty much every successful interview, save my current placement. They are old and they are cute as hell. I bought them for grad school interviews and those bitches have kept me solid ever since. And this is not even belief in luck. I always have someone comment on the shoes at the school or agency. I wore them to interview at a site way beyond my reach, and those fuckers hired me! Only, of course, after commenting on my shoes. Now, these shoes are not comfortable in any way. Or even fancy; I bought them at Target in 2008. But they are my “Hey, I’m a 6 ft tall badass therapist” shoes, apparently. They’re old and worn out. But I’m afraid if I get rid of them I will be forever unemployed.
Anyway, that is the story of how I got a job and value as a human being.