When one of my favorite yoga instructors at CorePower, Caroline, recited the quote, it struck a cord in my heart. At that moment of my life I had been laid-off for about a month. Being laid-off has been a very humbling experience. At first, I asked myself “how did I end up here with 2 masters, 6 years of work and 4 years of teaching experience?” But instead of pondering upon the question, I went on job search sites, such as LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Indeed and started looking for new roles right away, like most unemployed. In a month, I had applied to over 50 jobs by submitting the ‘submit’ button. And, it seemed like it all went to the “black hole,” so I thought I need to plan a different strategy if I want a chance to speak with the recruiters.
Right around that time, there was a USC alumni job fair. I have never been to a job fair before, so I was extremely on the fence. All sort of questions fluttered in my head as the day got closer. I wondered if it be worth my time, what the recruiters and I would talk about, how do I talk to them, would any leads come out from the job fair, etc. Well, one of the purposes of a job fair is to have an opportunity to meet the recruiters face-to-face and to learn more about the companies isn’t it? I thought to myself, if no leads come out the job fair, I can use it as an opportunity to “practice” sharing about my background and experience for that dream job I want in the future.
I did not get a job lead out of the job fair; however, I learned about a company called Purple Squirrel. Purple Squirrel is a company that enables job seekers to seek advice, network and connect with people that works insides their dream companies. I decided to try the service because 1) I wanted some internal insight into the company that I was interested in 2) I wanted to get additional feedback on my resume 3) I was looking for new ideas and strategies that I can try. So did I some internal insights – not really, did I get useful feedback on my job resume – some, did I get new ideas/strategies to try – YES!
The advisor suggested that I write to the recruiters(s) in charge of the job req, so I can learn more about the role and then share how my work experience would fit the role. But, here’s the challenge, how the heck am I supposed to know who the recruiters are for these open job reqs? The answer is, I’m not. Here was the strategy I developed, for every position I applied to online, I would cold email every single recruiters and employees with similar job roles at that company I applied for via LinkedIn. The strategy lead to opportunities to speak with the recruiters. Additionally, some of these conversation helped me realized I maybe applying for the wrong type of roles at that company I was interested in.
The job seeking journey has not been easy and has forced me to rethink and reevaluate my strategies. However, through this process, I learn about the power of finding my own opportunities, power of learning to take charge, power of seeking new advice and, of course, the power of being a USC alumni ✌🏼. There are recruiters and employees that want to help you learn more about their company and the role available; all I needed to do was ask.
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