Hellooo! It’s been a while but I’m back with a life update. Those who follow me on Twitter might know this already, and I’ve been wanting to write here but I just haven’t had the time (for reasons I’ll explain more in the post)….
I got a job friends!!!
You might remember my long struggle in finding a full-time job here in the US. Ever since I got my work permit, then went back to school, then graduated, I’ve been wanting to go back to the corporate world. I’ve tried to pursue other careers but felt that the other options didn’t really make me as excited as working in the corporate world.
So how did I end up getting a job, and what do I do now?
It all started with sending 100+ applications. Wait let’s go back a little bit… it all started with numerous resume edits. If you looked at my computer, you’d see that I probably have more than 50 resume versions. I have a general resume, a resume tailored for a particular industry, another one tailored for a specific role, and another version that is very specific for a particular company and a particular role.
Then the applications! There were times where I spent more than 30 minutes just to apply to 1 job.. there were also times where I mindlessly click on “apply now” while scrolling on Linkedin through my phone.
There’s also the networking. I’ve heard many times that networking is super important when finding a job. So I did, mainly through Linkedin. I guess the benefit of job hunting during COVID-time is that everybody is active on Linkedin. All those networking events are now held virtually, making it easy for me to attend. Though these networking events I was able to meet new people, get job leads and found a lot of inspiration. I’m glad that I decided to be more active on Linkedin because it helped me to build confidence in networking and also to make myself more familiar with the corporate culture here in the US.
So I did all those things.. but I had 0 offers last year. I guess COVID brought so much uncertainty and the job market was tough. Come January 2021, I found myself getting more calls and feedbacks than usual. I had interviews almost every week, even more than once in a good week. I even got one offer, that I got through referral!
However, I decided to turn down that offer because shortly after receiving the first offer, I got another offer from the company that I now work for! It was very unexpected actually, because I applied to my company a while back, didn’t hear anything until they called me in for an interview and gave me an offer on the spot! wooohoow.
The best thing about this job is that I’m finally able to break into the technology industry, one that I was curious about. My company makes a data processing software that has a very niche market. It’s a small company but I’m excited to learn as much as I can and hopefully build a career in the industry.
But there’s a downside… I don’t have a privilege of working from home, so I have to adjust to office life once again (with commuting and all), after more than 3 years out of corporate world!! Although my work schedule is pretty normal, I still find myself exhausted every time I get home from work and couldn’t really do much on the weekends hahaha. Well it’s only been 2 weeks but I hope I can get used to this soon enough.
Wish me luck! 🙂