In case you couldn’t tell by the title of this post, I’ll throw out a disclaimer that this is not going to be a cheerful post. If you’re after sunshine and roses, it might be time to read one of the other blogs you follow and come back to mine later. While I could give you a rousing rendition of “Everything is Awesome!” I did promise to be frank with my discussions on here regardless of the topic. So, here I go.
Job hunting is one of the worst parts of life. I am absolutely convinced of the accuracy of this statement. Think about it: You are constantly living with a sense of instability because really – you have no idea when you’ll find something. Even if you do find something, it could go to hell in a hand-basket because you just don’t know what you’re getting into. You have a limited amount of time to review very few (and sometimes non-existent) resources in order to gain an understanding of the organisations you are applying to, and you have to be “on” whilst writing cover letters and attending interviews. The entire process is exhausting.
All of that aside, I think the hardest part is when you’re just not enough. Now, I’m not exactly a rookie in my profession. I have several years of valuable experience under my belt (despite not yet having that piece of paper that says “degree” on it). I also have a keen desire to move up in the world. My goal is to one day become CEO. I feel with my whole heart that I am ready to step into a more senior role and I have so much potential to be a great manager.
But, I can’t quite get there. I am missing a certain level of experience in a particular skill that most organisations in my sector want their managers to have. What’s worse is that it is something I know I could do and that I could do extremely well. Unfortunately, confident isn’t going to cut it. This was ultimately the reason I didn’t get a management position I interviewed for months ago, and it’s the reason I didn’t get another management position I applied for recently.
So, the old confidence has taken yet another beating. I don’t want to give up trying because you never know what will happen if you simply try. At the same time, it can be rather soul-crushing to constantly put yourself out there and continually fall short. Sometimes (like today) I have to rely solely on my faith that things will turn out okay in the end – that my skills and expertise ARE valuable, and that someone WILL see my potential and eventually snap me up.
Don’t worry. I’m not giving up. I’m ultimately the kind of person who, if you tell me I don’t have the ability to do something, I’ll say, “Watch me!” and make it happen. I’ll give myself these few emo moments, but then I’ll wipe away the tears of frustration that currently adorn my eyelashes and…well…make it happen.
Cheers to all of the poor suckers out there that are in the same boat as I. It’s a rocky SOB, but I know we’ll find the shore eventually.