They say when you least expect it something big happens! Well, this sure came out of left field– I received an offer for a job, in my field, all within 5 days and I started within two weeks of the offer!! CRAZY? EXCITING? RIGHT?
Exploring the Crazy: how I got the job.
I have been job searching for the past 8+ months now for jobs in the music industry specifically—event coordinating, fundraising, development, operations, promotions, marketing, radio and music retail type jobs (basically anything). While in college I did everything possible to make my resume shine, got good grades, was heavily involved in organization, and was a leader for many things. I began my search, by researching companies, going to job fairs, and networking with those I already knew in the industry. After college I was told do these four things and you will get a job. #1 Display your resume EVERYWHERE. (Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com, LinkedIn.com, Experience.com, and Jobfox.com were the main ones I used) #2 Write personal cover letters to SOMEONE, not just a hiring manager #3 Write a specific Resume for each job (or what I did—I had one resume for everything that I tailored for each job I had one for Event based jobs, one for Fundraising/Development based jobs and so on) and #4 Follow up, Network (meet alumni, go to job fairs, events, etc), and Follow up some more.
How I got this job follows basically only the #1 thing to do. Display your resume: my most recent resume had been on Monster.com which is basically how I got this job. Normally a job just doesn’t fall into your lap, but in a way this one kind of did because my well written resume basically spoke for itself. Before you post your resume make sure it’s perfect, grammatically, proficiency-wise (for skills) and especially with all recent contact information. Let someone else read it, if your parents or siblings or even you know some who works in HR have them look it over as well because they know what people are looking for.
About two almost three weeks ago I got a phone call from a lady who works for Manpower Staffing. (Keep in mind—I had never gone to Manpower before for job help) I asked, “how did you find my information?” and she said, “I did a key word search on Monster.com for resumes with these key words…and yours came up and your resume speaks for itself, you could do this job with your eyes closed.” She then went on and asked me a few questions and if I could come into their offices and learn more and fill out paperwork.
Exploring the Exciting: What’s next, The Job, & More.
The following week I went in for an interview—the owner who interviewed me was wearing track pants and a t-shirt. (So you can just imagine how causal this office is!) The interview consisted of me talking about my experiences doing a lot of different things, being upfront with him about needing a semi flexible schedule and being upfront about how this is not my dream job, but I am willing to do the work to the best of my ability to make our time together mutually beneficial. The exciting part is it’s a job, in the music industry, basically doing research and database management (fancy names for basic data entry) for a ticket broker out of the NW suburbs of IL. Not my ideal job, considering I’d never really thought of a ticket broker to even work for, but the overall appeal comes from it’s music based, it’s a nice wage, a nice schedule, and three weeks of paid vacation.
On Monday, February 21st I started my first day. Traffic in the morning wasn’t too bad, nor was the commute home. I spent my morning learning the different computer programs basically in a quick run through—which really isn’t how my brain works. I’m a “show me once, let me do it once, and double-check for me” type of person. I like to know I’m doing it right and have a short guided tour of how to work a program. But I’m learning and after a week of being there I believe I have the hang of it.
The job in itself is quite boring (I’ve been there a week now). It’s interesting to learn what popular music is being played and what artist’s concert tickets go for. But it’s a lot of little tasks in one job and learning how to do a whole bunch of things while keeping a goal of researching and finding a certain number of concerts.
Exploring the Right: But is it?
They say 8 months. 8 months is the average amount of time it is taking recent graduates to find employment. (Check! That’s right for me). It’s a job in the music industry (Check! That’s right for me!) But morally is it right? Not so much for me…
I realized basically after I took the job that morally I kind of have a problem with it. I tried to view it as… “They buy them so others can have a chance at front row tickets” or “it’s just another way for more people to see musicians perform” but really that’s not it…. As a musician myself, and someone who has worked behind planning events with ticket sales, I’d personally want to be the one making the most out of those ticket sales, except these companies buy them at face value on the primary market (Ticketmaster, venues, radio sales, fan club sales) then resell them for sometimes triple the price on the secondary market (stubhub.com, eBay, etc). Somehow that doesn’t seem right.
Also it’s just not what I want to be doing with my life. It’s a data entry based job. I’d like to be on the creative side of a job or a company. Which is why I need to continually remind myself—this is just a job for the time being. A job that is going to be flexible with my schedule so that I can continue to do event coordinating and marketing on the side and build that network of people up. (which kind of makes this job right all except the morals part…)
As my second week on the job starts I’m interested in seeing what I retained from the past week, plus whatever other tasks will be added to my list. I’m continually still searching the market for other jobs, as well as continually interviewing for other jobs, so for as long as I’m at this job I plan to make the most of it. A lesson I’ve learned in life is take what you can get while you can get it and move on from there. So that’s what I’m doing. It may not be the best choice, but at the moment this is a job that pays and gets me to do work instead of waiting for something to come a long. Plus they always say—it’s easier to find your 2nd job after you have your 1st! I guess we’ll see what happens next!
What do you think my next move with this job should be? Should I stay there? Should I find something else? Comment on what you think! Thanks for reading!