This is part two of my series about a common problem in the U. S. (not sure about other countries) for parents who have chosen to stay home and raise their kids, and then want to go back to work. You can read the first post with my personal story about getting a job here.
Today, I wanted to overview how I found a job. I needed a full-time job when I was going through a divorce, and I am one of the lucky ones–it only took me 8 months, and I had two different fields I could apply in: English-related (editing, writing) or elementary teaching.
Turns out, since the last time I looked for a full-time job in 2004, much had changed! Let’s start with elementary teaching in 2015. I decided it would be best to go back to teaching (instead of editing) since at the time, I had a 4-year-old daughter. Applying for a teaching job now took place on a website (of course!), and jobs opened and closed for elementary teachers before I could apply! So I learned to not wait around to submit my resume: but it turns out, elementary teachers are a dime a dozen in St. Louis, and I hadn’t been in the classroom for 9 years. It didn’t take me long to realize that I wasn’t getting called for interviews, so I had to change my game plan.
That’s when I found Indeed.com. Now, there are several websites out there people use to find jobs: Linked In, Career Builder, and Monster; but I love Indeed.com, and it is where I found my job. Turns out, English majors with editing skills and experience and desperation (meaning I will work for less pay to get awesome benefits) are not a dime a dozen, and I finally received some calls for interviews.
I won’t say the phone was ringing off the hook because well, phones don’t ring off hooks anymore…BUT, I did start to feel some hope of securing a full-time position with benefits. I’m not going to spend a lot of time on this post talking about why Indeed.com and LinkedIn are important because I’m saving that for its own post. But if you’re currently looking for a job, I highly recommend that you have an updated and professional profile on LinkedIn and Indeed.com.
So my current job as an editorial assistant was posted on Indeed.com. I applied with my resume and targeted cover letter, and I received a call from the manager, (right before I had to go to the doctor for some illness, of course). But he interviewed me on the phone and said he was very interested in me, and I had high hopes that day because he even mentioned coming in for an in-person interview to meet the team. I did that! I then talked to him on the phone again about a week later; and lo and behold, I had a job offer.
People will tell you the only way to get a job from a job site is to know someone at the company. This is NOT true. I knew no one at Vance Publishing, and the manager offered me the job. What I think helped, and again I will address this more in my upcoming posts, is that I applied for the job almost as soon as it was posted; I tailored my cover letter and resume to the job description; and I was enthusiastic and friendly when the manager called me about the position. I still have my job today, and it has evolved into the perfect situation for me and Katie.
I share this story (and this entire series) because I know trying to find a job, after being out of work for whatever reason–raising kids, illness, poor job market–can be one of the most disheartening times in an adult’s life. You are not alone! It’s a time full of anxiety, rejection, and uncertainty. But know that somewhere out there, the perfect position is waiting for you. Hopefully, I can help you find it and land it.