My quest for a new direction careerwise is not going well. The little bloggie is about 4 months old now and I had hoped to at least secure one or two jobinterviews involving a role I would thoroughly love. Alas, not a single employer considered me suitable for their lovely, exciting jobs! That said – I have only applied for 4 jobs since I started , as there just aren’t that many vacancies out there which blow me away. The one that kicked off my bloggieness, was a communications officer for the Abby Theatre. A No-No. Next, I applied to be an account manager for Simply Zesty (as you all saw in the rather unprofessional video I posted on the blog), but unfortunately, they had already hired a new member by the time I made the application. Next venture was for an office manager with an online design company – not even a reply! (which I thought was very odd, as administration would be my field of expertise, if such a thing really existed. Finally, I tried to become the next communications officer with Axis Ballymun, but again, was not considered for interview.
Last week did bring me a chance at going for the actual interview selection. On paper, the role looked fairly interesting, albeit slightly confusing as it really didn’t reveal any information about the company nor a specific job description. It just said that a “Young and exciting marketing company” was looking for a Recruitment Administrator with an interest in marketing and PR. The “main responsibilities” listed were right up my alley though, so off I went writing a cover letter and not much later received a call if I could come in to meet. You can imagine, happy me!
Turned out they were a direct marketing company – selling contracts for electricity, television and other providers, door-to-door. My job would consist of hiring these sales people through various channels and ensuring they are cut out of right wood. Also, the success of the company would depend on me, hiring the right, sales-driven, motivated individuals, and naturally, my wage would be commission based and depending on how well the hired monkeys do. Uh-Oh. Cue alarm bells in my head. This was not what I was expecting, at all! “Would I be up for that?” … “Well”, I said, “The hiring, the paperwork, the PA duties, covering reception, doing the online marketing, sending out invoices, yes, no problems. But – I cannot imagine myself walking around towns, going door-to-door, selling utility contracts”. I might just as well have been digging my own grave, as the look from hiring-lady portrayed an emotion somewhere between disgust and surprise. And then she piped up: “Well, I spend a lot of time, out on the field, with my people”.
Needless to say, I didn’t get hired – though she did ring me to explain why and provide me with feedback… According to hiring-lady “I am just not sales-orientated enough”. Nothing new there in fairness, but I must say, I do have an interest in sales. I enjoy engaging with potential customers, taking my time and prefer a soft-sale at all times, both from customer and seller point of view. The days where I used to sell stationary by coldcalling a massive database are far behind me – and this job just sounded to scarily familiar to that.
Now – I must admit that I did have some opportunities coming my way since I started putting myself out there on the big interwebs. A twitter-friend asked if I could assist a small company with their online strategy, which I declined, as I don’t have the right tools nor enough time to do it properly. It wouldn’t feel right to me to engage in a concept without being sure that I would be able to deliver what was expected and desired. I was also asked to provide copy for a website, again through the social networks I frequent, and will soon be meeting up with the owner to discuss his exact needs and how we can work together. He knows I don’t have the same experience as the big PR companies or copywriting specialists, but is willing to hire me because he likes my writing style and “sees my potential”. Those two events and the very positive feedback from Simply Zesty gave me a great boost – but they don’t make up for the paralyzing silence from the companies I apply with for roles I really, really want.
Through those experiences, I did find that I have very well narrowed down what exactly my “dreamjob” would be – meaning I am able to focus on what I need to work on, what I need to learn more about and which people I should talk to. The bad bit about this, is that I have narrowed it down that much, to a few specific industries (Non-Profit, Arts, Communications, PR and Online) that most of the time it is nearly impossible to find the vacancies. Above jobs, I all found on Creative Careers or directly on the companies website. How I am supposed to find vacancies when they are hidden away deeply on the backbone of a corporate website! Ah well – less time procrastinating, back to the drawing board and surfing the web.
As a small cheeky addition: Are YOU looking for a communications and administration officer, handling your PR and press, running a busy office, writing your blog and managing your social networks? Perhaps combined with administration and PA duties? And making creative little things, talking to people and soft-selling your company? Ring me!