A couple of weeks ago a guy at work and I decided to make a list. No, nothing productive like things to do - more like a competition - on who has had more jobs. OK - can't say I'm proud - but I won.
The Jamoker's blog about Gahoogle Jamokes inspired me to talk about my employment history and how even loyalty can sometimes make it harder to find a job. Logical? I think not.
Before I moved to Iowa I worked at the same place for 6 years. It took me several months to find a job despite the fact that I had a degree and experience in management. Was it the reason I left? Poor interviewing? (could have been) or was it fear that I had worked at one place for too long and was lacking experience in different jobs that caused me trouble?
One thing I will tell you - my current employer was IMPRESSED that I had worked in so many different positions. It apparently made me marketable to this employer. Who knew? Maybe I should have listed my entire list on my resume.
Curious to see the list? Here is it.
- Academic Administrative Assistant - (Current)
- Recruiter/Trainer Staff Management (left for employment closer to home)
- Trainer/QA Specialist - GC Services (company closed)
- AnswerNet Operator - GC Services (Promoted)
- Customer Service Operator - GC Services (position change)
- Assistant Park Manager - LCPRD (relocated)
- Bartender (seasonal)
- Stage hand - IU MAC (graduated)
- Short Order Cook - IU Food Service (injury caused me to resign)
- Groundskeeper - LCPRD (seasonal)
- Concession/Rental supervisor - LCPRD (seasonal)
- Programming assistant - LCPRD (seasonal)
- Cashier - Burger King (seasonal)
- Umpire - AAU Softball (seasonal)
OK - 15 different positions - many with the same company. So I guess it isn't that bad - and I am only on the 4th company since I graduated from college.
Is it fair that Google requires a 3.0 to continue to an interview? NO. Is it fair that Whit who has been with the same company for 8 years has a harder time finding a job than I did? NO.
I will say - that each employer searches for the best fit - and I would be willing to bet because I graduated with a 2.58 I most DEFINATELY would not fit in at Google.
And my father who worked at the same company for 30 years would not fit in with a company like the one I work for now.
What am I trying to say? If you're searching for a job and it takes awhile don't let it get you down.
Remember: The job I found after 5 weeks of being laid off from GC Services - I HATED. I will say this - it's better to wait and find a good match than to take the first thing to come along. The year and ahalf with the job I hated was the longest in my life! So take your time when looking - you don't want to wear the wrong size shoes forever!