I am totally rubbish at finding a job. Other people seem to be able to do it with very little difficulty, but nearly six months on and I'm still working on resumes and haunting the cyber halls of Monster. I will admit I'm being a bit pickier than I could be, because since I'm so crap at this I'd rather not need to do it again soon. That's why I'm only trying for jobs that I really would like to have such as at the soon to be opened Apple Store in Pacific Centre [mbv], or the reporter/photographer job at the Chilliwack Times [ct] that I applied for yesterday. (I built an on-line photography portfolio for that job that you can browse here [fkr]).
So I've decided to draw up a few rules for the sort of job that I'm looking to take, just so I don't end up doing this macabre dance in six months.
1) I have to like the job. I guess this seems like a luxury, but most of us spend so much time at work that the fact that we generally don't like our jobs is insane. Life's too short to be doing something that I hate any longer than I need to be. I mean it doesn't need to be as fun as a trip to EuroDisney, but I don't want to be going home ready to hide under my bed crying.
2) I want the possibility for advancement. This is one of the reasons I've been focusing on larger companies during this job search, because there's more chance for things like raises, promotions and rewards for long term service and good work. I've been with the same company for nearly a decade and the people hired this month are paid the same as me, get as much control over their hours as I do and there's pretty much nowhere for me to advance. To the company the only difference between me and new hires is that the new hires are younger and more attractive.
3) I'd like to be able to be creative. Granted if I get a sales job this isn't going to be much of a possibility, but when I was talking to Rob Butz who I used to work with at the Phoenix I realized that my years with the paper were probably the best I've ever had. Being able to do something like that, something that manages to use at least part of my creative side, would be wonderful.
4) I'd like to have a job that includes travel. This is sort of an outside shot thing, but I like travelling for work. I used to really dig the weeks I'd have to go to Toronto for Campus Plus meetings and would actually really like something were I got the chance to travel. Maybe having to spend two weeks a month in Peace River might blow, but some travel would be hot.
5) Working somewhere where they respect me would be wonderful. Really so much can be ignored if I have the feeling that I'm needed and an important part of the team. Feeling like you're just a cog in the machine, and as easily replaced as a three dollar mop, is incredibly demoralizing. Things like money and hours can be ignored if there's a sense that my contribution is important and that I'm doing a good job.