Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Job Search Continues

The past month has been pretty frustrating. It's been 5 weeks since I was let go from my last job. It hasn't been going as well as I had hoped. When you work in Influencer Marketing you realize what a small industry it is once you don't have a job.

I tried to do what most people suggested this time. I decided to network. I'm not comfortable trying to sell myself to others. I've reached out to pretty much all of the Influencer Marketing companies I'm aware of. I've also been applying to jobs that have what looks like a strong need for social media help. Honestly, it gets discouraging applying to job after job and either not hearing back or reading that the company has decided to pursue other candidates.

There are a lot of industries that require degrees and it seems like most of the social media type jobs also want someone who has marketing, graphic design, or some sort of analytics experience/degree. They want someone who does it all. You should know HTML, SEO, Adobe, Management, marketing, design, copywriting, etc.

It's been a huge blessing to have so many people in the Influencer Marketing world who know me and have been passing along jobs they find. I've gotten so many messages from people I've worked with in the past. They've been an incredible encouragement. So far none of the leads have gotten me anywhere, but at least they're rooting for me!

One of the perks of my last two jobs is that they've both been remote. I haven't had to go into an office. It's given me the freedom to work from anywhere, which has allowed me the opportunity to go back to Minnesota every July. My boys and I drive out there. Jacob is now only staying about a week, but my youngest volunteers at a camp. I can go get him every weekend to give him the opportunity to spend time with friends and family. I'm not sure that will be possibility this year, and that will be a very difficult pill to swallow.

I'm hoping that I can find a job locally that will give me the option of going into an office occasionally and have the option of working remotely. I mean, it's the best of both worlds. I can go in to an office and interact with people, but still be able to go to Minnesota for a month.

In the meantime I'll keep applying to jobs that seem like they'll be a good fit and applying weekly to my unemployment. Maybe one of my connections from networking will be the golden ticket. If you have any suggestions, I'm open to hearing them! You can find me on LinkedIn and message me.


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