Right after graduate school, I found myself sleeping on my sister's couch with no car, not much money, and lots of ambition (if ambition counted monetarily, I'd be rich). My ambition was straightforward: Find a Marketing role, get as much experience as possible, and then narrow down the skills that I want to focus on.
Before grad school, much of my previous experience was in Education but after arriving back from England, I decided to make the leap to Marketing. Well come to find out, no one in Marketing wanted to hire a person with an Education background, so I opted for a 3-month unpaid marketing internship (the only amount of time I could manage since I was pretty low on funds). From then, I've held a couple of Digital Marketing/Marketing Communications roles and have narrowed down my focus to Communications.
Last month, I successfully completed a contract position, however, now I find myself unemployed and in search of my next full-time non-contract role. I've applied to hundreds of jobs, gone on various interviews, and received many rejection letters. No offer yet.
After those rejections, I always ask for feedback so that I may use it for future reference.
The Typical Feedback
Few companies supply feedback after interviews but those that have, have given me the following (which I've written down in a notepad on my phone):
It's like I'm doing everything right but not enough to persuade them to make an offer. This exact feedback hasn't just come up once, it's come up more than five times. It's frustrating, to say the least.
Strength and Perseverance
But the results of these interviews has not stopped me from applying and pursuing my next opportunity. I've never been one to be kept down and while a tear or two come along sometimes, I never let defeat impede me.
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou
My father has always taught me that hard work goes a long way. He himself has been working since he was a preteen. From a young age, he told me that he came to this country (with almost nothing) so that our family could have the opportunity to prosper. I took that to heart. I've put myself through undergraduate and post-grad, made sacrifices for my career (worked my butt off and continue to do so), and managed to be sane through it all to know what I want.
I want an opportunity with a company that values Communications, where I can join a team and have a positive impact on engagement and the brand; a position that allows me to grown and develop as a professional.
Advice for Those Going Through "Missing Years of Experience" Feedback
If you're also going through the same predicament. I feel ya. Here are some things I've learned along the way through words of wise men and women in my life:
Be persistent! Don't give up! Make yourself better every day and we will reach our dream jobs. I know it.
"Up and forward!" – My dad
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