Okay, so I guess I should start off with some breaking news: guess who has a job interview this week? That’s right—this gal! It took almost a whole month, and applications at over 50 stores and restaurants, but I finally have a proper job interview coming up. And honestly, I think I’ll get the job. I don’t want to get my hopes up, but my chances are good and I’m more than qualified.
The job is a staff position with Iron Horse, a company that provides rental security guards for various events and locations. As a former wrestling champ, the job seems perfect for me. A friend of mine already works there and told me that they’re always hiring—especially female security guards—so hopefully the tip was good and I will soon be employed.
And that isn’t even the best part. Iron Horse has a Toronto office that I would be able to transfer to in the fall, so I’d even be able to keep the job when I go back to school. I cannot even describe how great this is.
That being said, it will be tricky—as I’m sure you all know by now, my course load is very heavy, and so balancing a job on top of all that schoolwork is extremely difficult. But I have to give it a try. Having that extra money will come in handy, especially since I won’t have a meal plan for food next year, and groceries can get expensive.
The point in all this cheerful rambling (which is all too hopeful—I have to keep reminding myself that I do NOT have the job yet) is one that it took me a VERY long time to grasp, so I’m going to spell it out for you guys, just in case: when looking for a job, especially in this economy, USE EVERY RESOURSE YOU HAVE ON HAND. Name-drop, pester your friends and people you know for recommendations, apply EVERYWHERE that your friends work and TELL the manager that you know them. If they’re good friends and you are a good person, they will recommend you to their manager, which may not guarantee you the job, but it will certainly help. You must be ruthless—think like a pirate. Exploit every person you know for your own personal gain.
It may sound mean, but it is a mean world out there, and if you want a job, you’ll have to scrap with every other lean, penniless student out there. So bring your A-game. This means even when you are handing out résumés, wear nice clothes. For the interview, wear even nicer clothes. Avoid jeans, yoga pants and t-shirts with snarky sayings on them (learned that one the hard way—WHOOPS). Be friendly, smile until your face cracks and ALWAYS INSIST on talking to the manager if at all possible.
Okey dokey, I think I’m all adviced out for this week. I will let you go for now. Just remember, folks:
BE A PIRATE.