Conquering a Tough Job Market

I graduated university in May 2016, and finally in May 2017 I got a job that I would consider to be a career. It took me one year, 5 jobs, and a lot of hard work to get to the place I am now.

For the purpose of the blog, I’ll keep my story as short as possible… I moved back home from Philadelphia to get a job and start establishing a life here in Vancouver. This was not as easy as I thought it was going to be. At first I got a job working for Lululemon as a seasonal worker, my contract ended and I struggled to find a job for about 5 months before finally getting another one. Throughout those months I had a really hard time getting a job interview and I felt as if all I was doing was submitting a document that regardless of the person I am and how hard I work, the words on that document weren’t what people wanted.

As a university graduate there were a lot of things that went through my head when entering the job market; self-doubt, who would be disappointed in me, would I make enough money to live in Vancouver, just to name a few. The worst thing I didn’t realize was that there were hundreds of other people looking for the same thing I was. It was like I was on the Titanic trying to get onto one of the life boats and as much as I wanted to be a passenger on a life raft, there were other people who were better candidates to get on that boat and sail away to safety. All of this happening while I was standing on the deck as everything around me was sinking.

So how did I finally get my foot in the door to land a job? Why am I writing about this topic?

I got the job I have now because of my work ethic and willingness to learn. I did not go to school to be a consultant but I’ll tell you that over the last 6 months I have learned a lot about this business and am more than qualified to call myself a Junior Consultant. I chose to write about this topic because recently we had a client take a step back as they felt that I was not experienced enough and not worth their money. The worst part of all of this was they didn’t even give me a chance to prove myself and let them see through experience that I am more than qualified and able to do a great job at what I do.

The client who did this made me wonder if that’s how people felt reading my resume before hiring me. I didn’t even get a chance to sit down and talk with our client for more than 15 minutes and somehow in that time he decided I was not good enough for their company. I know this is biased, but I felt that his actions were little bit unreasonable and unfair. As a consultant, every time we find a new client it’s like applying for another job, somebody new to assess if you’re the right fit for their company. Something that people seem to forget is that face to face interaction is a huge necessity when looking to hire a new person or contractor for your company.

Part of my job is to humanize work. Pretty broad statement right? What exactly does that mean? Here at URGEO we turn systems and processes (such as the hiring process) into something that helps not only the company but also the applicant/contractor. We help to highlight the importance of a face to face interaction with somebody. Something so simple at an interview is priceless and irreplaceable with a phone interview, email application or Indeed resume submission. The question then becomes how do you sift through the hundreds of applications and resumes received for one single job? There are many ways at URGEO we able to help coach executives through so they are able to apply these skills to any size company which in turn, will assist with the tedious task of sifting through resumes, among many other tasks.

This blog is from someone who has gone through this, to anybody reading this: (whether that be an Executive, HR Manager, or peer) just remember that you can’t teach work ethic. You can teach systems, processes and any other technical skill just as you can teach any dog new tricks if they want to learn them. The work ethic that goes along with learning, applying and continuing to grow is what matters the most. Keep grinding, keep working and what you’re working hard for WILL come along.