Wellness // Tips and Truths on Finding a Job in San Francisco
May 1, 2018
Not any job. One that you will actually enjoy. I am not saying it has to be your dream job, or your "until I have kids and settle down and buy a house and question what is life" job. I'm just saying a job that is maybe one step up then where you are at, now.
[Also, my dream job would be sailing on a boat drinking #roseallday. And, if we're being honest, I'm not sure that would pay the bills.]
*Queue moment of stress followed by hours of scrolling through every job hunt site available on the internet*
Moving forward- I have just finished 6 months of unemployment, during which I traveled, spent time with family, felt sadness, bliss, love, judgement- but overall I have a feeling of satisfaction. This satisfaction is what fueled my drive to land a job, one that I can grow with and not leave in 4 months as us 25 y/o's are so good at doing.
However, let's be real. Finding a Job in San Francisco takes time, money, and extreme emotional roller-coasters. It is difficult. Grueling. Humbling.
Here are 5 tips to landing your next jobs in San Francisco:
1. BE PATIENT. I mean really patient. Like starting you job search in February and not getting one until May. It takes time, the interview process' are slow and disheartening. Just keep your chin up, and chucking along.
2. SAY NO. Do not say yes to the first thing as a "buffer job" (unless your savings are completely non-existent, obviously). This simply creates a distraction and moves you farther away from your original goal. Also, the first job offered to you might not even be the one you really want, and if you are early in the job search timeline, be O.K. with saying No.
3. USE YOUR NETWORK. Friends. Family. ex Co- Workers. These are the ones that will most likely help you get what you want, because they can personally vouch for you. I am so thankful for EVERYONE that has helped me. It is a competitive market out there, and near impossible to land an interview unless you know someone. Rough, but (mostly) true. (AKA never burn bridges).
4. BE CONFIDENT. You deserve a job. Do not let the no-replies, dismissals or rejections get you down. Digest these emotions, then put them behind you. These are of no service to you. Set your intention and good things will come.
5. HAVE A MELT DOWN. In fact, have a few. With your family, boyfriend, and even with your dog. I am guilty of this but not ashamed, because this process is never easy, and I am only human. So, have the break down, and then get back up and earn your next one.
If you are out there searching, you've got this. Keep applying to everything of interest, aim high, and stand tall.
When you find your next chapter, be sure to circle back around and thank your support system for their phone calls, texts, and e-mails that helped get you closer to where you now.