Taking the Reins

So, after nearly one month of being home – and zero replies from jobs – I’ve decided that maybe waking up at 11 every morning, watching Food Network all day, and submitting one résumé each weekday might not have been the best job hunting strategy.

I’ve thus decided to take matters into my own hands and start attacking the job hunt.    I’m going to New York next week to search for jobs and hand people my résumé face to face.  This has to be better than what I’ve been doing.  But here’s the hard part: how do I know where to go?  Do I just research all the companies I want to work at, walk into their offices and deliver a résumé, regardless of if they’re hiring?  How do I get employers to take me seriously- I’m a 5’4″ 22 year old blonde who often looks younger than her age…I don’t even own a pant suit!

One thing I’ve known since I was a child is that I’m a terrible sales person.  I’m usually terrified of talking to strangers on the phone, and I can trace my first dread of customer rejection all the way back to when I used to sit out in front of the grocery store and sell Girl Scout cookies.  In this way, job searching has turned out to be very similar to being a sales person for my number 1 products- my education, my experience, and my potential.

So you can imagine why I’ve preferred this method of looking at online listings and e-mailing my résumés that way.  But clearly, that way doesn’t work.  So it looks like poor little social anxiety problem is going to have to take the back burner to my little unemployed problem and suck it up.  Time to take the reins.

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