To get everyone caught up on how I got to where I am now, I decided to start a mini series. I am going to call it the “The Story of” series. This way you all will have a better understanding of where my advice and tips I plan to share later on are coming from. To start off the series I am going to share the story of how I got my job because without the job, moving wouldn’t have been possible.
Since I have known what direction I wanted to take my life in career wise for so long, I started taking steps to making it possible very early on. I wanted to go into merchandising, so soon after I turned 16 and was able to work I made sure I got a job in retail. Specifically, I made sure to work in an apparel based store. I stuck with that for about 4 years until I was able to get a merchandising internship. Some other things I did that probably helped me get hired were participating on the production team of my college’s fashion show, having an on campus job, holding a leadership position in my sorority, going on study tours, and winning a case study within my program. I don’t mean to list all of those things to brag about my accomplishments, I just want to put my experience into perspective if you are currently in college and want to follow a similar path.
When my senior year of college rolled around I was very excited to find a full time job for after graduation that I could turn into a career. I probably started applying for different jobs or training programs in November. For some of the positions that was most likely too early, but you never know what could happen. I even found myself looking for job postings while I was in class. After a few months of being on the hunt it felt like most of my applications were just going to a black hole on the internet. I was getting a little discouraged and I knew I needed to get creative.
One day I decided to try to find someone who worked in HR at the company I now work at so I could message them. I wasn’t really expecting a response but I basically just asked them what the hiring timeline was for the job I was interested in. I also added that I was really interested in relocating since I know it can be more difficult to get hired from across the country. I ended up getting a response from her a few days later where she provided me with her work email so we could discuss the position further. Once I emailed her, we set up a phone interview. The phone interview seemed to go really well but I didn’t hear back for a little while. In the meantime I made sure to follow up and still apply for other jobs.
I graduated in early May without a job tied down yet. With that in mind I decided I would dedicate my summer to the job hunting process. I finally ended up hearing back from the person I did the phone interview with and a Skype interview with 4 other people was then set up. That seemed to go pretty well, but it was harder gauge since I had to impress a variety of people. I thought if I moved on in the interview process it would be to fly out for an in person interview… but it turned out that I would hear back a week or 2 later to find out that I had been hired to start 3 weeks after that. I was shocked that I had actually accomplished my goal of working in merchandising in a new state without ever interviewing in person! With that I was going to be starting my professional career in mid June, just about a month after I graduated.
Well, this completes the getting my job portion of how I ended up in Texas. Next up will be the story of how I was able to move with 3 weeks notice. After this series is complete I will share any specific tips I have on how to go about your job search. To never miss a post be sure to subscribe in the side bar.