Over the weekend, I got a second job. I also received another sign as to what career path I should be pursuing…
On Friday night, I was wondering why I hadn’t heard from the person who interviewed me for that part-time, contracted, non-profit job I’ve been mentioning. She said she would let me know by Friday, yet I still hadn’t received any news. So I checked the email account that’s listed on my resume thinking that maybe she emailed me and it didn’t get forwarded to my main email account. Lo and behold, I found an email from her (sent on Tuesday) stating that I was not chosen for the job. After interviewing three times for that particular job, I didn’t get it! I haven’t emailed the employer back and asked for feedback on why I didn’t get the job, because I have a feeling she’s just going to tell me that they went with “someone who has more experience.” And to be honest, I’m really tired of hearing that kind of feedback. I especially don’t want to hear that I’m not experienced enough for a PART-TIME TEMP JOB.
On the bright side, the next day I was offered another part-time restaurant job at a semi-fancy Italian restaurant. I’ll be working as a lunch hostess, but the managers also want me to assist their event coordinator with special event planning. I have a lot of prior experience executing special events, but no experience with the actual planning part, so I think this will be really good experience to add to my service industry resume. And who knows? Perhaps this will give me the experience I need to become an event coordinator myself someday.
Even though I wasn’t 100% sure if I should continue to pursue a career in non-profit, I was still upset I didn’t get offered that part-time temp job. I think this recent rejection brought back all of the anger, frustration, and disappointment I felt when I got rejected for those two full-time, permanent non-profit jobs over the holidays; it brought back feelings of not feeling good enough. However, after my shock and sadness wore off on Friday night, I was feeling thankful for the sign: if I can’t even get a part time temp job in a particular field, I should probably just stop wasting my time trying to change my career and stick with where my experience lies. When I interview for jobs in the food, beverage, and service industry, I feel wanted. I have over 10 years of well-rounded experience in this field, so I’m rarely told, “You don’t have enough experience, so we chose someone else.” Instead, I get interviews AND I get job offers.
I’m loving my current part-time job; not only are my co-workers awesome and I’m learning a lot about food and wine, but I’m making a ton of money (the same amount I’d be making if I was working one of those full-time non-profit jobs I interviewed for). Now that I have a second job to work during the day, I’ll be able to pay off my debt faster! I’m pretty excited about the event planning experience I’ll be gaining, too.
I may not have a Big Kid Job like many people my age, but you can’t say I didn’t try. For the last year, I volunteered, interned, and worked a temp job that got me nowhere and left me unemployed. So I put my pride aside and went back to the service industry; now I’m working again and making money. I’m doing what I have to do to pay off my debt, save for my future, and survive in this crazy competitive job market. And that’s what matters most right now.