"Your job’s pretty cool, how did you get that?"

May 1, 2009 · 4 comments

When someone asks what I do for a living, they almost always follow up their question with “How did you get that job?” There is something about the title Special Agent that sparks interest in most people I meet. Over the last two years I have probably been asked that question at least a hundred times, but I always provide the same response… “I applied for it.”

It really is that simple folks.The only way you can get the job you want is to apply for it. You are the driving force behind your future. I admit my response may be slightly caustic (caustic-critical or sarcastic, thanks synonym.com!), but it is also reality. Granted, my degree in Psychology was related to my field of choice, but outside of that, my application and a little luck from the Special Agent gods above did the rest. I didn’t know anyone in the field, I had no connections, I didn’t even really know much about the job when I applied for it, but I thought “Hey this sounds cool, I think I want to do this.”

Like most people, I have goals and a desire to enjoy my job. What separates me from those that continue to work in a job they hate? The difference is I applied for the job I wanted. I refused to remain in a dead-end job with no future career advancement opportunities Now obviously you aren’t going to get offers on every job you apply for, but if you are only applying to jobs you legitimately want, it only takes one offer to change your life.

So what if you get turned down by the other 40 companies you applied to?! Never, ever, ever, let doubt whisper in your ear “Don’t waste your time applying, you won’t get the job.” ‘Cause guess what, if you don’t apply you have a 100% chance of not getting it. What’s the worst possible outcome? They say “No thank you” and you move on to the next position. If you have a love for technology, but find yourself stuck at Chuck E’ Cheese, make a goal to apply to three computer related jobs a week. You’re bound to land an interview eventually, unless you smell really bad and your first name is Boogerhead (then you might not have a shot).

The best time to land your ideal job is while you are already employed. It allows you the flexibility to be selective and does not confine you to a deadline. Getting fired and then looking for a job obviously adds stress, pressure, time constraints, and financial burdens on your hunt. If you have found yourself unhappy in your current line of work, or even if you think “I really want to work in ______,” get off my freakin’ website and go to craigslist, monster, or your local newspaper and go apply for a position you’d love.

So how ’bout it you blogilicious people… What’s your current line of work? What do you want to be doing? And why aren’t you doing it? If you are already working in your dream field, how did you get there?  How long did it take? Are you a bagillion times happier now than before?

Get out there and punch your sucky employer in the face and get the job you deserve!

{ 4 comments }

1 Jesse

I like my line of work but I dont necessarily like what I am doing right now. I do however like where I work because of how flexible and laid back it is here. You pick your battles sometimes.

The reason I don’t go looking right now is because I currently don’t have a full and marketable skill set for the job I actually want. I could try the intern route, or learn on the job but I have a family to provide for so I will wait on somewhat stable ground till I am through with school.

2 tom

Hey dude, why are you copying my blog post from today about hating jobs?
Just kidding.

You know, it sound so simple but so many of us look focus and track and end up doing something else.
It may be you need the money, you’re starting a business, someone influenced you.
From personal experience, I’ve had this issue for a long time, doing a job for the sake of doing and thinking that I could hit it big with a business so I won’t have to work another job.

The other issue was not having a reality check as a result of that. Furthermore, not having a clear focus or plan for your career. I recall having several interviews for jobs that would have put me on the path I want to be on, and this has happened in the last 2 years.
Talk about losing out on opportunities.

3 J. Money

You got it right buster – all about getting out there and DOING something about it! Nicely done mr. secret special sauce agent.

4 Bret

I’ve had two jobs in my career that I dreaded and I worked for about two years at each of them.

After I quit my last job, I watched the movie Office Space about five times and I just laughed at what I was putting up with. I kept thinking to myself, why did I wait two years to quit?

Life is much too short to work for a selfish comapny or a condescending boss. My job as an IT Manager can be stressful enough, without all of the office politics and drama.

I have a great new job and my life is so much better now. There is no amount of money worth being miserable every day.

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