My guest blogger this week is Maggie McKisson — the (talented, but unemployed) daughter of Manpower’s VP of HR. To learn more about Maggie visit her LinkedIn profile.
Now for Maggie’s words of wisdom…
My dad approached me about writing this entry for Melanie’s Contemporary Working blog over a glass of wine during my first visit home after taking the big plunge and moving to Chicago — jobless. His sales pitch was, “Just a short message about a young person in the workforce.” With a chuckle I replied, “You mean a young person NOT in the workforce!”
After graduating in May of 2008, I moved home — like many of my friends. However, I was quite sure I’d find something great shortly thereafter. I don’t need to tell you that the market is bad. While others are feeling it in much more significant ways, I never imagined finding a job would be so difficult.
My game plan has been to get my name and resume out to as many people as possible. I quickly had to get over the scary prospect of picking up the phone and pleading my case. But for the most part, every person I’ve encountered has been extremely kind and willing to help in any way they can. Unfortunately none of these connections has led to a job!
While I’m enjoying every minute of city life in Chicago, the last year at home had some significant positives:
- Bonus time with Mom and Dad: I am so lucky to have parents who made living with them fun. I wouldn’t have the confidence to pursue a job that makes a difference without their continued, loving support.
- Volunteering: Lots of free time has given me the opportunity to identify organizations I feel are doing excellent work in the community. I’ve gotten involved and I love it.
- Planning ahead: My latest plan is studying for the GMAT with the hope of getting my MBA in the near future. It doesn’t hurt to plan ahead!
I remain confident that I’ll find the perfect job for me. And I look forward to being in a position where I can help those who have been so kind to me over the last year. And I still fill my free time with volunteering, studying and exploring the city.
But for now, Find a Job will remain at the top of my To Do list.