I was job hunting for over a month. I was new to Austin, as well as the technology industry. I graduated college in May, 2015. To be honest, I was new to career hunting and didn’t really know what I was doing. I’ve done lots of jobs; from ditch digger to oil spill deckhand to tax accountant. “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” kinds of jobs. I’ve mainly worked a w2 job since I turned 15, and I worked two to three jobs at a time for around 10 years. Because of these factors, going back to school and getting a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Management Information Systems sounded good to me.
After graduation I had my degree, moved to the right market, and BAM… The monotony of the application process: search job boards, post resumes, apply to jobs, re-post resumes, fill out applications with that same resume info, write cover letters, reply to emails, take phone interviews, and talk to recruiters… Hurry up and… Wait.
Suddenly I found a little luck. I applied to a company called Accruent, which I ran across on a job site. Why was this application lucky? The job itself required the same qualifications as lots of others. The job description read the same as most postings. It was just another software company, right? Wrong! As I do every time I get a response to an application, I checked out the company’s website. By doing this I initially discovered that Accruent looked like the type of place where I could succeed. I read the vision and mission statements and they indicated an emphasis on people and products. I checked out their products and business model, which appeared to be working incredibly well. It was when I learned about the company culture that it all fell in to place. The company and its employees appeared to portray a unique atmosphere! This is what I forgot to look for when applying to other companies. Thankfully I got lucky and applied to this beautiful black and white job board posting.
My advice to anyone, who is searching for a career position, is to go online and research companies, not job openings. Sure, you can look and see who is hiring. But before hitting that “apply” button, go check out the company website. Do some research about the company’s values, culture, and employees. When you find the right place, that’s when you go after the right position. Apply, write emails and cover letters, tailor your resume, prepare for that interview, and get excited; because, you know if you land this one that you’ve done exactly what you set out to do. You set a goal, you found a way to make it happen, and then you accomplished that goal. You’ve found yourself, not a job, a career. You’ve found a home. You’ve found a future. And if all goes well, you’ve found a group of friends and colleagues that can’t wait to see you reach the success that they have found.
Be excited and confident knowing your place in the world is out there, and you know the path to finding it.
Accruent Job Listings: http://www.accruent.com/company/careers