Americans: What is your current job, and how did you get it?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

No magic or knowing someone for me, just hard work and persistence. 

I simply applied to thousands of jobs online through Monster.com or Careerbuilder.com after I graduated from college. I interviewed with a few, turned down some offers, then landed this one that I am happy at. I am an M&P Engineer in R&D for an Aerospace company. While I did go to school for engineering, I did not study Aerospace so I was a little shocked that my degree applied here. But again, I just applied to ANY and EVERY job I could and it took about 3 months for a great one to stick. 

Post # 3
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1900 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

catapple :  I’m a chemist. I applied to thousands of job postings, got a few interviews, then this job came up.

Post # 4
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14949 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve only worked for 3 companies since graduting with electrical engineering degree.  All 3 are at large engineering companies.  First job, career fair at school.  Second and third, I had friends in the company who recommended me.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Bell Tower on 34th

catapple :  I’m an external financial statement auditor.  I got my degree in Accounting and since I didn’t do an internship, I simply applied to a few large local CPA firms.  I got an offer from the first one I actually interviewed with and have been here for going on 3 years.  (Luckily it’s a slow time of year for us so I’ve been on the bee a bit) 🙂  It definitely wasn’t easy and I had to work for it since I didn’t know anyone but the offer came in fast and before graduation thank goodness.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper

catapple :  I’ve only had 3 jobs since I graduated college too. First one I responded to an advertisement and got the job, second I had a headhunter who had been on me for years to make a move find me something new. Third (and current) one I was headhunted away from job #2. I’m a litigation paralegal and thankfully we’re in fairly high demand. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I’ve had two jobs since I graduated from college. My first job, I got directly based on a referral/recommendation for the job. The company was having trouble filling the position, which they mentioned to my mentor, and my mentor recommended me. I did have to go through three grilling interviews though!

My second job, which is an admin at a university, I simply applied and was contacted for an HR screening and then interviews. I think it was sort of right candidate at the right place and right time kind of thing. I later learned that they were pretty set on finding someone for the position quickly, and I was one of the first people to apply once the position opened for external applicants. The hiring manager told me that she has been doing this for a long time, and when she saw my resume she knew I would be a great fit. Once I was hired I later learned that it is quite difficult to get hired here (just because so many apply to work here) and that most people have a friend who recommends them to the hiring manager.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

I am an Assistant Compliance Manager for a Registered Investment Advisor.  I started 11 years ago as the Front Desk Coordinator (entry level position).  A headhunter had placed me with my company.  From start to finish, looking for a job and being hired had taken a couple weeks.

I have since looked into a career change and have not had luck with finding a new job.  I’ve been looking, interviewing on and off for a couples years now.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I got my job right out of college.  I’m an engineer.  I met the company at a career fair on campus and I got an interview later on.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’m a teacher. I put in resumes at a job fair during my senior year of college. I got a call from my current school to come in for an interview. I actually didn’t end up getting the initial job I interviewed for. They went with a more experienced teacher. Fortunately for me, a teacher ended up quitting a few weeks before school started and they called me back in and offered me the job on the spot without another interview. I didn’t know anybody at the district..they just said I gave a really good interview and the only reason I didn’t get the initial job was because they wanted someone to take over an AP/Honors class that fit better with someone with experience. I only interviewed at 2 schools, so I was lucky. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

No college. Im an assistant marketing manager for a global consumer packaged goods company. I knew someone who referred me. Now they’re paying for my degree. Definitely the way to go.

Post # 12
Bee
35 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - The School of the Art Institute Ballroom

I’m a copywriter/recipe developer with a Bachelor’s in English. I got this job after applying to it (and 100 others) on Glassdoor/Linkedin/Monster/Creative Circle. My time with a previous employer (3 year contract) was coming to an end and this was the closest match to what I wanted to do.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I have had two jobs since college. My degree is in civil/enviromental engineering. My first job was a complete cold call – I googled environmental engineering and contacted every company that applied to what I wanted to do. Even places that weren’t currently hiring, I sent in my info anyway. I was lucky enough to accept an offer before graduating.

My current job is with a company I interned for in college. I was connected with them through a construction management student group. Sadly enough, this company was where I learned that I prefer the environmental side and am not a fan of construction. But when the offer is good, sometimes you sell your soul and decide to donate/volunteer to the cause you’re passionate about. That’s my story, anyway.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I am a music teacher, which makes jobs hard to come by sometimes because it is more specialized as opposed to “elementary teacher”.  It took a LOT of work to get in the door, applying to hundreds of positions and interviewing dozens of times.  My current job actually fell into my lap.  I lasted one year at my first job (there’s a lot to that story but I won’t bore you with details!), and my 2nd job actually was what led me to my current job.  I found my current job in 2015, when my other job wasn’t super stable because a colleague reached out to me about leaving her position, which is now my position.  I wasn’t looking to change jobs, but the opportunity was there and I took it.  I interviewed and was offered the job in the same day so it went pretty quickly!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2020

Was looking for work and was getting a few interviews, but mostly radio silence.  Applied for a paid internship and it turned into full-time work.  Haven’t left since!

 

One way to see if companies do this is to read through some of the bios on their staff page.  Most of mine start with “X joined the company in 2014 as a X intern…”

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