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

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 16
9214 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m a lawyer in big law. Firms came to campus for interviews between 1L and 2L years. I didn’t know anyone, I’m the first lawyer in the family. Summered at the firm between 2L and 3L years and got a post-grad offer. Started as an associate right after I took the bar. That’s the usual route in big law.

Post # 17
5112 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

I’m a government postdoc in neurobiology. I started applying for jobs as I was finishing up my PhD. I had one promising job through my PhD advisor, but that didn’t pan out as they decided not to hire anyone. The ad for my job was sent through the mailing list for my grad program. I emailed the PI and sent my CV. I interviewed and was offered a job shortly after that. Prior to applying, I had no connection to this job, though afterward I found out that I actually know a few people who worked here before me, small world. 

Post # 18
3845 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

catapple :  This is my second job since I graduated with my law degree.  The first one I worked really hard to get, the second I got through a connection (had been looking for a new job for about a year).  My internships (and I had a ton of them) definitely helped show that I had interest and experience in my niche area of law, but it’s all about who you know.

Post # 19
138 posts
Blushing bee

I’m a research coordinator.

I just graduated college in May. I started applying to jobs last December. I probably applied to hundreds of jobs across the country. I used sites like indeed and just searched the employment section of different places usually. Thanks to a lot of effort, good luck, and some coincidence, I was able to secure a paid Research Assistant position before I graduated.

I do PTSD, depression, and suicide research (yes, very cheerful topics). This was job just so happened to be the one job that wasn’t actually hiring when I “applied” – I pretty much just “cold-emailed” for this position. I looked at their staff page and found someone’s email address and sent her a long email about how bad ass I am and why they should hire me even though they aren’t hiring and voila! I got super lucky as this position paid double what other RA positions pay and I was able to get a promotion pretty soon after starting so yay me. 

Post # 20
2013 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

I placed my resume on Indeed or something like that. They called me. I interviewed. I thought I blew it. I got the job. 8 months in I moved back to my home state, where we had another division of our offices. I was very lucky to transfer into another role. Then worked my way into the job I have now. 

Post # 21
249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Bar Harbor Inn

I am a lawyer.  I know own my own law practice but prior to that I worked for the government.  I’ve had about 7 jobs in my life.  5 of them were because I knew someone.  In this field I think that people want someone who will fit in with the office so they like it when you’re connected to someone else that they know and like. 

Post # 22
253 posts
Helper bee

Heard about the opening through a posting system at my university. Applied. Didn’t hear anything for weeks and assumed I wasn’t getting an interview. Then they emailed me and asked me to come in. I started two days later and have moved up through the organization since. I didn’t know anybody here but I do think that I stood out because I sent hand written thank you notes to the people I interviewed with. Sometimes it’s the personal touches that set you apart.

Post # 23
454 posts
Helper bee

I’m starting my 3rd ‘real’ job since college next week. I started actively applying mid-September, and accepted an offer 7 weeks later.

I had an internship my last year of college that couldn’t afford to hire me, but a former boss there had moved on and he wanted me to join him at his company, so I did.

2nd job I applied to maybe 20 positions, got two job offers, and I accepted the best fit. No networking needed.

3rd job, I applied to 8 positions, got two job offers, accepted the one I wanted. No networking necessary.

Post # 24
3381 posts
Sugar bee

catapple :  Another lawyer here. I work part-ish-time from home, remotely, because we moved to a small town for my husband’s job. I asked my firm if I could go remote and they said sure. I just switched from being salaried to hourly. 

What’s your story OP? I feel like we are spilling our professional guts for a resarch paper!

Post # 25
1883 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I work in financial consulting. I have an accounting degree and was recruited off campus by a CPA firm for my first job. For my second job, a friend mentioned his rather prestigious consulting firm was hiring people with my background and offered to refer me internally, and I said yes and sent him my resume. They called me within a couple of weeks, I interviewed and had an offer within two days. For my third and current job (another consulting firm), they actually found me on LinkedIn – I wasn’t looking at the time but wasn’t closed to moving. 

Post # 26
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

When I graduated college in May 2015, I started a full time paid marketing internship with Disney. While it may have delayed me half a year from a “real job” (although I’m pretty sure I was responsible for more in that position than my current job), it helped me get interviews relatively easily. I applied for a handful of jobs online, got interviews for the majority of them, and accepted a job 10 minutes from my home at a small civil engineering company. I found that job on my alma mater’s job posting site.

Post # 27
445 posts
Helper bee

Can’t say for whom I work exactly, but I got connected to this job while in grad school (took classes with my future boss). Having connections is probably the biggest help you can get in finding a job. At the time I got this job, I was also applying through traditional means, but my only other truly competitive offer was also through another connection.

Post # 28
586 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Nepal

I’m an Executive Assistant/Corporate Event Planner. After graduating college, I finally landed a job after 9 months. I was well over qualified and the pay was crap. No matter what job I’ve had, whether cocktail serving or my current position, I work my tail off to be the best at that job. This has paid off for me tremendously and is why I have my current position. After 6 months at my last job, the President of the company approached me and said he knew of an opening at another company that I would be great for.  The position required a Masters degree and 10 years of C-level executive assistant experience. I had a bachelors degree and no experience. For some reason, my now boss took a chance on me and it’s been an incredible role! I don’t think it was luck, but I am thankful that someone noticed my strengths and potential. Getting the first job can be rough. There were so many times I just wanted to break down and cry. Why wouldn’t anyone give me a chance? Hell, even an interview! 

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