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Finding a job can suck…but it doesn’t have to

Let’s be honest here, looking for a job can be brutal.

It’s hard, it can take forever, and you don’t get paid. If you think about it, finding a job really is a full-time job. (Of course, without all the benefits of a job, such as money, self-respect, and minimal motherly nagging.)

Before landing myself a sweet job at TalentEgg, (woot!) I spent a solid couple of months looking.

I know how it feels to sign on to Monster only to find that the majority of jobs in the one to two year experience level are crap (and I mean crap). They are the type of  jobs where all you can think is “Why did I even bother going to university? I could get a job at a bar and make more money, and probably learn more too.” It’s discouraging to say the least.

Here’s what the older generations say:

You have to put your time in, and everyone does jobs that they don’t like…blah blah blah.

will work for brains Finding a job can suck...but it doesnt have to

I know, I get it. I’ve done plenty of  jobs I didn’t like. But before anyone gets on their high horse to lecture me, may I remind everyone that it was those generations that raised us to believe that we could do anything we want and to never settle for less.

Now that I’ve said that, lecture on.

Well, I’m not settling. I want a job that is challenging, that I can respect myself for doing, that I see as worthy (yeah, I said worthy) of the amount of time and effort that I put into getting my university degree. And it’s not about the money, it’s about finding something to build on that will help me develop as a person. That’s what’s important. The money comes later.

So, yeah, looking for a job can suck. But you know what’s worse? Settling for something that you don’t respect yourself for doing and not acting on that nagging feeling of “I can do better than this.” That sucks more than looking for a job.

Hi. My name is Nathaniel, and I’m the new marketing and sales co-ordinator at TalentEgg. How did I get this job? I didn’t settle and I stayed determined. Cheesy, I know, but it’s true.

So, I’m asking you not to settle.

In fact, all of us here at TalentEgg won’t let you. That’s why we have the best internships and entry-level jobs from across Canada, so you can find the one that excites you and stops your mother form nagging you so much.

Employers and educators, this is where you’ll find the students and new grads who have decided not to settle.

Photo credit: Will work for brains by Liza on Flickr

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Nathaniel Rottenberg

5 comments

  1. January 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Welcome Nathaniel! I’m glad you decided to hold out for the egg carton! :)

    P.S. Wicked picture!

  2. January 15, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I think you’re selling yourself a bit short here… You also worked really, really hard, and proved to the whole team that you should be here. I think job hunting would suck less for recent grads if more of them had your attitude and work ethic!

  3. Nathaniel Rottenberg
    January 15, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Thanks Arina! I’m very glad too! I can’t take credit for the pic, that was all Cassandra.

    Cassandra – you’re awesome! Thanks for the kind words and I’m very happy to be part of the team.

  4. January 17, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Hi Nathaniel,

    I completely agree – finding a job can indeed suck. A year ago I was job hunting and panicking about having done my Undergrad degree in England and then needing to find a job in Canada but I found TalentEgg. I wrote to Lauren and she completely reassured me and I started to use TE as my friendly encyclopedia of knowledge for all things Canadian Employment related. The main thing I learned was to consider all options and network your butt off – which I did and now I have an awesome job working for a great start-up tech company in London. While I didn’t end up in Canada all those lessons still applied no matter where I was in the world.

    I’ve forwarded your article on to my little sister who is beginning her entry into the working world in Vancouver and finding it very frustrating and disheartening as I did. Hopefully Talent Egg will be able to help her as it did me.

    You guys make what can be a terrifying part of growing up a far less scary place. Thanks, and what a fantastic job to have!

    Sincerely,

    Ali

  5. Nathaniel Rottenberg
    January 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Hi Ali,

    Thanks for the comment! It’s always great to get positive feedback from someone who has been helped by TalentEgg. Especially on a Monday! Congrats on landing a great job! If you can remember, I’d love to know which articles you found most helpful?

    Thanks for passing my post to your sister. If there is anything we can do to help her out, let me know.

    Best of luck at your job!

    Nathaniel

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